Admission Criteria

Criteria Instructions for Completion
1. Unencumbered RN license For any state and eligibility for licensure in LA.
2. 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.
3. Current BLS certification Must be via American Heart Association for healthcare providers. May upload within NursingCAS application.
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. Writing score must be a 3.0 or higher. Scores may be uploaded within the NursingCAS application.
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 References 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 the School of Nursing Office of Student Services/Affairs. An applicant may eScript: or mail: LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing, Office of Student Services/Affairs, 1900 Gravier Street, Room 321, New Orleans, LA 70112.
9. 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.
10. 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. Upload license(s) to the NursingCAS application.

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