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Program Accreditations

The AHA Training Center is approved by the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care Program.

The Continuing Education Program is approved by the Louisiana State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation as a Continuing Education Provider.

The Nursing Assistant Program is approved by the Department of Health and Hospitals for the education and certification examination of nursing assistants.

Graduates of the Phlebotomy Program meet all requirements of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists to sit for the National Certification Examination for Phlebotomist.

The Practical Nursing Program is accredited by the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners.

Students enrolled in a distributed learning program offered through the Non-Degree Programs must adhere to the same curricular guidelines as those enrolled in traditional on-campus programs as presented in this catalog.

American Heart Association Training Center

The AHA Training Center is approved by the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care Program offering emergency cardiac care courses to the healthcare professional and the general public.

Initial and renewal AHA courses for healthcare professionals include:

Healthcare Provider Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).

American Heart Association courses for the general community include:

Heartsaver Adult and Pediatric CPR
Heartsaver Adult and Pediatric CPR with Automatic External Defibrillation (Heartsaver AED)
Family & Friends CPR
Heartsaver First Aid.

Instructor training courses for each ECC course are offered for AHA Instructor Certification.

The Training Center oversees AHA instructors throughout the State and is responsible for the quality assurance of courses provided by these instructors at off-campus training sites. We can customize course times and locations to meet specialized needs; offer group courses for physician practice or other groups tailored to your organization's priorities; provide flexible training times; and offer effective group training.

Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program

The Nursing Assistant program is approved by the Department of Health and Hospitals for the education and certification examination of nursing assistants.

The program prepares students for employment in long-term care facilities, home health agencies and hospitals where basic bedside nursing care is needed. Classroom instruction includes introduction to health care, basic nursing skills, body structure and function, infection
control, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the job-seeking process. Students participate in clinical activities under the supervision of the instructor, both in the skills lab and in clinical facilities. Upon completion of this program, a student is eligible for certification and registry as a nursing assistant in the State of Louisiana.

Admission Process

1.    Completion of the application, including the letter of application describing the applicant’s unique attributes.

2.    Payment of the application fee. 

3.    Submission of official high school transcripts or certification of GED.

Admission Requirements

  • Graduation from high school with a minimum GPA of 2.0 or completion of the GED exam with a minimum score of 400.

NOTE: If a student has attended college, a college transcript with a minimum 2.0 GPA may be substituted for the required high school transcript.

The application deadline is July 15 for fall classes; December 1 for spring classes, and May 1 for summer classes.

The Admissions Committee will consider past academic performance as well as the individuality of the applicant. Program demand and availability of clinical resources when making admission decisions will also be considered.

Once accepted into the program, students must complete the Health and Safety Packet. Students will not be permitted to attend class until this requirement is met.

Continuing Education Program

OLOLC approved by the Louisiana State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation as a Continuing Education Provider.

Continuing Education prepares a variety of educational activities for health care professionals and the general public. These programs may be designed to award Continuing Education (CE) Credits (CEUs), CNE or in some cases may be taken for CEUs in place of college credit.

An annual needs assessment determines topics to be offered for CE credit that will contribute to improve the quality of care and safety of patients and residents in the region.
Professional course offerings for nursing, allied health and other CE credit include such a wide array of healthcare related topics including but not limited to certification review courses, cardiology, critical incident stress management and medical/surgical nurse-related subject matter and care for the elderly.

Phlebotomy Program

Graduates of the Phlebotomy program meet all requirements of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists to sit for the National Certification Examination for Phlebotomist.

The Phlebotomy program is a 13-week certificate program consisting of 80 classroom hours and 120 clinical hours. Classroom hours are scheduled two evenings per week. Clinical hours are arranged over a three week period during the day at various healthcare agencies and laboratories. The program prepares students for employment in agencies where there is a need to obtain blood specimens for laboratory examinations. At the completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the National Phlebotomy Certification Exam.

Admission Process

1.    Completion of the application, including the letter of application describing the applicant’s unique attributes.

2.    Payment of the application fee. 

3.    Submission of official high school transcripts or certification of GED.

Admission Requirements

  • Graduation from high school with a minimum GPA of 2.0 or completion of the GED exam with a minimum score of 400.

NOTE: If a student has attended college, a college transcript with a minimum 2.0 GPA may be substituted for the high school transcript.

Application deadline is July 15 for fall admission; December 1 for spring admission; and May 1 for summer admission.

The applicant’s past academic performance and individuality will be considered by the Admissions Committee. The College may also consider program demand and availability of clinical resources when making admissions decisions.

Once accepted into the program, the student must complete the Health and Safety Packet. Students will not be permitted to attend class until this requirement is met.

Practical Nursing (PN) Program

The Practical Nursing Program is accredited by the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners.

Practical Nursing Program Full-time Faculty                                        

Susie Brown, B.S.N., R.N., MBA/HCM, Director of Practical Nursing Program

Donna Bonfanti, M.S.N., R.N.                     
LaToya Briggs, B.S.N., R.N.                        
Brandi McCants, B.S.N., R.N.                      
Heather Voisin, B.S.N., R.N.
Laurie Speed, M.S.N., R.N.

Diploma – Practical Nursing
The Practical Nursing Program consists of four semesters, which include both classroom instruction and supervised clinical activities in accredited hospitals, nursing homes and other health care agencies. The program is approved by Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners (LSBPNE). The curriculum is based upon specific requirements as set forth by LSBPNE. A class is admitted each fall and spring semester.

The Diploma in Practical Nursing includes 13 academic credits and 40 technical credits.  Graduates of the Practical Nursing program who wish to extend their course of studies to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) must complete additional pre-requisite requirements for consideration for admission.

Purpose

The Practical Nursing Program prepares students for employment in health care facilities, agencies and hospitals where basic bedside nursing care is needed. The licensed practical nurse works under the direction of a licensed physician, optometrist or dentist acting individually or as a part of a health care team under the direction of a registered nurse. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the student is prepared to sit for the national licensure exam for Licensed Practical Nursing.

The curriculum has been developed utilizing the nursing process and incorporating the concepts of holistic nursing, hierarchy of needs, stress and adaptation, creative problem-solving and psychosocial development. The program is based on the career ladder concept, allowing students the option of becoming certified nursing assistants at the completion of the first semester.

Practical Nursing Program Objectives

Upon completion of the Practical Nursing Program the student will be able to:

1.    Describe the role of the LPN as specified by the nursing practice act and function within this scope.

2.    Integrate spiritual, socioeconomic and developmental concepts and values in providing individualized care for patients, families and groups experiencing common health problems.

3.    Apply knowledge from biopsychosocial and nursing sciences as the basics for beginning practice as a practical nurse.

4.    Utilize the specialized knowledge and skills within the framework of the nursing process to meet the health needs of people in a variety of settings under the direction of qualified health professionals.

5.    Safeguard the confidential information acquired, from any source about the patient and her/his family or significant other.

6.    Communicate with clients, families, significant others and other health team members in the delivery of healthcare.

7.    Practice within the profession's legal scope and ethical boundaries to meet the healthcare needs of individuals, families and groups in a variety of health care settings.

8.    Collaborate with other health team members to provide care for individuals in a variety of healthcare settings.

9.    Assume responsibility for continuing the life long process of personal, professional and educational development.

10. Utilize appropriate knowledge, skills and abilities in providing safe, competent care in performing nursing functions.

Practical Nursing Program Curriculum Plan

 

Semester 1

Credit Hours

Semester 2

Credit Hours

ACSM 1110

1

BIOL 2310

3

CHEM 1310

3

HCLP 1725

1

HCCS 1110

1

HCLP 1726

1

HCMT 1110

1

HCLP 1730

4

HCMA 0010

1

HCLP 1731

3

HCLP 1710

2

HCLP 1735

1

HCLP 1715

4

 

 

HCLP 1720

3

 

 

Semester Credit Hours

16

Semester Credit Hours

13

 

 

 

 

Semester 3

Credit Hours

Semester 4

Credit Hours

BIOL 2311

3

HCLP 1740

2

BIOL 2320

3

HCLP 1750

2

HCLP 1727

1

HCLP 1755

7

HCLP 1732

4

 

 

HCLP 1745

2

 

 

Semester Credit Hours

13

Semester Credit Hours

11

Note: HCLP courses are awarded technical credit and are not applied toward associate or baccalaureate degrees at Our Lady of the Lake College .

PN Admission Process

1.    Completion of the program application, including the letter of application detailing the applicant’s unique attributes.

2.    Payment of the application fee.

3.    Submission of high school transcripts or GED scores.

4.    Official transcripts from all other Colleges previously attended or currently attending.

5.    Submission of official ACT and/or TABE scores.

PN Admission Requirements

1.    Graduation from high school with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0; OR completion of a high school equivalency diploma (General Education Development-GED) with a minimum average score of 401.

2.    ACT or TABE scores:

 

MATH

READING

LANG/ENG

ACT

17

19

17

TABE

10.5

11.0

11.0

Information about the individuality of the applicant and past academic performance will be considered by the Admissions Committee. The College may also consider program demand and availability of clinical resources when making admission decisions.

The deadline for receipt of completed admission forms and documents is July 15 for fall admission and December 1 for spring admission. Although applications must be received by the deadline, each applicant is encouraged to submit her/his application and all documentation as soon as possible prior to the deadline to ensure ample time for processing. Once all information has been received, the student will be notified of her/his status.

Once accepted into the PN Program, the student must complete the following requirements before the start of the first class:

1.    Completion of the Health and Safety Packet. Students will not be allowed to attend class until this requirement is met.

2.    A certified copy of the applicant’s birth certificate and a copy of a valid United States picture identification.

3.    Fingerprint and criminal background check by Louisiana State Police.

4.    Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse examiners evaluation form. The Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners reserves the right to deny a student admission to clinical nursing courses based upon results of a preliminary criminal record check. Students will not be allowed to attend class until this requirement is met.

Note:  Due to LSBPNE regulations no student may be currently serving under any court imposed order of supervised probation, work-release or parole in connection with any felony conviction(s), plea agreement or any agreement pursuant to the Louisiana Code of Criminal procedure, Article 893.

Resources related to the PN program admission process:

1.    A high school transcript may be obtained from the student’s high school or from the State Department of Education.  GED scores may be obtained from the State Department of Education.  Transcripts or GED scores should be sent to:  PN Program Admissions, 5414 Brittany Drive, Baton Rouge LA  70808.

2.    ACT Web site: www.act.org to request scores or register for exam; use school code 1621.

3.    TABE Survey is given at the Christa McAuliffe Center, 12000 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA. Call (225) 226-7631.

4.    A certified copy of a birth certificate can be obtained in person at a health unit in your area

Admission with Advanced Standing

A student who has withdrawn in good standing from an approved or accredited nursing program within the previous four years may be considered for advanced placement.  Students requesting advanced standing admission, with earned nursing course credit hours from other institutions, must submit official transcript(s) from previous institution(s) along with additional requested information as detailed in the admission requirements for advance standing below.  Each course, for which the student has earned credit hours, will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine if it (the course) qualifies for transfer credit.   Credit will be given for any courses that are judged to meet the OLOLC PN curriculum competencies and for which the student received a passing grade of “C" (80%) or better within the previous 4 years.  The Practical Nursing Program director will review all requests for advanced standing on a case-by-case basis.


Admission requirements for advanced standing:

1.    Follow the standard PN program application requirements.

2.    Classified as “in good standing" at previously enrolled nursing program(s) institutions.

3.    Provide official program description, curriculum pattern, course description, a detailed course outline and skills list for all previous nursing courses completed within previous 4 years.  Only nursing courses completed within previous 4 years will be considered for transfer credit.

4.    Successfully complete skills verification check-off by OLOLC Practical Nursing program faculty.

A proposed Advanced Standing Plan is developed following evaluation of the transcript and previous program content; confirmation that a student has successfully met admission requirements for OLOLC; and confirmation that placement is possible. Basic and advanced math application will be evaluated both didactically and in the lab setting before full credit is given for previous clinical and/or lab hours. The Advanced Standing Plan must meet final approval of Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners before the student may register for courses.  All records of advanced standing status, admission tests, course of study and program achievement will be maintained in the student file.

The decision about whether a student qualifies for advanced standing will depend upon the readiness of the student for entry into the program, as well as space availability. There is no separate class for students with advanced standing. Placement is made into one of the ongoing classes after review, provided there is a vacancy.

PN Program Completion Requirements

A diploma for Practical Nursing is awarded when the following conditions have been met:

  1. 1.     Completion of all required courses.  The practical nursing courses must be completed within four years from the time of first admission;

  2. Achievement of a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher on all required course work;
  3. Clearance of all indebtedness to OLOLC including the return of all materials borrowed from the College Library; and
  4. Fulfillment of OLOLC residency requirements of at least 13 credit hours in the PN curriculum.

Licensure

Upon completion of the program students are eligible to apply to take National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) to become licensed to legally practice as a practical nurse in the state of Louisiana.  The examination is designed to test knowledge, skills and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of entry level practical nursing. Application to the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners (LSBPNE) for licensure should be completed by the student following program completion. The LSBPNE authorizes candidates to take the NCLEX-PN and provides the NCLEX registration form to the OLOLC for distribution to students. The LSBPNE reserves the right to disapprove the taking of the NCLEX-PN by persons having had disciplinary action, arrest or impairment. Applicants for licensure who have had a disciplinary action, arrest or impairment must provide documentation of the circumstances of the action, arrest or impairment to the LSBPNE. Questions regarding eligibility to take the examination should be directed to the LSBPNE.