School Of Nursing

Baton Rouge General's School of Nursing is dedicated to helping students become highly skilled RN's.  We're focused on the latest treatment techniques, technologies and holistic care in a world where nurses are some of the most valuable professionals.

Fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN)*, Baton Rouge General's Nursing school is one of national notoriety. Our nursing school consistently ranks among the top nursing schools nationwide for the percentage of graduates passing the national licensing exam for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN). For the past ten years, we have successfully placed our students in the workplace immediately following graduation. 

Mission Statement

Baton Rouge General School of Nursing's mission is "Improving lives and strengthening our community by providing exceptional nursing education." As a diploma nursing program, we prepare nurses for entry-level practice.  Faculty members expect students to serve as positive role models in the practice setting by pursuing excellence, promoting service, demonstrating compassion and reflecting integrity. The program provides graduates with a foundation to accept responsibility to develop and maintain their expertise in practice and accountability to the public.

Baton Rouge General's School of Nursing is a two year program and admitted students begin their program each year in January. To learn more about the General's School of Nursing, email or call (225) 387-7623.

*On February 16, 2017, LSBN “accepted the Annual Report of the diploma program in nursing at Baton Rouge General Medical Center and placed on probation for noncompliance with LAC 46:XLVII.3535.B.” The BRGSON reported a 77.78% first-time NCLEX-RN pass rate for the graduates of 2015, which is below the required 80% pass rate.

Candidates applying for admission are required to complete eight specific college credit courses, representing 25 credit hours of study, with a grade of "C" or better in each course prior to admission. The overall grade point average (GPA) for these courses must be 2.7 or better. In addition, admission prerequisites include completion of a one-unit high school or 3 hour college course in general chemistry with a grade of "C" or better and a high school or college level computer literacy course with a grade of "C" or better.

The courses are as follows:
  • Human Anatomy, 3 credit hours*
  • Human Physiology, 3 credit hours*
  • English Composition, 3 credit hours*
  • College Algebra, 3 credit hours*
  • General Psychology, 3 credit hours
  • Developmental Psychology, 3 credit hours
  • Human Nutrition, 3 credit hours
  • Microbiology and laboratory, 4 credit hours
    • One other course in general chemistry, 3 hours college credit or one-unit high school credit
    • One other course in computer literacy, high school or college credit
*Marked courses and at least one of the other courses listed must be completed by August 31 of the year of application.  The others must be completed by December. 

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By July 31, submit: 
  • Application for admission 
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • Indication on the form provided by the School of Nursing that the applicant is able to meet core performance standards for completion of the program 
  • Completed form provided by the school with information required by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN) on the criminal background of the applicant
  • Applicant Pool Statistical Form
By August 31, submit:
  • High school transcript or GED scores
  • Official transcripts of all previous college work sent directly from the college to the School of Nursing
  • Two performance appraisals to be completed by a recent employer or instructor
  • Required admissions test scores (For more information, please click here)
Upon acceptance, the following must be submitted:
  • A nonrefundable administrative fee of $50 by deadline stated in letter of acceptance
  • Two passport photographs
  • A record of acceptable health and immunization status prior to January admission date
  • Evidence of current CPR certification in the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Course
  • Written documentation of any accommodations required by those with disabilities
  • Drug test screen completed by the School of Nursing at time of admission and anytime thereafter as determined by the proper authority
To begin the admissions process, please download and complete these forms:

LPN Mobility

Baton Rouge General's School of Nursing offers an LPN Mobility Program for Licensed Practical Nurses who meet additional admission and selection criteria. This program allows the qualified applicant to challenge Nursing 110 (Pharmacology in Nursing, 3 hours), receive credit for Nursing 112 (Introduction to Nursing I, 7 hours), and challenge Nursing 120 (Introduction to Nursing II, 7 hours). The remainder of the curriculum can be completed in three semesters according to the curriculum included in the program of study.

To be eligible for the program, LPNs must meet all general admission and selection criteria, must be currently licensed as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Louisiana, have at least two years of LPN nursing experience in an acute care hospital, and achieve a decision score of 75 on the National League for Nursing's Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam I, Foundations of Nursing.

Contact the School of Nursing at (225) 387-7623 for nursing challenge exam test dates and additional information on advanced placement.

Program of Study

In addition to chemistry (high school or college) and computer literacy, all eight required general education courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. The required general education courses are part of the program of study and must be completed at a university of the student's choice approved by the school. Seven of the required courses must be completed prior to January of the year of entry into the General's School of Nursing. The remaining course (limited to Human Nutrition or Developmental Psychology) for three semester hours must be completed prior to May 25 of the year of entry.

Total Nursing Hours: 62 
General Education Courses: 25
Level I   Hours 
Spring Semester   
Nursing 110: Pharmacology in Nursing
Nursing 112: Intro to Nursing I
Summer Semester   
Nursing 12: Intro to Nursing II 
Level II  Hours 
Fall Semester   
Nursing 200: Seminar I
Nursing 220: Nursing of Adults I or Nu-224
Nursing 221: Nursing of Adults II or Nu-225 
Spring Semester   
Nursing 201: Seminar II 
Nursing 224: Child & Mental Health Nursing I or Nu-220 
Nursing 225: Child & Mental Health Nursing II or Nu-221 
Level III  Hours 
Fall Semester
Nursing 300: Seminar III
Nursing 320: Maternal-Newborn Nursing
Nursing 322: Management in Nursing 7
Total Tuition and Expenses $25, 925 
Nonrefundable application fee
Entrance Test (TEAS-V)
$125 (Subject to change)
Level I (Spring $3,250; Summer $2,275)
$5,525 (Spring, $3,250; Summer, $2,275)
Level II (Fall $4,875; Spring $4,875)
$9,750 (Fall, $4,875; Spring, $4,875)
Level III (Fall) $4,875
Fees averaged at $700/semester
Textbooks/Supplies/Graduation Expenses

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*Please note that these prices are subject to change and are based on estimates. Food, transportation and housing costs, are not included above and are the sole responsibility of the student.

Financial Assistance

To be eligible for financial assistance, the student must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The form may be completed on the internet at

The School participates in three Title IV programs:
  • Federal Pell Grant: a grant awarded on the basis of financial need; but, not available to students who have already received a bachelor or professional degree.
  • Federal Stafford Loans: Stafford loans are either subsidized or unsubsidized.
  • Parent PLUS Loans: Loans enabling parents with good credit histories to borrow for the education expenses of each child who is a dependent undergraduate student enrolled at least half time.

Veterans Benefits:
The Veterans Administration provides a wide range of benefits which include education and training. To apply for benefits, visit

Vocational Rehabilitation:
Students seeking benefits through vocational rehabilitation should contact State of Louisiana, Dept. of Health and Human Resources, Office of Human Development, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Students currently receiving federal financial aid should recognize that award amounts might be reduced upon initial enrollment at the Baton Rouge General School of Nursing. The determination of award amount is based on class standing and all students enter the program at the “freshman” level.

For more information, contact the Financial Aid Administrator at

Gainful Employment Disclosure

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.
A gainful employment disclosure includes the following information:
  • Cost of the program including tuition, fees, books, and supplies
  • Median loan debt incurred by students who have completed the program
  • Normal time to completion and normal time to completion rates

Click here for the Gainful Employment Disclosure.

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