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2023 - 2024 Catalog 
2023 - 2024 Catalog

Nursing – Registered Nursing, A.S.

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Successful completion of the program qualifies the graduate to take the National Council Licensure Examination for state licensure as a Registered Nurse and to seek employment as a nurse in a first-level position in various health care settings. Graduates are prepared to continue study for a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The School of Nursing has full approval from the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (17373 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70810, 225-755-7500).

The Associate degree nursing program at Delgado Community College, located in New Orleans, Louisiana is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000.  The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate degree nursing program is continuing accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by ACEN regarding this program at

To be eligible for admission to the Associate of Science degree program, a student must meet Delgado Community College admission requirements and the following additional criteria:

  1. A high school diploma or equivalent.
  2. Non-remedial (non-developmental) status in English and Math.
  3. A GPA of at least 2.5 in all non-nursing (required related or general education) courses.
  4. A Delgado Community College GPA of 2.0 (if applicable).
  5. An acceptable score on the pre-nursing exam. It must be taken at a Delgado Community College Testing Center.  Testing Center sites include locations at the City Park Campus, the West Bank Campus, the Sidney N. Collier Site, and the River City Site.  More information may be obtained in the Information Bulletin or on the Delgado Community College website.  Scores are good for three (3) years.

The Louisiana State Board of Nursing reserves the right to deny a student admission to clinical nursing courses. A copy of the information required by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing is available in the Nursing Admissions Information Bulletin. Failure to meet these requirements can result in denial of admission to the clinical nursing courses. Please note that drug testing is required upon admission and/or at various times during the nursing program. A criminal history record and background check are required of all students in the nursing program.

An Associate Degree in Nursing - Registered Nursing class is admitted each January and August. The A.S. in Nursing - Registered Nursing program may be completed in a minimum of five semesters. This is a limited enrollment program with competitive admission. Admission is a function of the School of Nursing Admissions Committee.

Information may be obtained online at

Licensed Practical Nurses who wish to earn an Associate degree in Nursing have two options at Delgado Charity School of Nursing: (1) LPNs may seek application to the program as generic students who will proceed through the prescribed curriculum. (2) LPNs who meet criteria may apply to the Transitions in Nursing accelerated pathway for enrollment enroll in NURS 132: Transitions in Nursing: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Registered Nurse (RN) and NURS 133: Pharmacology for Transitions. Upon successful completion of NURS 132 and NURS 133, the student may progress directly into the third semester of the nursing curriculum. The LPN Transitions option has specific requirements. To obtain information regarding either option, contact a Delgado Pre-Nursing Advisor.  An LPN to RN Transitions class is admitted each January, June, and August.  Students following the Transitions pathway may complete in three semesters.

Graduates of the Delgado Charity School of Nursing LPN program will be awarded five points towards their total ranking score, after meeting all program requirements.

Transfer students from other nursing schools must meet admission and progression criteria at the time of application. Additionally, the student must be in good standing at the previous nursing program. Transfer students must provide a syllabus and course descriptions for all nursing courses previously taken.

Prerequisites to enrollment in first nursing course:

**Prerequisites(s): “C” or better in BIOL 141 and BIOL 143 or equivalent; or a composite ACT score of 22 or higher and passed biology in high school with a grade of “B” or better; or passing score on the Biology Placement Exam.

Students who elect to take Anatomy and Physiology II lecture and lab prior to enrolling in nursing courses must have completed both courses within five years of enrollment in the first clinical nursing course.

Student Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Individualize holistic health care using the nursing process while incorporating best practices with the patient as an active participant (SLO #1)
  • Manage the delivery of health care by using sound clinical judgment and leadership skills (SLO #2)
  • Exemplify personal, professional, and ethical responsibility (SLO #3)
  • Formulate clinical decisions utilizing information technology and research (SLO #4)
  • Collaborate effectively with the interdisciplinary team members to advocate for positive health outcomes (SLO #5)
  • Ensure adherence to principles of quality improvement to promote excellence and safety in health care (SLO #6)
  • Communicate effectively with health care team and individuals (SLO #7)


Required grade of ”C” or higher in all program courses required for degree. Prerequisites to each clinical nursing course include: completion of a Health Care Provider CPR Course renewed every two years and valid through each semester of enrollment, completion of immunizations, and documentation of student nurse liability insurance.


Required grade of “C” or higher in all program courses required for degree.  Six credit hours of college-level math are required. Suggested math courses are MATH 120  and MATH 203 .  To facilitate transferability to some baccalaureate nursing programs, math at the level of 130 or higher is recommended. See General Education Requirements , for approved Fine Arts courses and Humanities courses.



See Graduation Requirements .

Students planning to pursue a baccalaureate program should contact that receiving institution for determination of course transferability. A listing of Delgado courses can be found by following this link: Transfer List 

Suggested Sequence

First Semester

Total: 16 Credit Hours

**Prerequisites to Enrollment

Total: 14 Credit Hours

Total: 16 Credit Hours

Total: 13 Credit Hours

Fifth Semester

Total: 13 Credit Hours


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