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Technical Diploma in Practical Nursing

The practical nursing program is a four-semester, 59-credit hour program which prepares students for employment in private and large group physicians’ offices, clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other healthcare areas. Graduates receive a Technical Diploma (TD) in Practical Nursing degree and will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) as required by the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners (LSBPNE). The practical nursing program is offered at the Acadian and Westside campuses. The practical nursing program is a limited enrollment program. Students must be accepted into the program to enroll in any of the practical nursing courses.

Admission Criteria

Program applicants must achieve pre-determined Accuplacer, Compass, or ACT scores. Accuplacer or ACT scores are required for admission into Baton Rouge Community College. Current test score requirements for the practical nursing program are available from the practical nursing office (225. 359.9233).

Application Process

The application for admission to the practical nursing program can be obtained from the program
coordinator (225.359.9233) or from the website during the application period. Deadlines and detailed instructions for completing the admission application are included in the application packet.
Students admitted to the practical nursing program will receive additional instructions regarding
program requirements that may include, and are not limited to, submission of; a completed LSBPNE
evaluation form, personal health history and physical, a tuberculosis screening, various
immunizations/vaccinations, urine drug screen, and proof of cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification. A positive urine drug screen or any attempt to tamper with a specimen may disqualify an applicant and/or result in dismissal from the nursing program. Costs for all requirements are borne by the student.

Criminal Background Check

The LSBPNE requires practical nursing applicants to submit the following: birth certificate, finger-prints, and a criminal background check. Applicants who have been charged with, pled guilty or nolo contendere to, been convicted of, or committed a criminal offense that involves a crime of violence or distribution of drugs may be denied admission into the BRCC practical nursing program.

For additional information, contact Rhonda Picou at (225) 359-9310.

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