Delgado Community College and LSU Health New Orleans Partner for Baccalaureate Nursing Education

June 04, 2018

Delgado Community College Charity School of Nursing and LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing have entered into an agreement to increase the number of nurses with bachelor’s degrees and get them into the workforce sooner.

The Early Admission Registered Nurse (EARN) Program will grant earlier access for students pursuing an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) at Delgado Community College Charity School of Nursing to the LSU Health New Orleans Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program. Students can be concurrently enrolled in Delgado’s associate nursing degree program and LSU Health New Orleans’ RN to BSN degree program. 

The first group of students will be admitted to the EARN Program for the Fall 2018 semester. The application deadline for the fall semester is July 1, 2018, and for the spring semester, it is October 1, 2018.

In 2010, the Institute of Medicine released a landmark report on the future of nursing initiated by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. A major recommendation of this report was to increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in the workforce to 80% by 2020. The recommendation was supported by evidence that patient outcomes improved with higher levels of nursing education and that health care system complexity demanded more advanced preparation for nurses.

“The EARN Program will provide a seamless progression in nursing education to meet the educational needs of the citizens of Louisiana, decrease the time required for students to complete BSN degrees and assist in assuring a qualified health care workforce to improve patient outcomes,” notes Dr. Demetrius Porche, dean of LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing. “We are pleased to welcome Delgado students to LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing, the only nursing school in Louisiana within an academic health sciences center.”

Requirements for admission to the EARN Program include:

Students must be admitted to Delgado and have completed all prerequisites and the second semester coursework.

Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.8.

Students must meet the definition of residency at each institution to qualify for in-state tuition.

Candidates for admission to the EARN Program will be accepted collaboratively by designated representatives from both Delgado and LSU Health New Orleans. Qualified applicants will apply to the EARN Program through LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing. Enrollment in the EARN Program terminates upon completion of the Delgado Community College Charity School of Nursing ASN Program. The student will then petition LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing to transfer to the RN to BSN Program for the remainder of the required coursework. Presently, students at Delgado Community College Charity School of Nursing should contact the Dean’s Office for screening eligibility. LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing will then work with students referred by Delgado to begin advising on the program’s details, progression and academics. Applicants must be familiar with admissions criteria and processes that are posted online for both institutions at http://lsuh.sc/nr?a=237 and http://lsuh.sc/nr?a=238. Students are strongly encouraged to begin the screening process early, as the application process may take some time.

“This agreement establishes a pipeline to address the shortage of qualified nurses for our state,” notes Dr. Larry Hollier, chancellor of LSU Health New Orleans. “By sharing resources and complementing our individual strengths, we are providing great value to the state and all those we serve. We are pleased to strengthen our collaboration with Delgado Community College to benefit our students with an education of the highest quality, as well as the patients they will care for.”            

“Educational partnerships like this one that have lasting benefits for our community as well as our institutions are one reason why higher education is key to a brighter future and better way of life in our city and region,” said Joan Y. Davis, chancellor of Delgado Community College. “All of us at Delgado are proud of Charity School of Nursing and LSU Health Sciences Center's long records of community service through education. This new agreement strengthens an already strong and lasting partnership.”

Dr. Demetrius Porche, dean of LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing, and Joan Y. Davis, chancellor of Delgado Community College, are pictured at a ceremony to formalize a new transfer agreement between the nursing schools at their institutions.
Dr. Demetrius Porche, dean of LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing, and Joan Y. Davis, chancellor of Delgado Community College, are pictured at a ceremony to formalize a new transfer agreement between the nursing schools at their institutions.

 


LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans educates Louisiana’s health care professionals. The state’s most comprehensive health sciences university, LSU Health New Orleans includes a School of Medicine, the state’s only School of Dentistry, Louisiana’s only public School of Public Health, and Schools of Allied Health Professions, Nursing, and Graduate Studies. LSU Health New Orleans faculty take care of patients in public and private hospitals and clinics throughout the region. In the vanguard of biosciences research in a number of areas in a worldwide arena, the LSU Health New Orleans research enterprise generates jobs and enormous economic impact. LSU Health New Orleans faculty have made lifesaving discoveries and continue to work to prevent, advance treatment, or cure disease. To learn more, visit the LSU Health New Orleans website, Twitter page, and Facebook page

Delgado Community College, founded in 1921, is Greater New Orleans’ largest higher education institution and Louisiana’s oldest and largest community college. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and by industry organizations, Delgado provides students with the most comprehensive array of education and training services available in the Greater New Orleans region. Delgado has transfer articulation agreements with most of Louisiana’s four-year colleges and universities, enabling students wishing to pursue higher degrees to easily transfer credits into baccalaureate programs. Delgado locations include the City Park Campus, West Bank Campus, Charity School of Nursing, Jefferson Site, Sidney Collier Site, and the Maritime and Industrial Training Center. Delgado is also a workforce development partner in the Jefferson Business and Career Solutions Center in Gretna. Online courses are offered as well. Learn more at www.dcc.edu and #BeInThatNumber.