School of Nursing


Application Information 

Fall 2025 Nursing CAS Application Deadline: January 15, 2025, 10:00 p.m. CST

The School of Nursing at LSU Health Sciences Center - New Orleans (LSUHSC-NO) School of Nursing participates in a Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS). Applicants applying to the Career Alternative RN Education (CARE) BSN program will apply online using the NursingCAS application. To learn more about the NursingCAS application process, please visit the NursingCAS web site at

The CARE program admits students in the fall each year. The fall semester application deadline is January 15th. Class size is limited and admission is very competitive. Please refer to the Admission Criteria page for further information about qualifications and requirements. Here are a few pointers to ensure a successful application:

  1. Application Form

    Please visit the NursingCAS website at to fill out the online NursingCAS application. Search for LSU Health Sciences Center School of Nursing in New Orleans, LA. If an applicant has any concerns about the on-line application and need technology support, please contact the NursingCAS support staff by email or phone 617-612-2880.

    NursingCAS Application Tutorial:

  2. Transcripts

    Official transcripts from all regionally accredited college or university attended must be submitted to NursingCAS.  NursingCAS process to validate coursework takes three-four weeks once official transcripts are received. LSU Health New Orleans - School of Nursing will allow two (2) weeks after the deadline for NursingCAS to upload and verify coursework. If transcripts are not uploaded by the extended two (2) weeks, the application will be incomplete and ineligible to be processed.  LSU School of Nursing encourages applicants to submit the application and official transcripts to NursingCAS at least three weeks prior to the deadline to ensure timely processing.  Submitting an application within three weeks of the deadline may delay the processing of the application.  The application will not be processed until NursingCAS has validated all coursework. An applicant can check the application status through the NursingCAS system.

    Official transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges or universities attended must be submitted. You may submit your application before the transcripts are uploaded to NursingCAS.

    All coursework must be inputted within NursingCAS.

    Advanced Placement and CLEP Credit: LSUHSC-NO School of Nursing will recognize up to a combined nine (9) hours Accelerated Program (AP) and CLEP coursework. The AP and CLEP credits should be recognized on the applicant's official transcript.

    Advanced Standing Credit: LSUHSC-NO School of Nursing will recognize up to a combined nine (9) hours Advanced Standing coursework. Advanced standing is offered by universities/college for students to take a proficiency exam or achieve a certain ACT score to obtain credit for courses. The Advanced Standing credits should be recognized on the applicant's official transcript.

    All transcripts from programs outside of the United States must be evaluated by an accredited credentialing evaluation service. LSU Health School of Nursing recommends the following resources:


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

    *LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing has adopted Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge (LSUBR) AP criteria: Advanced Placement Criteria

    *LSUBR Tiger Transfer Table will reflect any course that has been evaluated by LSU faculty:

    *Email the Office of Student Services/Affairs if a school is not listed on the Tiger Transfer Table:

  3. Endorsement Forms

    One academic and one professional endorsement must be submitted at the time of application. The applicant will have an opportunity to input endorsee information within NursingCAS References section. Once the electronic information is saved within NursingCAS, an email request will automatically be sent to the endorsee on your behalf. Please advise your endorsee to look for the email from NursingCAS in their inbox, as well as their spam or junk-mail folder, as emails do occasionally get filtered out.

  4. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Scores

    A minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79-80 (internet-based) for all applicants who have English as a second language or who are not graduates of programs in the United States.

    Input TOEFL scores within NursingCAS application. 

  5. Interview and Written Statement

    Only qualified applicants meeting all admission criteria will be invited to submit an online interview. More information concerning the online interview will be forthcoming.

    Applicants will be required to write an essay on a given topic as part of the NursingCAS application.

  6. Application Fee

    A required $50.00 non-refundable LSU School of Nursing application fee is required at the time of application submittal. The applicant will receive a follow-up email from the LSU School of Nursing Office of Student Services/Affairs with further directions on submitting LSU School of Nursing application fee.

NOTE: Students are expected to attend the mandatory, in-person 2-day New Student Orientation. Fall semester orientation is scheduled the end of July. The admission letter will state the exact dates.

NOTE: Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee program admission.

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

NOTE: It is strongly suggested to attend an informational session and/or program webinar in preparation for application.