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.
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.
This program articulates with one or more institutions or agencies. Refer to the Articulation Agreements section of the catalog for further detail.
Student Learning Outcomes
Recipients of the Associate of Science in Nursing will have demonstrated:
- Professional behaviors including commitment to continued quality improvement, ethical and legal standards of practice, efficient management of resources, patient advocacy and lifelong learning.
- Promotion of safety in the workplace to minimize risk of harm to self, patients, family members and coworkers
- Use of therapeutic communication techniques which result in optimal relationships with patients and families and teamwork and collaboration with interdisciplinary team members
- The ability to provide patient-centered care with regard to cultural and life-span diversity in a variety of healthcare settings
- Evidence-based practice to inform the nursing process for clinical judgment and critical decision making
- Use of informatics and technology to document, manage patient records and support decision making.
- The ability to use the nursing process to assess, plan, and implement patient care to promote positive outcomes
The Bossier Parish Community College Nursing Associate of Science Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and has Full Approval from the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN).
The BPCC Nursing Program includes a traditional track and a transition track for current Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to become Associate Degree Registered Nurses (RNs).
This program includes a required clinical component. Persons interested in pursuing this degree should be aware of all information concerning clinical programs described on the Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health page.
Admission to BPCC clinical level 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 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 clinical level 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.
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.
- have read, signed, and submitted the BPCC Nursing Program Essential Requirements.
- have completed the Kaplan Entrance Exam while enrolled in PNUR 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
- recieve approval from the Louisiana State Board of Nursing
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; laboratoryimmunization/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. Students must maintain a minimum grade of C (76%) or better in all program course work to remain in the program. Refer to the Nursing Program Clinical Handbook for specific policies and procedures on program progression and graduation. Students must successfully complete the AHA Healthcare Provider CPR course, offered during the fall or spring 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 pm on the first Monday in April and for the spring semester nursing program courses are due by 3:30 pm 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 qualification 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.
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 from the Nursing program office (H-133) or posted to the BPCC website.
Louisiana State Board of Nursing Requirements
All students admitted to the BPCC clinical nursing program must submit to the Louisiana Board of Nursing an authorization form for a Criminal Background Check, an application for enrollment in a clinical nursing program, meet all other requirements of the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and receive approval from the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.
If a student is admitted to the clinical sequence of the program, any subsequent disciplinary action, arrest, criminal charge or conviction, addiction, or impairment, etc. shall also be reported IMMEDIATELY to the Nursing Program Administrator and to the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN). All required documents shall be forwarded to the LSBN for evaluation in determining the student’s eligibility to continue in the clinical sequence of the program.
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 for a period of three years following the failure. 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.
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 of State Boards of Nursing.
Required Courses for Associate of Science in Nursing (Traditional Track):