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Bachelor of Science Degree
Nursing, RN to BSN/MSN Program


The purpose of the Our Lady of the Lake College RN to BSN/MSN Program is to provide registered nurses with a broad educational foundation and the opportunity to obtain the Bachelor or Master of Science in Nursing degree. This program of study prepares the student for professional leadership roles, career enhancement, and graduate/doctoral study in nursing. It expands upon knowledge and skills essential to practice in a rapidly changing health care environment. The program is flexible and student-oriented. It is designed for diploma and ASN prepared nurses who wish to further their education on a part-time or full-time basis while continuing employment. The RN- BSN/MSN program offers two tracks: nurse educator and nurse administrator.


Upon completion of the RN to BSN/MSN Program, the graduate will be able to:

    1. Provide holistic nursing care to individuals, families communities, and populations across the lifespan, the health continuum, and healthcare contexts. 

    2. Integrate knowledge from the arts, sciences and nursing in the delivery of high quality nursing care.

    3. Translate existing evidence into safe nursing practice.

    4. Communicate and collaborate in respectful partnerships to optimize health.

    5. Function as a leader within dynamic healthcare systems using knowledge of health policy and legal principles.

    6. adhere to ethical principles while serving as advocate and healthcare provider.

    7. Develop a spirit of inquiry and reflection for continuous personal and professional growth.

Admission Criteria

  1. Have completed a diploma or associate degree from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited nursing program.
  2. Current registered nurse licensure in Louisiana or eligibility of same.
  3. Transfer credit for courses from other accredited institutions and credit-by-examination will be accepted according to OLOLC policy.

Application Process

Students may apply for admission to the RN to BSN/MSN Program during the last semester of enrollment in an RN program (ASN or diploma) or after completion of an RN program. Applicants should apply by May 1 for summer admission, by July 1 for fall admission, and by December 1 for spring admission. Currently, there is no selective admission process; however, early application is strongly encouraged and may be required in order for the student to preregister for courses with limited enrollments.

Admission Decisions

Full Acceptance

Full acceptance into the RN to BSN/MSN Program is awarded to those applicants who have completed an RN program (diploma or ASN), obtained RN licensure in Louisiana, and meet the admission requirements of OLOLC.

Provisional Acceptance

Provisional acceptance is granted for one semester only (fall, spring, summer) to applicants who have not yet obtained RN licensure in Louisiana. The student must meet full acceptance criteria for second semester enrollment in the RN to BSN/MSN Program.

The studentís acceptance letter into the RN to BSN/MSN Program will direct her/him to contact a program advisor for academic advising. Students must see an academic advisor prior to enrolling in the first semester of the RN to BSN/MSN Program and prior to enrolling in the last semester of the Program.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete one hundred twenty (120) credit hours in the required courses;
  • Complete RN-BSN nursing courses within five (5) years;
  • Achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher on all college work;
  • Achieve a grade of C or better on all course work leading to the BSN degree;
  • Fulfill the residency requirement of 36 hours for the Bachelor of Science degree; thirty of those hours must be at the 3000-4000 level and must be taken at OLOLC;
  • Clearance of all indebtedness to OLOLC, including the return of all materials borrowed from the College Library.


Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
Core Curriculum Requirements
Arts and Sciences courses from ASN transfer   35
MATH 2315 General Statistics 3
Arts and Sciences Electives 15
Arts and Sciences Electives (3000 Level or above) 6
  Total 59
Lower Division Nursing Courses - ASN
NURS 1310 Pharmacology in Nursing 3
NURS 1710 Fundamental of Nursing Practice 7
NURS 1715 Adult Health Nursing I 5
NURS 1720 Mental Health Nursing 4
NURS 2710 Adult Health Nursing II 5
NURS 2715 Care of Children and Families 4
NURS 2720 Care of Women and Noenates 4
NURS 2725 Adult Nursing III 6
  Total 38
Baccalaureate Core Nursing Courses
NURS 3310 Research in Nursing Practice 3
NURS 3315 Pathophysiology 3
NURS 3320 Health Assessment 3
NURS 3325 Leadership Principles in Nursing 3
NURS 4315 Nursing in the 21st Century 3
NURS 4710 Community Nursing 5
NURS Elective   3
  Total 23
  Bachelor total hours 120

Upon completing the Baccalaureate Program, students may continue to complete the MSN courses.

MSN Nursing Core Courses
NURS 5210 Health Care Informatics 2
NURS 5215 Legal/Ethical Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice 2
NURS 5220 Transcultural and Social Perspectivces 2
NURS 5315 Applied Statistics 3
NURS 5225 Health Policy 2
NURS 5240 Research for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NURS 5230 Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice 2
  Total 16
Educator Track
NURS 6310 Curriculum & Evaluation 3
NURS 6210 Nurse as Educator 2
NURS 6710 Education Practicum I 2
NURS 6330 Instructional Design 3
NURS 6720 Education Practicum II 2
NURS 6730 Capstone Project 2
  Total 14
Administrator Track
NURS 6215 Organizational Behavior 2
NURS 6325 Management of Health Personnel 3
NURS 6715 Adminstration Practicum I 2
NURS 6335 Financial Management 3
NURS 6725 Administration Practicum II 2
NURS 6730 Capstone Project 2
  Total 14
  Grand Total for RN-MSN program 150**

** 4 credit hours may be given for life/work experience

Degree Requirements:

BSN Courses: 120 hours
MSN Courses: 30 hours

Total required for Bachelor/Master of Science in Nursing degree = 150 credit hours