PN Admission Process
PN Admission Requirements
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.
ACT or TABE scores:
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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:
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:
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A student who has withdrawn in good standing from an approved or accredited nursing program within the previous four years may be considered for advanced placement.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 OLOL College 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:
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 OLOL College; 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: