Pre-Licensure Nursing (BSN)

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The Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program builds on a foundation in the arts and sciences to form self-directed nurse generalists prepared to assume leadership roles in the delivery of evidence-based nursing care. The BSN program develops professional nurses within an educational climate of honesty, respect, inquiry, service, and collaboration.

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We are pleased to announce that the pre-licensure BSN class of December 2018 has a 100% first-time pass rate on NCLEX! 

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Application Deadline

Applicants to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program must complete an application specific to the BSN clinical program.  Applications are due on or before January 15 for fall admission or July 15 for spring admission.   

Admission Criteria

Admission to the BSN program is a competitive selection process. Applicants to the BSN program must meet the following minimum admission criteria. Meeting minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission to the BSN program. 

1. Be in good academic standing at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

2. Complete the following pre-requisite courses with a grade of C or better prior to applying to the clinical nursing program and must appear on the transcript (a grade of B or better in BIOL 2310 and BIOL 2311 is preferred).

ACSM 1110: Introduction to College Education (1 credit hour)

WRIT 1310: College Writing I (3 credit hours)

MATH 1315: College Algebra (3 credit hours)

CHEM 1310: Chemical Fundamentals (3 credit hours)

BIOL 2310: Human Anatomy & Physiology I (3 credit hours)

BIOL 2310L: Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1 credit hour)

PSYC 1310: Introductory Psychology (3 credit hours)

WRIT 1311: College Writing II (3 credit hours)

COMM 2310: Professional Interpersonal Communications or COMM 2311: Professional Public Speaking (3 credit hours)

BIOL 2311: Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3 credit hours)

BIOL 2311L: Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (1 credit hour)

BIOL 2325: Fundamentals of Microbiology (3 credit hours)

BIOL 2325L: Fundamentals of Microbiology Lab (1 credit hour)

3. Have completed with a grade of C or better or have in progress the following pre-nursing courses**: BIOL 2320, MATH 2315, PSYC 2330, Ethics elective (PHIL 2320 or THEO 3345), and NURS 2410 (to be admitted students must earn a grade of C or better within the first two attempts; any grade, including a W, constitutes an attempt; students who have attempted NURS 2410 twice and have not earned grade of C or better will not be considered for admission).

4. Have earned a grade point average of 2.75 or higher on pre-nursing courses in the BSN curriculum.

5. Have achieved the category of proficient or higher on the TEAS Admission Assessment. The TEAS must include all content (Reading, Math, Science, English and Language usage) and must have been taken within the last (5) years.

     Downloadable TEAS Resources:

     - ATI TEAS Student Flyer

     - How To Create New Account

     - How To Register for PSI TEAS Assessment

6. Additional factors may influence acceptance into the BSN program. The committee may require an interview and/or proctored completion of a written statement.

* It is recommended that students complete 9 credit hours at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

** Please note: These prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better prior to beginning the first semester of the nursing curriculum.

Final program acceptance is contingent on approval from the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN).

The WIN Option (Walk into Nursing)

Students who exclusively take all prerequisite courses toward the BSN degree at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, who have a grade point average of 3.0 on all prerequisite coursework, and who meet the minimum admissions requirements are guaranteed admission to the BSN Program.

Criteria for admission after dismissal from any nursing program: 

Students who were dismissed from a previous baccalaureate nursing program must wait to apply to the nursing program at least one calendar year from the date of dismissal.

Criteria for transfer from an accredited nursing program:

Students requesting transfer into the BSN program from an accredited nursing program must:

  1. Be in good academic standing and eligible to re-enter the previous nursing program.
  2. Meet the established admission criteria for the BSN program.
  3. Have earned a grade of C or better on all transfer courses in the BSN curriculum.

Process for transfer from an accredited nursing program: 

 Student transferring into the pre-licensure BSN program must:

  1. Apply for general admission to the University.
  2. Submit a clinical application for the Pre-licensure BSN Program to the Office of Admissions by July 15 for the January class and by January 15 for the August class
    1. A letter of good standing from the previous nursing program must be submitted in support of the application and mailed to the Office of Admissions at the time of application.
  3. Submit the following documents to the School of Nursing by the published nursing application deadline:
    1. Letter indicating intent to transfer from another nursing program
    2. Transcript of all previous coursework
    3. Course descriptions and course content for completed nursing courses
    4. Letter of good standing from prior nursing program(s).
  4. Schedule a meeting with the School of Nursing’s Associate Dean of Undergraduate Nursing to discuss transfer credits and placement in the curriculum. This meeting can only be scheduled after all required documents have been received by the School of Nursing.

Following the meeting with the applicant, Nursing Administration will review the applicant’s request and make a recommendation to the Admission and Progression Committee regarding eligibility and transfer of courses. The Admission and Progression Committee will make the final decision regarding admission to the program and transfer of nursing courses.


The School of Nursing originated as a diploma program at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in 1923. In 1990, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, formerly Our Lady of the Lake College was established based on the recommendation of the nursing faculty.   The diploma program was transitioned to an Associate of Science in Nursing program. The first class was admitted in 1990. As a result of changes in health care, the nursing faculty proposed transitioning the associate degree program into a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The University Board of Trustees approved this transition. The BSN program admitted its first class fall 2012.


Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees.  Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

All School of Nursing BSN programs are fully approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (17373 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70810, (225) 755-7500, and hold accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA  30326, (404) 975-5000,

BSN Program Resources

Document TitleTypeFile Size
Document Title: Undergraduate Nursing Student HandbookType: pdfFile Size: 830.32 KBDownload
Document Title: Printable BSN CurriculumType: pdfFile Size: 208.95 KBDownload


Curriculum Notes:

* All Italicized semester 1 and 2 courses must be completed with a grade of C or better prior the applying to the School of Nursing.

Italicized courses MUST be completed prior to beginning the nursing curriculum (Semester 4)

Students admitted to the BSN program who hold an active LPN license will receive 12 credit hours for their LPN education.

Courses from the following disciplines may also be used as A/S electives: geography, political science, accounting, kinesiology, astronomy, education, and business management.

See BSN Program Resources above for a printable version of the curriculum.