Nursing is a popular degree program at any college. Louisiana State University at New Orleans offers a unique opportunity for students who already have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree. The LSU accelerated nursing program can be completed in two years.
The degree program is extensive and because of that, applicants are required to meet strict requirements and deadlines. The university stresses that due to space limitations, not all applicants that meet requirements will be accepted.
LSU Accelerated Nursing Program Overview
The two-year advanced LSU accelerated nursing program begins in August and is broken into 5-16 week learning blocks. Those accepted will take classes and complete clinical hours on a full time schedule, including morning, afternoon, evening and weekend work. The intense program includes a total of 123 credits, 60 which must be upper-level, 3000-4000 in range. To graduate, a thirty hour residence must be completed.
Over the two years, nursing majors will take courses in human physiology, anatomy, advanced psychology, pharmacology, pathophysiology, critical care, professional nursing, ethics, legal issues, nursing theory and practice.
Graduates of the competitive LSU accelerated nursing program must complete state testing requirements to obtain their nursing license. Many states also require continuing education to maintain the nursing license.
Requirements for LSU Accelerated Nursing Program Acceptance
The LSU accelerated nursing program is popular and extremely competitive. Perspective students must make sure they meet all of the requirements before even applying. Required science courses are in biological and physical sciences. The deadline for completed applications is January 15; this is the only enrollment period for the program.
When submitting the application, applicants must have completed an approved bachelor’s degree program, complete all prerequisites with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. All science requirements must have a “B” or higher final grade; submit an admissions statement; provide two letters of recommendation, one professional, one academic and attend a formal interview.