Registered Nursing (RN) Program

students working with infant simulatorsAdmission Requirements and Information

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. Communicate effectively with health care team and individuals.
  5. Formulate clinical decisions utilizing information technology and research.
  6. Collaborate effectively with the interdisciplinary team members to advocate for positive health outcomes.
  7. 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, 3 hours of college level Math (MATH 120, 128 130, 133, or 203) 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 and a Delgado Community College GPA of 2.0 or better.
  • Complete Kaplan 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

students working with patient simulators

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, and LPN-RN. 

Attention RN Applicants

Apply to the Generic program if you are a first-time student entering at Level I

Apply to the Transition program if you are a licensed LPN and would like to enroll in 1 semester of Transitions in Nursing and Pharmacology for Transitions and upon completion advance to Level III.  

Charity School of Nursing Application. 

The application period is now closed.  It will reopen June 1, 2024