School of Nursing - LSU Health New Orleans

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Leanne H. Fowler, DNP, AGACNP-BC
Director of NP Programs &
Coordinator of AGACNP Concentration

Admission Criteria1

Criteria Instructions for Completion
1. Unencumbered RN license Unencumbered licensure in LA.
2. 1 year RN experience Must have been in the acute care setting within five years of applying for admission as evidenced by resume and letter(s) of recommendation.
3. Current BLS & ACLS certification Must be via American Heart Association for healthcare providers.
4. GPA > 3.0 On a 4.0 scale. For all undergraduate or graduate course work.
5. GRE score > 300; writing score > 3.0 Must have been completed in the last 5 years. Must have a 300 or better when combining the verbal and quantitative scores on the 130-170 score scale. Send GRE official transcript to the LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing (Code 6353).
6. TOEFL > 550 (paper-based) or 79 (Internet) The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all applicants who have English as a second language or who are not graduates of programs in the United States. Input scores into the NursingCAS application.
7. 3 Letters of Recommendation In support of your Graduate Admission Application. Must be from (1) a peer, (2) a Nurse Practitioner, & (3) a nursing Supervisor. Reference information requested within the NursingCAS application.
8. Official transcripts+ Must be from a regionally accredited college or university documenting the award of a BSN or BSN equivalent*. All previous undergraduate and graduate official transcripts must be submitted. All nursing course credit earned must be from a specialized nursing accredited program. Official transcripts must be submitted to NursingCAS.
9. Complete application per NursingCAS by deadline. Go to and search for LSUHNO School of Nursing in New Orleans, LA. If in need of technology support, please contact the NursingCAS support staff by email or phone 617-612-2880.
10. Complete interview Face to face interview that will be scheduled upon the completion of the application after the deadline. Applicants will be notified by email.

1Applicants with a Masterís degree in nursing seeking a Nurse Practitioner concentration will have GRE requirement waived.

+All transcripts from programs outside of the U.S. must be evaluated by an accredited credentialing evaluation service. LSUHNO School of Nursing recommends the following resources:

World Education Services    Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
212-966-6311    412-389-3411

*A BSN equivalent does not meet admission requirement without the conferral of a Masterís degree.