Admission Criteria

A new class is admitted every fall semester. Program applicants must achieve pre-determined Accuplacer, TEAS or ACT scores. Current test score requirements are posted below. ACT scores are valid for 5 years Accuplacer and TEAS scores are valid for 3 years.


Test Type Mathematic Reading Language
ACT (sub Score) 18 20 18

Accuplacer (Classic)

Elementary Algebra

65 74

(Next Generation)

243 QAS

250 241

Composite Score 55



Applicants are also required to complete two pre-nursing courses: HNUR 1214 (Practical Nursing Fundamentals) and HNUR 1225 (Anatomy and Physiology for Healthcare). HNUR 1214 and HNUR 1225 has a pre-requisite that requires the following test scores: ACT Reading score of 16 or higher,  Accuplacer (Classic) Reading score of 53 or higher,  Accuplacer (Next Generation) Reading score of 235 or higher, or TEAS score of 55 or higher.  Pre-nursing courses must be completed with a grade of 80% of higher to qualify for admission to the Practical Nursing program.

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  Jean Dorsey, Administrative Coordinator (225-359-9233). 

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