COLLEGE OF APPLIED & NATURAL SCIENCES
Louisiana Tech maintains as its highest priority the education and development of its students in a challenging, yet supportive community of learners. Louisiana Tech grants the Associate of Science in Nursing in a vibrant university culture of excellence. Upon completion of the nursing program and approval by the State Board of Nursing, graduates are eligible to take the licensing exam and enter into professional nursing practice as a registered nurse. Tech graduates are highly recruited, maintain an outstanding NCLEX pass rate, and are ready to continue to grow professionally as lifelong learners.
Requirements for admission
The Division of Nursing welcomes applications from individuals who are interested in beginning a career as a registered nurse. Following admission to the University students may begin taking general education requirements for the nursing curriculum. Applicants for the clinical nursing program are selected twice each year (Fall and Spring quarters).
The application process is competitive based on the following five components:
- Cumulative grade point average for all college/university courses attempted (minimum GPA to be considered is 2.6)
- ACT score (best composite score)
- Three letters of recommendation (addressed to the Division of Nursing Admission Committee). Letters must be written within one year of the application deadline. Letters can be received through mail (PO Box 3152, Ruston, LA 71272), hand-delivered to the Nursing Office (GTM 323), or signed, scanned and emailed to Dr. Donna Hood (Director, Division of Nursing) email@example.com
- Essay attached to your application form (2-3 double-spaced pages addressing the four questions listed below)
- Completion of required science courses. Although you are not required to complete these courses prior to beginning your clinical courses, you are given additional points for successful completion of each required biological science course in the nursing curriculum prior to selection of the clinical cohort.
Essay questions to be addressed:
- What characteristics do you have that will help you succeed in the program and as a future nurse?
- How did you become interested in joining the nursing profession? What is your story or motivation for choosing nursing?
- Why is Louisiana Tech’s nursing program the right fit for you?
- What volunteer/leadership/ life experiences do you have? How do you relate those experiences to your future success as a nursing student?
All application components must be received or postmarked by the application deadline.
- March 1 for cohort beginning Fall Quarter
- November 1 for cohort beginning Spring Quarter
Once a student receives an acceptance letter, they must complete the approval process requirements of the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. Instructions will be provided with the acceptance packet.
Core Performance Standards are included below and should be reviewed.
Students must receive approval to enroll in a clinical course by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.
Requirements for licensure
According to Louisiana law governing the practice of nursing, a nursing graduate must complete the approved educational program preparing for licensure as a registered nurse, be approved to test, and must pass the NCLEX-RN exam to be licensed as a registered nurse.
Clinical agency affiliation requirements include documentation of the following for clinical nursing students prior to beginning any clinical nursing course: annual criminal background check and drug screen, immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, negative TB test, current season flu vaccine, tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis and hepatitis B series vaccines, professional liability insurance, health insurance, and AHA Healthcare Provider CPR.
Division of Nursing Core Performance Standards
Core Performance Standard Examples
*Examples of relevant activities provided in this document are not inclusive, but simply suggestive.
|Academic Progress||Advance from learning experiences relevant to program objectives||
|Professional Conduct and Behavior||Behave in a respectful, ethical, and professional manner with all||
|Emotional stability||Emotional stability sufficient to tolerate rapid and evolving environment||
|Gross Motor and Fine Motor Skills||Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care||
|Physical Endurance and Stamina||Physical abilities sufficient to sustain physical activities incurred for safe and effective nursing care||
|Visual Acuity||Visual ability with or without assistive devices sufficient for observation and assessment||
|Auditory Perception||Auditory ability with or without assistive devices sufficient for observation and assessment||
|Tactile||Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment||
|Smell||Olfactory ability to monitor and assess health needs and environmental situations||
|Interpersonal Skills||Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds||
|Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment||
|Communication||Communication abilities (hearing, speaking, reading, and writing) sufficient for interaction with others in verbal, written, assisted, and electronic form||
The Division of Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission of Education in Nursing (ACEN). Contact information: 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, GA 30326 – 404.975.5000 –
The Division of Nursing is approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN). Contact information: 17373 Perkins Road Baton Rouge, LA 70810 – 225.755.7500