The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) is a five (5) semester, seventy-two (72) credit program designed to provide educational opportunities for individuals to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, values, and competencies required for safe nursing practice. The curriculum is based on the National League for Nursing Educational Competencies for Graduates of Associate Degree Nursing Programs. Graduates will receive the Associate of Science in Nursing degree, and are eligible to apply to write the National Council.
Graduates who receive the Associate of Science in Nursing degree will be eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), which must be passed before starting practice as a registered nurse (RN).
A selective admissions process is used to choose candidates for enrollment in the program. Admission to the program is competitive. It is important to note that meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the program.
Admission is based on the following criteria:
1. Applicants must obtain a GPA of 2.8 or higher and a grade of “C” or better in the 16 credit hours of prerequisite courses listed below:
- MATH 1113 or 1213 College Algebra
- ENGL 1013 English Composition I
- BIOL 2214 Anatomy and Physiology I (Includes a 3 credit hour lecture and a 1 credit hour lab)
- PSYC 2013 Introduction to Psychology
- ARTS or Humanities elective*
* MUST be selected from “Approved Fine Arts and Humanities Courses” listed in the BRCC College Catalog.
2. Applicants must achieve a minimum score of 65% on the TEAS exam. The TEAS exam must be taken on the BRCC campus during specified times (scores from other sites are not admissible). Applicants will register for the exam during the application period provided below. A study guide from the publisher is available. One attempt is allowed per admission cycle. The admission exam score is valid for 3 years. If an applicant is not admitted during the initial application period, they will be allowed to retake the admission exam during the next application cycle. The most recent score will be used for admission. Students are limited to a total of two TEAS admission attempts.
3. The number of prerequisite courses completed at BRCC is considered in the admission process.
The application for the RN program is available in the spring semester only. The application period for our next admission cycle is Monday, January 11, 2021 through Monday, February 1, 2021.
Students interested in applying to our program are encouraged to seek advising. We offer group advising sessions each semester.
Nursing Student Handbook
Handbook Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that the contents may or may not apply to you as a student. To ensure that you are meeting the requirements that apply to you, please consult the printed version of the catalog in effect at the time you were admitted to BRCC.
Application Process for the RN Program
The application for admission to the ASN Program is available on the BRCC website once a year during the spring semester. Deadlines and detailed instructions for completing the admission application and scheduling the admission exam are included in the application packet. Students admitted to the nursing program will receive additional instructions regarding program requirements that include but are not limited to: submission of personal health history, a physical examination, a TB skin test, various immunizations/vaccinations, a urine drug screen, and CPR 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 Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN) requires all applicants to complete an Application for Approval to Enroll in a Clinical Nursing Course form and an authorization form for 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 the right to practice nursing as a student in Louisiana.
LPN to RN Entry Track
The Department of Nursing offers an option for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to receive credit for previously acquired knowledge and skills. Advanced standing is acquired through a similar admissions process as that described above, along with validation of current practical nurse licensure in the State of Louisiana and the use of challenge exams.