Baton Rouge Community College
Associate of Science in Nursing
We offer an affordable, selective admission, collegiate nursing curriculum that promotes transfer to a 4-year institution and encourages lifelong learning. The Nursing Program is designed to provide excellent nursing education to diverse learners who improve the quality of health care for our multicultural community.
The Program of Nursing provides educational opportunities for individuals to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, values, and competencies for nursing practice. The curriculum is based on the Educational Competencies for Graduates of Associate Degree Nursing Programs of the National League for Nursing. Graduates will receive the associate of science degree in nursing and are eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Nursing is a client-centered, information- and evidence-based, interdisciplinary profession that provides safe, quality health care. The focus of nursing is the client (individual, family, and groups). Nursing uses a holistic approach to meet the health needs of the client and involves the systematic collection of data and utilization of scientific research. The nurse collaborates with a client-centered team to provide a high standard of care that is effective, efficient, and protects clients and others from health and environmental hazards.
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 select candidates for enrollment in the program. The Application for the RN Program becomes available online January 8, 2018 with Friday, February 2, 2018 being the deadline.
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.
The following courses are prerequisites for admission to the Nursing program. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all of the prerequisite courses listed.
MATH 101/110 College Algebra
ENGL 101 English Composition I
BIOL 230 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
PSYC 201 Introduction to Psychology
Art or Humanities Elective from “Approved General Education Courses” published in the college catalog
In addition, to be eligible for entry into the Nursing program, students must:
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.80 or higher in the 16 credit hours of prerequisite courses above.
- Achieve a score of 75 or better on each section of the nursing admission exam, with a composite score of 75 or higher.
It is important to note that admission to the Nursing program is competitive: meeting the minimum
requirements listed here does not guarantee admission.
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. LPNs should contact the Department of Nursing at (225) 216-8879 and attend one of the weekly information sessions for specific admission and curricular requirements.