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The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) is a five (5) semester, seventy-two (72) credit program that provides educational opportunities to individuals who want to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, values, and competencies required to join the nursing profession. The curriculum is based on the National League for Nursing Educational Competencies for Graduates of Associate Degree Nursing Programs. Graduates receive the Associate of Science in Nursing degree, and are eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

A selective admissions process is used to select candidates for enrollment in the program.

Admission to the AS in Nursing program is competitive. It is important to note that meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. GPA of 2.8 or higher and grade of “C” or better in the 16 credit hours of requried prerequisite courses (listed below):

Course No. Course Title Credit Hours
MATH 101 or 110 College Algebra 3
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
BIOL 230 Human & Anatomy Physiology I 4
PSYC 201 Introduction to Psychology 3
ART or HUMN Art or Humanities Elective 3

• A score of 75 are better is required on each part of the Nursing Admission Exam to be considered for admissions .


General Education
English Composition ENGL 101 and 102 6
Mathematics MATH 101/110 and 204 6
Social Science PSYC 201 and 202 6
Natural Science BIOL 230, 231, and 210 12
Arts 3
Humanities 3
Total General Education Credits 36
Required Courses
Nursing Fundamentals NURS 110 6
Adult Nursing I NURS 210 6
Mental Health Nursing NURS 212 4
Adult Nursing II NURS 220 6
Maternal – Child Nursing NURS 222 7
Adult Nursing III NURS 230 7
Total Required Course Credits
Total Program Credits 72

The application for admission to the Associate of Science in Nursing program is available once a year, January - March during the spring semester, for an anticipated fall admission. Completed and signed nursing applications are due by the deadline indicated on application. Late applications are not accepted.

The procedure to apply is:

  • Pay for the Nursing Admission Exam at the BRCC Bursar’s Office.
  • Submit a copy of Nursing Admission Exam receipt and sign up for a day and time to complete the exam.
  • Take and pass each part of the exam with a 75 or better.

Applicants are notified of their application status (Admitted or Denied) in June.
Students admitted to the nursing program receive an acceptance letter and additional information regarding the following admissions requirements:

Health History, Physical Examination, TB Skin Test, and Immunizations. Completed health records must be submitted to the Nursing Department office by the date indicated in the acceptance letter.
Costs for all health requirements are incurred by student.

Urine Drug Screen
Urine drug screen test are done random throughout the semester. Cost is incurred by the student.  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.

Criminal Background
Check and Fingerprint Cards The Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN) requires persons who have been arrested, charged with, or convicted of any criminal offense in any state to petition the LSBN, in writing, for the right to practice as a student in Louisiana prior to enrolling in a clinical nursing course.

All applicants must complete an Application for Approval to Enroll in a Clinical Nursing Course form and submit it for a criminal background check prior to enrollment in the course. Costs are
incurred by the student. Approval to enroll in clinical nursing courses is granted by the LSBN.

All students accepted into the nursing program are required to have and maintain current CPR certification by the date indicated in the acceptance letter. Only American Heart Association CPR for Health Care Providers are accepted. Students who accept the invitation for admission to the nursing program must submit his/ her confirmation letter by the date indicated in the acceptance letter. Students are required to attend a mandatory nursing orientation, date and time to be announced. Students not accepted for admission should schedule an appointment for academic advisement with the Nursing Advisor.

LPN to RN at BRCC makes it possible for qualified LPNs to apply for the Nursing Program using their previously earned credits and/or experience.

For additional information, call 225.216.8879.