OLOL College

Practical Nursing Diploma Admission Requirements

PN Admission Process

  1. Completion of the program application, including the letter of application detailing the applicant’s unique attributes.
  2. Payment of the application fee.
  3. Submission of high school transcripts or GED scores.  
  4. Official transcripts from all other Colleges previously attended or currently attending.
  5. Submission of official ACT and/or TABE scores.  

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:

ACT 17 19 17
TABE 10.5 11.0 11.0

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:

  1. Completion of the Health and Safety Packet. Students will not be allowed to attend class until this requirement is met.  
  2. A certified copy of the applicant’s birth certificate and a copy of a valid United States picture identification.  
  3. Fingerprint and criminal background check by Louisiana State Police.  
  4. Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse examiners evaluation form. The Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners reserves the right to deny a student admission to clinical nursing courses based upon results of a preliminary criminal record check. Students will not be allowed to attend class until this requirement is met.  

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:

  1. A high school transcript may be obtained from the student’s high school or from the State Department of Education.  GED scores may be obtained from the State Department of Education.  Transcripts or GED scores should be sent to:  PN Program Admissions, 5414 Brittany Drive, Baton Rouge LA  70808.
  2. ACT Web site: www.act.org to request scores or register for exam; use school code 1621.  
  3. TABE Survey is given at the Christa McAuliffe Center, 12000 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA. Call (225) 226-7631.  
  4. A certified copy of a birth certificate can be obtained in person at a health unit in your area

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:

  1. Follow the standard PN program application requirements.
  2. Classified as “in good standing” at previously enrolled nursing program(s) institutions.
  3. Provide official program description, curriculum pattern, course description, a detailed course outline and skills list for all previous nursing courses completed within previous 4 years.  Only nursing courses completed within previous 4 years will be considered for transfer credit.
  4. Successfully complete skills verification check-off by OLOL College Practical Nursing program faculty.  

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:

  1. Completion of all required courses.  The practical nursing courses must be completed within four years from the time of first admission;  
  2. Achievement of a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher on all required course work;  
  3. Clearance of all indebtedness to OLOL College including the return of all materials borrowed from the College Library; and  
  4. Fulfillment of OLOL College residency requirements of at least 13 credit hours in the PN curriculum.  

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