Registered Nursing (RN) Program

Admission Requirements and Information

Effective February 1, the nursing programs (RN and PN) will begin using the Kaplan Nursing School Admissions Test as the pre-admission exam.  The HESI admission exam will no longer be accepted.  The Kaplan Test will only be administered in the months of March and mid-September/October.  If you plan to apply for the PN program during the May application period, or the RN program during the July application period, you must take the Kaplan Test in March.  The test may only be taken once during any application period.  Only Kaplan Admissions Test scores from the Delgado Testing Center will be accepted.  More information will be published on the Testing and Nursing pages of the website soon.  

Delgado Charity School of Nursing combines the art of caring with the science of health care for one of the most in-demand, high-growth career tracks in the industry. We welcome all applicants from Delgado and other colleges and universities in addition to the experienced professional seeking a career change.

The nursing faculty members foster excellence through their knowledge and expertise in the nursing profession. All students are assigned a faculty advisor as a mentor. Licensed graduates are qualified for employment as entry-level staff nurses in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, physicians’ offices, and home care agencies. Graduates are confident and professional nurses. The Nursing Program, including the general education courses, can be completed in five semesters. The curriculum provides a strong foundation in natural and social sciences and an understanding of patient care in a variety of settings, while providing students with knowledge and skills necessary to provide nursing care to clients and groups of clients throughout their lifespan. Clinical experience is at the core of the nursing curriculum. In order to provide a wide range of experiences, a variety of clinical facilities are used throughout the Greater New Orleans area.

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

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

To be considered for admission into Delgado Charity School of Nursing, prospective students must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a high school diploma or high school equivalency
  • Successfully complete all developmental courses
  • Successfully complete ENGL 101, MATH 120, MATH 128 or MATH 130 and BIOL 251 and 253 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I)
  • Have a nursing 2.5 GPA based on all general education and required related courses taken in the nursing curriculum
  • Pass a pre-nursing entrance exam
  • Submit a complete application package

Required nursing courses include the following:

  • Nursing
  • Pharmacology
  • Special Populations

Required related courses (C or higher required) include the following:

  • Microbiology of Human Pathogens
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • General Psychology
  • Humanities Elective
  • Fine Arts Elective
  • Math
  • English

The Associate of Science program can be completed in 2.5 years.

For detailed information about the RN program, please see the ADN Information Bulletin

Application Information

The Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN) must approve a student to enroll in a clinical nursing course.  Part of the approval process is based on a criminal records background check.  For more information on their denial or delay of licensure, reinstatement, or the right to practice nursing as a student nurse, visit the LSBN website.


Application deadlines for RN, PN, LPN-RN, and PN graduate advanced placement. 

Charity School of Nursing Application - The application for the RN program is now closed. Please check back for the next application cycle in July 2019.

RN Information

Curriculum Self Assessment for RN, Transfer, and Advanced Placement students

RN RE-Evaluation Form

RN Student Application Checklist

Admissions Requirements

Academic Assessment Form

Technical Standards

Student Achievement Data