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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree program prepares a generalist in nursing with leadership skills, basic research abilities, and a holistic health approach to professional nursing with a focus on the community. A broad foundation in science and liberal arts enables the professional nurse to enter into the collaborative health care process in various settings.


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is the foundation for professional nursing practice. The professional nurse practices in collaboration with other healthcare providers and is responsible for coordinating comprehensive nursing care collaboration with other healthcare providers, coordinating and practicing comprehensive nursing care for individuals, families, groups, and communities, and assuming management and leadership positions in nursing practice.


A course of study that meets the degree requirements and the university’s General Education Program Requirements will be planned with the student through regular advising sessions each semester.


31 hours of core pre-requisite courses or their course equivalents must be met following the AY 2022-2023 curriculum plan.


• Minimum G.P.A. is 2.7 on 4.0 grade scale.


•Transfers or re-admitted degreed students must apply and be admitted to SUNO first, to apply to the nursing program.


•Anyone transferring from another nursing program must provide proof of good standing on the institution’s letterhead.


•This is not a bridge program for LPNs nor Associate Degree licensed RNs. It is a traditional pre-licensure BSN program.


•Official Transcripts must be received by SUNO’s Admissions Office for evaluation.


• Eligible LPNs who are admitted to the B.S.N. program follow the same admission/progression standards as the traditional baccalaureate student.


• LPNs license will be verified with the Louisiana State Board of Practical Examiners and must be in good standing.


• Pre-requisite courses dated ten (10) years or older must be repeated.


• The HESI A2 pre-admission examination is required and a part of the application process.


• Application to program does not guarantee admission.


Students who complete the baccalaureate degree program will write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Graduates of the nursing program who have been convicted of a violation of the law other than a minor traffic violation (i.e., misdemeanor and/or felony) may be denied a license to practice as a registered nurse by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. Questions about eligibility for licensure should be directed to the Louisiana State Board of Nursing at 225-755-7500.

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