Practical Nursing

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  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 campus. 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

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

PRACTICAL NURSING ENTRANCE SCORE REQUIREMENTS

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

Accuplacer (Classic)

48
Elementary Algebra

65 74

Accuplacer
(Next Generation)

243 QAS

250 241
COMPASS

55 Pre-Algebra
33 Algebra

85 70

 


Applicants are also required to complete two pre-nursing courses: HCNA 1215 (Nurse Assisting) and HNUR 1225 (Anatomy and Physiology for Healthcare). HCNA 1215 and HNUR 1225 has a pre-requisite that requires the student obtain the following test scores: ACT Reading score of 16 or higher, COMPASS Reading score of 51 or higher, Accuplacer (Classic) Reading score of 53 or higher, or Accuplacer (Next Generation) Reading score of 235 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 Lorraine Raffray at (225) 359-9310.


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