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Associate of Science in Nursing

Mission Statement

The Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) Nursing Program is committed to student-centered learning through academic instruction, skills laboratory, clinical simulation, clinical experiences, and community service to promote excellence in nursing and the maximum development of student potential within an ethical, intellectually stimulating environment of caring in which diverse students develop their academic and nursing skills.

Goal

It is the goal of the BPCC Nursing Program to sufficiently prepare entry-level Associate Degree nurses for safe and competent nursing practice utilizing the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains, and to meet state and national expectations within the nursing profession.

Learning Outcomes

Recipients of the Associate of Science in Nursing will have demonstrated:

  1. the ability to function as an advocate for patients and families to provide culturally-sensitive patient-centered care in a variety of healthcare settings:
  2. use of current evidence as a basis for nursing judgments in making clinical decision to promote health and wellness:
  3. collaboration with the nursing team and interdisciplinary team members to provide safe, competent care for meeting optimal patient outcomes;
  4. knowledge, skills, and attitudes as the beginning nurse generalist to improve the quality and safety of healthcare;
  5. use of technology as appropriate to examine the evidence for nursing practice and enhance patient safety, and
  6. professional integrity and accountability within established legal standards and ethical principles.

The Bossier Parish Community College Nursing Associate of Science Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and has Full Approval from the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.

The BPCC Nursing curriculum consists of twenty-eight hours of qualification/ prerequisite courses, thirty-eight credit hours of nursing (program) courses, Art 206, and a humanities elective course. Admission to BPCC Nursing Program courses is granted on a competitive basis to students who have completed all qualification (prerequisite) courses, met all other requirements, and made application to the program prior to the published deadline. It is important to note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the BPCC Nursing Program courses.

The BPCC Nursing Program includes a traditional track and a transition program for current Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to become Associate Degree Registered Nurses (RNs).

Traditional Track Application Process

Students wishing to pursue the BPCC Nursing Program must first meet all General Admission Requirements for college admission as specified in the BPCC Catalog. The twenty-eight specified prerequisite credit hours must be completed prior to acceptance into nursing program courses. The humanities elective course and Art 206 may be taken in conjunction with Nursing Program courses.

Once a student has completed the prerequisite/ qualification courses they are eligible to apply for admission into the Nursing Program courses He/ She must:

  • submit a completed Nursing Program Application to the Program Administrator by the published deadline.
  • submit official transcripts from ALL colleges attended to both the BPCC Admission Office AND the
  • Nursing Program Administrator with the Nursing Application
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000
  • have a minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.500
  • have completed all science courses within five (5) years of application to the program courses.
  • read, signed, and submitted the BPCC Nursing Program Essential Requirements.
  • have completed the NLN Entrance Exam while enrolled in NURS 101 or as approved by the Nursing Program Administrator; scores must be current within one (1) calendar year prior to applying to the program.
  • successfully complete the AHA Healthcare Provider CPR course offered during the fall or spring semester in conjunction with nursing courses
  • submit within the Nursing Program Application a letter of good standing from any other nursing program attended

All students selected for the Nursing Program must provide all required clinical information for the clinical component of the program including a completed health status statement form completed by a physician; laboratory immunization/testing reports for mumps, measles, rubella, tetanus, tuberculosis, varicella zoster, and Hepatitis B and any others required by the hospital/clinical facility; and documentation of laboratory testing for negative drug/alcohol screening. Students must also maintain current health insurance coverage while in the program and submit a signed consent/release for comprehensive background check. Once accepted into the program, the student will pay a clinical fee in addition to regular tuition during each program semester. Students must maintain a minimum grade of C (76%) or better in all program course work to remain in the program. Refer to the BPCC Nursing Program Student Handbook for specific policies and procedures. Students must successfully complete the AHA Healthcare Provider CPR course, offered during the fall semester, in conjunction with the first semester (level one) nursing courses.

Traditional Track Application Deadline

BPCC Nursing Program applications for admission to the fall semester nursing program courses are due by 3:30 p.m. on the first Monday in April and for the spring semester nursing program courses are due by 3:30 p.m. on the first Monday in October. Applications should be turned in to the Nursing Program Administrator and must include all required information to be eligible for consideration. All required prerequisite classes must be completed by the end of the spring semester for fall admission and by the end of the fall semester for spring admission in order to be included in the selection process.

LPN to RN Transition Program

The BPCC Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Associate of Science Registered Nurse (RN) Transition Program is a day and/or evening full-time program that prepares LPNs to become Registered Nurses (RN). This program is designed for LPNs who want to pursue a career as an RN after completing a minimum of one year of practice as an LPN. Admission to the BPCC Nursing Program is granted on a competitive basis. It is important to note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the BPCC Nursing Program. Before a LPN can be officially admitted to the LPN to RN Transition Program, he or she must:

  • complete all admission requirements and be admitted to Bossier Parish Community College;
  • successfully complete all specified prerequisite/qualification courses;
  • successfully complete all science courses within five years of application;
  • complete the National League of Nursing I PN to RN Foundations of Nursing Proficiency Exam - Foundations of Nursing. This exam is required of all applicants the spring or summer before acceptance into the LPN to RN Transition course. Upon achieving the required score on the exam and earning a grade of “C” or higher in NURS 204, the LPN is granted twelve (12) credit hours in the professional component of the nursing curriculum (LEAP CREDIT = 12);
  • submit NLN PAX-RN Entrance Test Scores;
  • complete and submit a Nursing Program Application by the deadline;
  • submit official transcripts from ALL colleges attended to both 1) the BPCC Admissions Office AND 2) the Nursing Program Administrator with the Nursing Application;
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000;
  • have completed and earned a minimum GPA of 2.500 in pre-requisite courses (ART 206 and/or a Humanities elective may be taken with nursing courses);
  • read, sign, and submit the BPCC Nursing Program Essential Requirements; and
  • submit documentation of one year of employment as an LPN;
  • complete the LPN to RN Transition Course (NUR 204) offered the fall semester before entering the clinical component of the program in the spring.

All students selected for the LPN to RN Transition Program must provide all required clinical information for the clinical component of the program including a completed health status statement form completed by a physician; laboratory immunization/testing reports for mumps, measles, rubella, tetanus, tuberculosis, varicella zoster, and Hepatitis B and any others required by the hospital/clinical facility; and documentation of laboratory testing for negative drug/alcohol screening. Students must also maintain current health insurance coverage while in the program and submit a signed consent/release for comprehensive background check. Once accepted into the program, the student will pay a clinical fee in addition to regular tuition during each program semester. Students must maintain a minimum grade of C (76%) or better in all program course work to remain in the program. Refer to the BPCC Nursing Program Student Handbook for specific policies and procedures.

LPN to ADN Transition Program Application Deadline

LPN to ADN Transition Program applications are due by 3:30 p.m. on the first Monday in April for admission to the LPN to RN Transition course (NURS 204). Applications should be turned in to the Nursing Program Administrator and must include all required information to be eligible for consideration. All required prerequisite classes must be completed by the end of the spring semester in order to be included in the selection process.

Louisiana State Board of Nursing Requirements

  1. If you have been arrested, charged with, convicted of, pled guilty or no contest to, or been sentenced for any criminal event – even if told it was expunged from your record - you must disclose this information to the BPCC Nursing Program Administrator prior to entering the program and you must seek approval through the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.
  2. If you have any final or pending disciplinary action against you by any Nursing Board – you must disclose this information to the BPCC Nursing Program Administrator prior to entering the program and you must seek approval through the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.
  3. Students enrolled in the BPCC Nursing Program are required to notify the LSBN and the BPCC Nursing Program Administrator if any of the above events takes place at ANYTIME during enrollment in the BPCC Nursing Program.
  4. The application requires information for answering “Yes” to specific questions. Examples that may be required are:
    • detailed letter of explanation regarding the incident(s),
    • certified arrest report,
    • certified judgment and sentencing,
    • certified release from probation or completion or pre-trial diversion, or
    • certain medical illnesses require detailed letters, history and physical examination information, and a list of medication.
  5. If you enter the BPCC Nursing Program and are later found to have a conviction:
    • The student may be immediately dismissed from the program.
    • The student may not be allowed to take the licensure exam.

A student applying to the nursing program at BPCC, who has been arrested, charged with, convicted of, pled guilty or no contest to, or been sentenced for any criminal event – even if told it was expunged, must apply and be accepted the semester previous to beginning the program in order to allow time to be approved for clinical by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.

Transfer of Credit Policy

Students should refer to the BPCC Catalog for college policies regarding transfer of prerequisite/qualification courses. Transfer of nursing program courses, courses with a NURS prefix, will be evaluated on an individual basis and will be accepted at the discretion of the BPCC Nursing Program Administrator. Any applicant who has attended another nursing program and is not in good standing and/or is not eligible to continue/return to that program will not be eligible for admission into the BPCC Nursing Program. Determination of acceptable transfer credits will be made according to the following guidelines:

  • All NURS prefix courses must have been taken within the three-year time limit to complete the undergraduate program degree requirements. Credit will not be granted for nursing courses taken more than 3 semesters prior to admission into the BPCC Nursing Program.
  • Courses must be listed on an official transcript from an accredited college/university, and transcript must show a letter grade of “A,” ”B,” or “C” in the course unless “P” is approved by the faculty.
  • A grade of “C” or better in each prerequisite course
  • Students shall provide a syllabus and course description for all nursing courses being evaluated for transfer.

Acceptance of transfer students into the BPCC Nursing Program depends on availability of slots in the clinical component of the program.

Selection Policy

The BPCC Nursing Program maintains highly selective admission criteria in addition to the general admission requirements of BPCC. The competitive selection process is based on a point system utilizing the Nursing Admission Scoring Rubric. Students will be ranked from highest to lowest in numerical order and only students with the highest rubric values will be offered admission into the BPCC Nursing Program. Applicants not selected must maintain eligibility and reapply for admission at a later time.

The number of nursing students accepted into the nursing program is dependent on Louisiana State Board of Nurses’ (LSBN) faculty-student ratio requirements, availability of clinical sites, and classroom space. It is our belief that educational standards and acceptable ratios in the classroom and clinical setting must be maintained to provide excellence in education, success on the national licensure exam and quality healthcare for the community.

Program Cost

The cost of the BPCC Nursing Program includes tuition, a clinical fee for each semester in which the student is enrolled in program courses and additional fees for skills labs, simulation labs, finger printing, background checks, and other required tests and supplies. Other cost such as those for immunizations, uniforms, and non-required course materials (study guides, reference textbooks, manuals not on the required textbook list, etc.) will be in addition to the initial tuition amount and will be the responsibility of each student. All College fees, including tuition, are subject to change without notice. For information on financial aid assistance, contact the Financial Aid office at 678-1117.

Required courses for Associate of Science in Nursing


Freshman Year - Required Prerequisite/Qualification Courses
First Semester Hours
ENGL 101: Composition and Rhetoric I 3
BLGY 230: Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BLGY 230L: Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab  1
PSYC 220 Developmental Psychology  3
MATH 102: College Algebra 3
    13
     
Second Semester Hours
ENGL 102: Composition and Rhetoric II 3
BLGY 231: Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BLGY 231L: Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
MICR 201: Microbiology for Nursing and Allied Health 3
MICR 201L: Microbiology for Nursing and Allied Health Lab 1
MATH 114: Finite Math  3
NURS 101: Introduction to Nursing * 1
    15
     
Sophomore Year - Required Program Courses
First Semester Hours
NURS 200: Fundamentals of Nursing 6
NURS 201: Adult Nursing I  4
NURS 202: Nursing Practicum I  2
NURS 205: Pharmacology I  1
    13
     
Second Semester Hours
NURS 210: Pediatric Nursing  3
NURS 211: Adult Nursing II 4
NURS 212: Adult Practicum II 3
NURS 213: Pediatric Practicum 1
NURS 214: Pharmacology II 1
  Humanities elective ** 3
    15
     
Third Semester Hours
NURS 220: Women's Health Nursing  2
NURS 221: Adult Nursing III 3
NURS 222: Adult Practicum III 3
NURS 223: Mental Health Nursing 2
NURS 224: Women's Health Practicum 1
NURS 225: Mental Health Practicum 1
NURS 226: Pharmacology III 1
ART 206: Introduction to Fine Arts 3
    or Approved Fine Arts elective **
    16
     
Total Credit hours   72
     
* BLGY 230, 230L, 231, 231L and MICR 201, 201L must be completed within five years of enrollment in NURS 101
     
** may be completed prior to or concurrent with enrollment in Nursing program/ clinical courses

Required Courses for the LPN to RN Transition Associate of Science in Nursing


Freshman Year - Required Prerequisite/Qualification Courses
First Semester Hours
ENGL 101: Composition and Rhetoric I 3
BLGY 230: Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BLGY 230L: Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab  1
PSYC 220 Developmental Psychology  3
MATH 102: College Algebra 3
    13
     
Second Semester Hours
ENGL 102: Composition and Rhetoric II 3
BLGY 231: Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BLGY 231L: Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
MICR 201: Microbiology for Nursing and Allied Health 3
MICR 201L: Microbiology for Nursing and Allied Health Lab 1
MATH 114: Finite Math  3
    14
     
Sophomore Year - Required Program Courses
First Semester (Level I) Hours
LEAP Credit  (NLN 1 PN to RN Foundation of Nursing Proficiency Exam) 12
NURS 204: LPN to RN Transition  2
    14
     
Second Semester (Level II) Hours
NURS 210: Pediatric Nursing  3
NURS 211: Adult Nursing II 4
NURS 212: Adult Practicum II 3
NURS 213: Pediatric Practicum 1
NURS 214: Pharmacology II 1
  Humanities elective ** 3
    15
     
Third Semester (Level III) Hours
NURS 220: Women's Health Nursing  2
NURS 221: Adult Nursing III 3
NURS 222: Adult Practicum III 3
NURS 223: Mental Health Nursing 2
NURS 224: Women's Health Practicum 1
NURS 225: Mental Health Practicum 1
NURS 226: Pharmacology III 1
ART 206: Introduction to Fine Arts 3
    or Approved Fine Arts elective **
    16
     
Total credit hours for the Associate of Science in Nursing (LPN to RN) 72
     
* BLGY 230, 230L, 231, 231L and MICR 201, 201L must be completed within five years of enrollment in NURS 101  
     
** may be completed prior to or concurrent with enrollment in Nursing program/ clinical courses.

NCLEX-RN Licensure Exam Policy

All BPCC Nursing Program degree requirements must be completed before the student is eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN Examination (National Council Licensure Exam – Registered Nurse). All graduates of the program seeking initial registration in Louisiana must take the NCLEX-RN administered by the National Council on Licensure.

Essential Requirements

Admissions to nursing and allied health programs at BPCC are based on academic achievement and additional program specific non-academic criteria. Essential Requirements have been established by each program identifying the occupational-specific technical standards required of students in the program. Decisions to apply for admission to the BPCC Nursing Program should be made after considering the Program Essential Requirements. The Essential Requirements are available in the Nursing Program Application or from the Division Office, located in Building B, room 148.

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