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Admission Criteria – Beginning Spring 2017 semester

Spring 2018 Application Deadline: August 1, 2017, 10:00 p.m. CST

Summer 2017 in progress coursework:

  • Input summer 2017 grade(s) as “IP” when inputting all coursework within NursingCAS.
  • Transcripts for in progress summer 2017 coursework should be sent directly to the LSU Health New Orleans Office of Student Affairs. Please electronically send to: nsstuaffairs@lsuhsc.edu.
  • Please submit the NursingCAS application and do not wait for summer 2017 courses to be completed.

Beginning Fall 2018, Abnormal Psychology and Statistics must be 300/3000 level course in order to transfer the credits.

Members of the Admissions Progression and Graduation Committee admit two classes each year, one in the Fall and one in the Spring. An applicant must complete 34 hours of the required prerequisite courses, or be enrolled in the final semester of prerequisite classes before applying to the program. Applicants must have a completed minimum GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale on all prerequisite courses and “B” or better on all science courses (Biology lecture & lab, Chemistry, and Microbiology). General education courses may be taken at any accredited college or University.

Refer to the Application Information page to ensure a successful application process.

  1. Pre-Requisite Coursework
    An applicant must complete 34 hours of required prerequisite courses. Of the 34 required prerequisites, the 16 hours of prerequisites listed below must be completed prior to application deadline and appear on the applicant’s official transcript. The GPA calculated on 16 hours of prerequisite courses must be at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in order to be eligible for admission. Of the required prerequisites, Biology Lecture, Biology Lab, Microbiology, and Chemistry courses must have a B or better grade earned.

    1. College algebra (3 hours)
    2. English composition I (3 hours)
    3. General biology and lab (4 hours)
    4. General chemistry (3 hours)
    5. General psychology (3 hours)

    The remaining prerequisite courses may be in progress at the time the application is submitted. All official transcripts are needed. Submit all official transcripts to NursingCAS regardless if prerequisite coursework is on the transcript or not. An applicant must successful complete 34 hours of the required prerequisite courses before beginning LSU Health New Orleans - School of Nursing.

    A listing of all prerequisite courses is available on the Curriculum page.

    LSU Health New Orleans - School of Nursing will recognize up to nine (9) hours Accelerated Program (AP) coursework if the course(s) is(are) recognized on the official transcript. More information is available on the Application page.

    1. Grade Point Average
      Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale on all prerequisite courses. A grade of C or better must be achieved in all non-science prerequisite courses. A grade of B or better must be achieved in all science prerequisite courses (Biology lecture, Biology lab, Microbiology, and Chemistry).

      If a student receives a D or F in any prerequisite course, it may be repeated one (1) time only. Failure of any prerequisite course twice makes an applicant ineligible for admission.

    2. HESI Admission Assessment Exam A2
      The HESI Admission Assessment exam A² from Evolve Testing & Remediation is required. A minimum cumulative score of 80% is required. An applicant may take the HESI Exam twice during an application period and must wait six (6) weeks between exams. LSU Health New Orleans - School of Nursing will take the most recent score. The applicant must re-test if the latest score is greater than one (1) year. LSU Health New Orleans - School of Nursing code is 198306.

      HESI A2 FAQ’s

    3. Written Statement
      A proctored essay will be administered at the School of Nursing. The applicant will be given 30 minutes to write about a topic. Only qualified applicants meeting all admission criteria will be invited to complete a written statement. The dates for the spring 2018 applicants to visit the School of Nursing to complete the proctored essay are are September 28 – 29, 2017. Instructions will be forthcoming to all eligible applicants.

    4. Interview
      The interview will be completed and submitted on-line by the applicant. Only qualified applicants meeting all admission criteria will be invited to submit an on-line interview. Instructions will be forthcoming to all eligible application.

    5. Previous Nursing Program
      If an applicant has attended a previous nursing program, a letter of academic good standing must be provided from that school of nursing.

    NOTE: Meeting the minimum academic requirements DOES NOT guarantee admission to the School of Nursing.

    NOTE: An applicant may apply to only one LSU School of Nursing BSN program at one time.