Southern University at Shreveport (SUSLA) was opened in 1967 as a unit of the Southern University System, as a two-year commuter college to serve the Shreveport/Bossier communities. The University opened its Metro Center location in 1988, and also has the Aerospace Technology Center occupying two hangars at the Downtown Airport in Shreveport. The main campus is on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
SUSLA offers over 30 educational, religious, Greek, or sports organizations for the students to join. The University also has the Johnny L. Vance Student Union and Activity Center. This Center is like a campus living room for students to hang out in. It is also a venue for events and presentations throughout the year, such as art shows, seminars, movies, and workshops.
Associate of Science (AS) in Nursing
Students may begin their careers in nursing by pursing an associate degree in nursing. After graduation, they will be allowed to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) to become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). This is a 72 credit hour program that has been approved by the Louisiana Department of Nursing, and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
The program admits students in the spring semester. To apply, students will need to be admitted to SUSLA, be declared a Pre-Nursing major, complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of at least a C, take at least 12 credit hours at SUSLA, have an overall GPA of at least 2.5, and achieve a score of at least 120 on the National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Exam (PAX-RN). They must also apply to the Louisiana State Board of Nursing for entrance into the program, complete their health form, submit verification of CPR certification, and not be currently enrolled in a school other than SUSLA.
The prerequisite classes for this program are General Chemistry Lecture, Freshman English I, Algebra for College Students, Human Anatomy and Physiology Lecture and Lab I, Microbiology Lecture and Lab, and Art of Nursing Practice.
If there are more applicants that there are slots available in the program, students will be selected based on their GPA. If there is a tie based on GPA for the last open slot, the student with the higher PAX-RN score will be selected. If students have identical PAX-RN scores, then the student who has earned more hours at SUSLA will earn the spot in the program.
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to RN
LPNs may take this accelerated program to earn their associate degree and become licensed RNs. This program admits students in the fall semester, after they have completed their prerequisite courses.
To be eligible to apply, students will need to have a current LPN license, be admitted to SUSLA, be a graduate of an approved practical/vocational nursing program, declare their major as nursing, have completed a minimum of 12 hours at the University, have a GPA of at least 2.5, have earned at least a C in all prerequisite courses, submit their CPR certification and health record, and take the Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam.
The prerequisites for the LPN to RN program are General Chemistry Lecture, Freshman English I and II, College Algebra, Finite Mathematics, Microbiology Lecture and Lab, Human Anatomy and Physiology Lecture and Lab I and II, and Developmental Psychology.
Once accepted into the program, students will take Transition to Professional Nursing. After completing that course, they will earn 14 credit hours for past education and experience.
National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Exam (PAX-RN) prep course covers reading comprehension, science, math, critical thinking covered on this exam. The PAX-RN is an entrance requirement for many nursing schools.
Career Pathways is a program offered through the Department of Early Start (formerly Dual Enrollment) where high school students may begin earning credit for college during their last two years of high school. The nursing program is one of many that are available through this program.
Southern University at Shreveport
3050 Doctor Martin Luther King Drive,
Shreveport, LA 71107