The purpose of the MSN Program at Our Lady of the Lake College is to
provide the opportunity for the registered nurse, prepared at the
Baccalaureate level (BSN), to complete a Master of Science in
Nursing (MSN) degree. The program is based on the premise that
nurses prepared at the master’s level build on competencies achieved
in their foundational nursing programs. As part of the MSN Program,
the registered nurse integrates and synthesizes knowledge from
nursing, as well as the Arts and Sciences, to develop holistic
healthcare delivery systems for individuals, families, and
There are currently two options within the MSN degree program:
administration and education. The education option consists of 42
total credit hours, and the administration option consists of 45
credit hours. The MSN Program at Our Lady of the Lake College is
consistent with the guidelines set forth by the American Association
of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) “Essentials of Masters Education
for Advanced Practice Nursing”, as well as the National League
for Nursing Standards and Criteria for Masters Degree Programs.
– The education degree option prepares the graduate to apply
teaching-learning theory, principles of curriculum development,
evaluation methodology and role specialization as a nurse educator
in various settings, including health care organizations, public and
private schools, and institutions of higher learning. The graduate
will develop expertise as an educator of nursing students, patients,
and other individuals and groups.
Successful completion of this option provides graduates with the
academic preparation necessary to meet the educational eligibility
requirements for national certification as a Certified Nurse
Educator from the National League for Nursing.
– The administration degree option prepares the graduate to apply
leadership and management skills at the unit-based system of patient
care, and within the larger health care organization. Students will
develop expertise in resource allocation through lessons in
continuous quality improvement, cost containment, free market
competition, managed care, technology, diversity, and a focus on
ethical issues. Students will use skills in assessing and analyzing
health care needs in the practice setting.
Successful completion of this option qualifies graduates to apply
for national certification in Nursing Administration from the
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ACC).
Our Lady of the Lake College is accredited by the Commission on
Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1866
Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, (494) 679-4501 to award
associates, bachelors, and master’s degrees. Our Lady of the Lake
College is also a candidate for accreditation for its masters
program by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC),
61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York City, NY 10006,
The College’s commitment to diversity as well as its emphasis on
academic success is reflected in its admission decisions. The
program will look carefully at a number of factors that have been
determined generally to be good indicators of success in the
program. Although these factors are not absolute “prerequisites”,
the Board policy states that “no single factor shall automatically
preclude admission”, they are considered carefully in making
admission decisions, and students are strongly encouraged to plan
their academic work and other activities with them in mind.
Admission to the program is via a competitive selection process.
Applicants should fulfill the following criteria to be considered
BSN degree from a nationally accredited nursing program, with a
minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during the
last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
minimum of one year of clinical nursing experience as a Registered
Current licensure to practice as an RN in Louisiana
The formula score determined by using a sliding scale between GRE
and GPA scores must meet minimum entrance requirements.
International students must follow the college’s requirement for
English as a second language.
Three professional references attesting to the applicant’s ability
to pursue graduate study.
Three credit hours of basic statistics with a grade of “C” or
Completion of an undergraduate research course, with a grade of “C”
Submission of a professional goal statement (limited to (2)
typewritten, double-spaced pages
Submission of current Resume.
Completion of the interview process.
Progression and Graduation Requirements
Graduation requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, with no grade
lower than a “B” in nursing courses, and no more than two grades of
“C” in supporting non-nursing courses.
Completion of all required coursework in the nursing major.
Successful completion of the scholarly project.
Students will be allowed to transfer in up to 6 graduate credit
hours to be used toward the MSN degree.
Part-Time Study is also available. Students have up to 5 years to
complete the degree.
The Our Lady of the Lake College Student
Financial Aid Office is available to all applicants to discuss
eligibility for financial assistance. Please call (225) 768-1714 to
schedule an appointment. Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical
Center also offers generous tuition reimbursement to qualifying
Requests for Further Information about the Program
you are a registered nurse and need more information concerning the
MSN Program, or to request an application packet, please call (225)
768-1700 or e-mail: OLOL Collegeinfo@ololcollege.edu.
Admission requirements are available in the application
packet. Admission materials are also available online at
You may also contact the MSN Program Director,
Edna Hull, PhD, RN, C
further details about the program.