The purpose of the accelerated Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)
program of Our Lady of the Lake College is to prepare associate
degree nurses who have the necessary skills and competencies to meet
the health care needs of God’s people with compassion,
understanding, respect and dignity. The ASN Program provides an
avenue for socialization into the profession of nursing, fosters a
commitment for learning and promotes continued intellectual growth.
The graduate of the accelerated nursing program receives an
Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree and is eligible to
write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered
Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The accelerated nursing program is an
intense 10-month program designed to provide an avenue into the
nursing profession for students who previously have earned a
non-nursing baccalaureate degree.
Upon completion of the Associate of Science in Nursing program, the
graduate will be able to:
Collect, analyze and prioritize relevant physical,
developmental, psychosocial, cultural, spiritual and functional
assessment data to provide individualized patient care.
Utilize the nursing process, critical thinking, evidence-based
information and knowledge from the arts and sciences to support
sound clinical decisions.
Plan and implement nursing care in a safe, compassionate and
culturally-sensitive manner that preserves human dignity and
promotes growth of individuals and families.
Communicate effectively through verbal, nonverbal, written and
technological means with individuals, families, and healthcare
Utilize teaching and learning processes to promote, maintain and
restore health for individuals and families across the
Manage the efficient, effective use of human, physical,
financial and technological resources in providing continuity of
care within and across healthcare settings.
Collaborate with individuals, families and healthcare team
members in providing comprehensive, individualized patient care.
Demonstrate accountability in adhering to standards of
professional practice within legal and ethical frameworks.
Participate in activities that promote professional development
and personal growth.
Criteria for Admission
Applicants to accelerated ASN programs should meet the following
Be accepted for full admission to OLOL College.
Be in good academic standing at OLOL College.
Have completed the following courses with a grade of "C" or
better: ENGL 1310; ENGL 1311; MATH 1315; BIOL 2310; CHEM 1310 or
CHEM 1315; PSYC 1310; BIOL 2311; BIOL 2320; BIOL 2325; BIOL
2325L; PSYC 2330; RELS 1310.
Have earned a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on arts and
sciences courses in the ASN curriculum.
Be in good academic standing from any previously admitted
nursing program(s); A letter of good standing should be
submitted in support of the application, and mailed to the
Office of Admissions at the time of application.
Students are admitted to the accelerated ASN programs once per year.
Applicants to any of the accelerated ASN programs must submit an
application specific to their accelerated ASN Program of choice.
Applications for the accelerated programs are due in the Office of
Admissions as follows:
New Orleans (Tulane) – January 15
Baton Rouge – March 15
New Orleans (East Jefferson/Metairie) – March 15
For information related to making application, refer to the
Admissions section of this Catalog.
Admission decisions are made in a manner consistent with the
College’s policy on admission. Applicants will be considered on a
competitive basis. Factors considered in the review of applications
include: the five admission criteria listed in this section of the
catalog, the ability to meet the Core Performance Standards of
the School of Nursing (provided in this Catalog), and the
College’s policy on admission.
Applicants to the accelerated ASN programs at the Metropolitan New
Orleans Center are selected initially by the Admissions, Progression
and Graduation (APG) Committee of the School of Nursing for
interview at the hospital campus applied for by the applicant. Upon
completion of the interview process, the APG Committee notifies the
applicant of her/his final acceptance to the program. Applicants to
the accelerated ASN Program at the Baton Rouge campus do not have a
required interview process. Once an invitation for admission to the
ASN Program is extended to an applicant, the applicant will be
required to submit an Application for Approval to Enroll in a
Clinical Nursing Course form, submit to a criminal background
check and comply with the health and safety requirements of the
College. A discussion of each of these requirements follows.
The Nurse Practice Act of Louisiana requires that students must be
approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN) to practice
as student nurses prior to enrolling in clinical nursing courses.
The LSBN requires persons who have been arrested, charged with or
convicted of any criminal offense in any state to petition the
Louisiana State Board in writing for the right to practice as a
student in Louisiana. The LSBN also requires persons who have any
addiction or impairment which may affect their ability to practice
nursing to petition for the right to practice as a student prior to
enrolling in clinical nursing courses. The Application for
Approval to Enroll in a Clinical Nursing Course form will be
provided to students during new nursing student orientation.
Students must submit to a criminal background check per LSBN
requirements. Information on the procedure for completing the
criminal background check will be provided to the student during new
nursing student orientation. Final program acceptance may be
contingent upon criminal background check results and LSBN approval.
Students are required to comply with the health and safety
requirements of Our Lady of the Lake College as stipulated in this
catalog and as updated by the Office of Campus Health and Safety.
Information related to these requirements will be provided to
students during new nursing student orientation. Students are
responsible for submitting to the Director of Campus Health and
Safety documentation of compliance with these requirements. Students
who fail to comply with the health and safety requirements will not
be permitted to attend the clinical component of their nursing
courses and may be dismissed from the ASN Program.
The Associate of Science in Nursing degree is conferred upon
students when the following conditions have been met:
Completion of 73 credit hours in the required courses;
completion of the nursing courses within five years; failure to
do so will result in a requirement for the individual to
re-apply to the School of Nursing.
Achievement of a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher
on all college work with grades of "C" or above in all courses
leading to the Associate of Science in Nursing degree.
Completion of all required standardized achievement
Fulfillment of the residency requirement of OLOL College, which
is 24 semester credit hours for the Associate of Science degree.
Clearance of all indebtedness to OLOL College including the
return of all materials borrowed from the College Library.
Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to take the
National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
The examination is designed to test knowledge, skills and abilities
essential to the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry
level. Upon successful completion of this examination, the graduate
becomes licensed to legally practice as a registered nurse in the
State of Louisiana.
Each graduate must apply to the Louisiana State Board of Nursing for
licensure. The Board of Nursing authorizes candidates to take the
NCLEX-RN and provides the registration form for NCLEX-RN. The Board
of Nursing may deny a student permission to take the NCLEX-RN for
reasons including disciplinary action, arrest, or impairment.
Applicants for licensure who have had a disciplinary action, arrest
or impairment must provide documentation of the circumstances of the
action, arrest or impairment to the Louisiana State Board of
Nursing. Failure to disclose this information may result in denial
Accelerated ASN Program Curriculum
Pre-Requisite Courses Required to Enter the Program
ENGL 1310 - English I (3 hrs)
ENGL 1311 - English II (3 hrs)
MATH 1315 - College Algebra (3 hrs)
BIOL 2310 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 hrs)
BIOL 2311 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 hrs)
BIOL 2320 - Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (3 hrs)
BIOL 2325 - Fundamentals of Microbiology (3 hrs)
BIOL 2325L - Fundamentals of Microbiology Lab (1 hr)
PSYC 1310 - Introductory Psychology (3 hrs)
PSYC 2330 - Psychology Across the Life Span (3 hrs)
RELS 1310 - Introduction to Theology (3 hrs)
Select one from the following: CHEM 1310 - Introduction to
Chemistry (3 hrs) or CHEM 1315 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I (3
Total (34 Credit Hours)
NURS 1110 - Transition to Accelerated Nursing Education (1 hr)
NURS 1310 - Pharmacology in Nursing (3 hrs)
NURS 1710 - Foundations of Nursing Practice (7 hrs)
NURS 1715 - Adult Health Nursing I (5 hrs)
NURS 1720 - Mental Health Nursing (4 hrs)
NURS 2710 - Adult Health Nursing II (5 hrs)
NURS 2715 - Care of Children and Families (4 hrs)
NURS 2720 - Care of Women and Neonates (4 hrs)
NURS 2725 - Adult Health Nursing III (6 hrs)
Total (39 Credit Hours)
Total (73 Credit Hours for accelerated Associate of Science in