Admission Criteria

The Application Deadlines are :

FallJune 1st (part-time admissions only)
SpringNov 1st (part-time admissions only)
SummerFeb 1st (full-time or part-time admissions offered)

The LSU Health New Orleans (LSUHNO) School of Nursing participates in a Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS). All applicants will apply online using the NursingCAS application. To learn more about the NursingCAS application process, please visit the NursingCAS web site at

Please visit the NursingCAS website at to fill out the online NursingCAS application. Search for LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing in New Orleans, LA. If you have 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:
  1. Official transcripts from a regionally accredited college or university documenting the award of a BSN or BSN equivalent.* All previous undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be submitted. All nursing course credits earned must be from a specialized nursing accredited program. *BSN equivalent does not meet admission requirement without conferral of a Master's degree.
    All transcripts from programs outside of the United States 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

    Official transcripts must be submitted through the on-line NursingCAS application. You will be responsible for inputting all coursework.

  2. Grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate and graduate course work reflected on transcripts.

    If an applicant has attended a previous nursing program without degree conferral, a letter of academic good standing must be provided from that school of nursing.

  3. Official scores for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) of 300 (or higher) when combining the verbal and quantitative scores on the 130-170 score scale are required within the last five (5) years. Writing score must be a 3.0 or higher within the last five (5) years. The GRE official transcript must be sent to LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing (code 6353).

  4. A minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79-80 (internet-based) on 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 TOEFL scores within NursingCAS application.

  5. Three references in support of graduate admission application must be submitted by the application deadline. The reference information will be requested within the NursingCAS application.

  6. Clinical nursing experience as specified by the concentration.

  7. A current unencumbered license to practice nursing in any state with eligibility for licensure in Louisiana.

  8. Successful completion of the interview process.

Other requirements

  1. A $100.00 non-refundable application fee is required at the time of application submittal. The applicant will receive a follow-up email from the LSUHNO School of Nursing Office of Student Services/Affairs with further directions on submitting the application fee.

  2. Minimum of (2) two years of RN experience in an acute care pediatric setting within (5) five years of applying.

  3. Three letters of references should include at least one from a peer, a Nurse Practitioner, and a nursing supervisor.

  4. (BLS) Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider

  5. (ACLS) Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support for Healthcare Provider

  6. (PALS) Pediatric Advanced Life Support for Healthcare Provider