The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) is designed to provide registered nurses with an opportunity to broaden their career pathways. Students enrolled in the program will sharpen their critical thinking skills, develop their supervisory and communication abilities, strengthen their leadership potential—and ultimately increase their eligibility for supervisory and management positions in the nursing field. The program also prepares students for graduate-level study that, upon completion, can lead to employment as a nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, and nursing faculty member or administrator.
Designed for the non-traditional working RN, the RN-BSN program offers both evening and online courses. Students are paired with preceptors for the clinical practicum courses. Learning experiences in practicum courses are designed to facilitate achievement of course objectives and complement the student’s career and academic goals.
Student Learning Outcomes
The student learning outcomes for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) are presented below:
- Graduates will integrate knowledge from liberal arts and sciences in professional nursing practice.
- Graduates will synthesize principles of communication to effectively relate with individuals, families, and groups of diverse sociocultural backgrounds.
- Graduates will apply and share research findings after critical analysis to promote evidence based nursing practice.
- Graduates will integrate professional standards in nursing practice to ensure the delivery of safe, quality, patient centered care.
- Graduates will serve as effective members of the healthcare team through collaboration and advocacy to manage safe, quality, patient-centered care.
- Graduates will utilize concepts of information systems to support nursing practice and deliver safe, quality, patient-centered care.
Approval and Accreditation
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN, formerly NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, telephone 404-975-5000, www.NLNAC.org, and approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN), 17373 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70810, telephone 225-755-7576, fax 225-755-7564, www.lsbn.state.la.us.
The health care facilities that provide clinical experiences for students in the program include
- Alexandria/Pineville Addictive Disorders Clinic
- Alexandria Wellness Center
- Central Louisiana State Hospital
- CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital
- Dubuis Hospital
- Office of Public Health, Region 6
- Pinecrest Developmental Center
- Rapides Regional Medical Center
- Red River Treatment Center
- Veterans Administration Medical Center
To be admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN), applicants must
- have graduated from an ACEN (formerly NLNAC)-accredited ASN nursing program in any state and currently hold an unencumbered RN license in the State of Louisiana;
- be unconditionally admitted to the university on our Applying for Admissions site and have declared BSN as a major;
- attain a minimum of “C” in each of the prerequisites under general education requirements;
- have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher;
- be admitted to the university and have submitted all official transcripts from other universities attended;
- not be concurrently enrolled in a nursing program at another university;
- submit a BSN application to LSUA’s Department of Nursing.
- Students must complete all of the requirements pertaining to baccalaureate degrees as prescribed on our Academic Requirements site.
- Students must take at least 39 hours at the 3000 level or above and at least 17 hours at the 4000 level.
- Students are required to make a grade of “C” or higher in all non-nursing and nursing courses applied to the BSN curriculum.