A Detailed Overview of the Baton Rouge Community College’s Associate of Science in Nursing Program

In an older post Nursing Programs in Baton Rouge, I did a pretty short and concise bullet pointed list of the Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) nursing program’s prerequisites for entry and the length of the program.

Today, I wanted to do a complete detailed overview of the program.

BRCC’s program of nursing is a 2.5 year, 5 semester long Associate Degree of Science in Nursing totaling 72 credit hours. It is accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN).

Accreditation by the ACEN ensures that the program meets a national standard and students who graduate can later transfer their credits to a university for their Bachelors, Masters, and/or Doctorate. Accreditation of a program can also affect job placement particularly in government run or associated facilities. Approval by the LSBN means that students who complete this program can sit for the NCLEX-RN for licensure.

The BRCC nursing program also has articulation agreements in place with Aspen University, Franciscan Missionaries of our Lady University, McNeese State University, Northwestern State University, Our Lady of Holy Cross College and Western Governors University that allow and ensure for maximum credit transferability. Students who follow these articulation agreements will continue at the participating institution as a junior and complete with a bachelors upon graduation.

Students must apply into the nursing program between January and February of each year and meet the following admission criteria. Only 60 students are admitted into the program, with 30 students starting in the fall and 30 students starting in the spring. Admission is competitive and meeting the minimum requirements for applying does not ensure acceptance into the program. The program receives ~350 applications per year.

Students must meet the following criteria in order to apply:

  • Finish all prerequisite courses with a C or better
    • Math 101/110 College Algebra
    • ENGL 101 English Composition I
    • BIOL 230 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
    • PSYC 201 Introduction to Psychology
    • Art or Humanities Elective from approved list
  • Have a cumulative prerequisite GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • Achieve a score of 75 or higher in each HESI A2 section
    • Math
    • English
    • Reading
    • Biology
    • Grammar

A student’s application strength is calculated based on 50% HESI A2 score, 40% GPA, and 10% classes taken at BRCC. BRCC gives preference to its own students over external candidates. Potential applicants can receive advising and learn the strength of their application by attending group advising sessions. 

The BRCC associate degree in nursing program is the cheapest nursing program available in Baton Rouge for someone who does not have any kind of nursing background or education. From start to finish, including prerequisites, the program has an estimated tuition total of $15,000 including books. Furthermore, despite the cost of the program, the school does an excellent job of preparing its students for the NCLEX as show below with the previous years pass rates.

NCLEX Pass Rate by Calendar Year for First Time Test Takers 

BRCC’s NCLEX-RN pass rates have been higher than the state average since the initiation of the program. The exception being 2011 when NCLEX pass rate data was not published in the LSBN’s quarterly Examiner. Programs that fail to maintain an 80% pass rate or higher will go on probation, and then even lose accreditation if they cannot raise their NCLEX pass rate the following year.

BRCC’s program in nursing is run separately from the main campus at the Frazier building on Julia Street close to downtown Baton Rouge. The nursing campus is equipped with multiple simulation labs and rooms to provide students with as much experience and opportunities to learn and acquire the necessary skills in order to be successful in their profession.

The nursing advisor for the program is Christin Dillion, and she is best reached via email at dillonc@mybrcc.edu.

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