Louisiana College Nursing Program Review


Louisiana College (LC) is a private coeducational university that was founded in 1906. It is located in Pineville, Louisiana and is affiliated with the Louisiana Baptist Convention. About 1,500 students attend the college that is the only Baptist coeducational liberal arts college in Louisiana. There are over 70 programs of study offered at LC, including a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

More than 80 majors, minors, and pre-professional programs of study are offered. Over $4 million in financial aid and private scholarships are awarded to students each year, and over 90 percent of all students receive some form of financial aid. The college does not receive direct federal support, but is supported by the Louisiana Baptist Convention, student tuition, and private donors. It is one of the most recognized colleges in the South. Usually, one-hundred percent of those graduating from the nursing program find employment before their graduation from the college.

Nursing Programs

Nursing (BSN)

Louisiana College offers a Nursing (BSN) program that leads to a Bachelor of Arts in Nursing (BSN). This course is designed for students who want to have a career as a professional nurse. The program lasts for four years and offers online course management resources with standardized review, testing packages, and e-books to make learning easier and more convenient for students. Students have opportunities to travel to other parts of the world to help others, such as the Mexico Missions that is one week spent in Mexico, administering immunizations and observing the medical system of this country. Students first complete two years of general education requirements before taking upper division nursing courses and completing clinical experience in a variety of healthcare settings.

At the completion of this program, a BSN is awarded to the student. Graduates take the national exam for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN), the NCLEX-RN. The college does not guarantee that graduating from the program will allow students to successfully pass the NCLEX-RN or obtain a job as an RN, but they have very high rates of graduates passing this exam.

Students must first apply to Louisiana College before applying to the nursing program. They must send their application and high school transcript to the Admissions Office. Either the ACT or SAT must be taken with scores sent to the college.

Nursing RN to BSN

Louisiana College also offers a Nursing RN to BSN program for Registered Nurses (RNs) who want to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Students may begin taking the general education core courses at any time, but the nursing curriculum is being redesigned to make it more convenient for working nurses. Students must first apply to college by completing an application as a transfer student. It must be accompanied by official transcripts from each college of university that the student has attended and sent to the Office of Admissions. Students must complete all of the upper level nursing courses and clinical experience plus the general education courses required by the college to qualify for graduation.

Accelerated BSN Program

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (ABSN) is designed for those who have previously completed a bachelor’s degree in another field. Many students who apply to this program have the majority of the prerequisite general education courses already completed. They do need to complete the nursing prerequisites before beginning the actual ABSN program and clinical experience. This program is very challenging and requires full-time attendance. At its completion, students take the NCLEX-RN, the national exam for licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Contact:
Louisiana College
1400 College Drive,
Pineville, Louisiana 71360
(318) 487-7011

 
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