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Rife and Carolyn Saunders Division of Nursing

The Rife and Carolyn Saunders Division of Nursing (DON) located at Louisiana College in Pineville, La, offers two tracks to achieve the Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The traditional track is a four-year consisting of liberal arts and pre-requisite courses that provide a solid foundation for success in the upper division nursing courses. The innovative Accelerated Bachelors of Science in Nursing (ABSN) track offers students with a previously earned bachelors degree the opportunity to complete upper division nursing courses in 17 months, after remaining pre-requisite courses and admission criteria are met. Both programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN). Successful completion of either track allows the graduate to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.

DON Mission

The mission of the DON is to offer courses of professional study from a Christian perspective that builds upon the liberal arts to prepare safe, competent generalist nurses who will collaborate with members of the healthcare team to provide holistic, evidenced-based, patient centered care.

The mission is congruent with the LC mission to provide a liberal arts education to honor and serve Jesus Christ. Furthermore, the mission is congruent with the AACN’s Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for professional nurses.


  • Accredited by the CCNE until 2023
  • Fully Approved by LSBN
  • Chartered as NU Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing
  • Nursing Skills Lab with all levels of simulation opened Fall 2009
  • First class of Accelerated BSN students admitted Fall 2009
  • All nursing courses supported by online resources, standardized review, testing packages
  • Elsevier Adaptive Quizzing integrated throughout the pre-licensure curriculum

Application Process

Application to the DON is a two-step process. Students must first apply to Louisiana College. This can be done at by clicking on the Admissions tab and then Clicking on Apply Now. Then just follow the prompts.

Application to the DON can be made by calling 318.487.7127 and asking for an admissions packet or following this link. Prospective students are always welcome to make an appointment to speak with an advisor.

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Contact information:

Ms. Cecelia Edwards

phone- 318.487.7127 


Marilyn M. Cooksey, RN, MSN, PhD 


Message from the Dean

Whether you are ready to start your career as a registered nurse, change career paths, or continue to the next level of nursing education, the faculty and staff of LC and the Rife and Carolyn Saunders Division of Nursing would love to speak with you about the exciting and innovative undergraduate pre-licensure BSN or RN-MSN programs. Come join us on an exciting adventure into the future of professional nursing. 

Marilyn M. Cooksey, RN, MSN, PhD

Frequently Asked Questions:

When does the nursing program begin?

Students are admitted to the upper division nursing courses in the Fall term of each year. This is typically late August. 

How do I apply?

Application for the DON is a two-step process. Prospective nursing students must first be accepted to Louisiana College. This is done online at through the admissions page.

Once accepted to LC, students may apply through NursingCas at or directly 

Application Process

Degree Plan

When is the application deadline?

April 30th of each year or the following Monday if April 30th is on a weekend. 

What are the admissions criteria?

  • Admission to LC
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or higher
  • Successful completion of core and pre-requisite courses with a grade of “C” or better
  • At or above the national average for BSN programs on the TEAS or HESI admission test
  • Curriculum Vitae 

Do I have to have all of my courses completed prior to being admitted?

No, but all pre-requisite courses must be successfully completed prior to the start of the Fall term In fact, most students are admitted conditionally with courses and/or the admissions test to complete. 

Is there a waiting list for the nursing program at LC?

No, it is a competitive admission based primarily on GPA and admission test score. Number of hours taken at LC, resume, and letters of recommendation are also considered. Prospective students may who are not admitted may re-apply for the following Fall term.  

What kind of nursing degree can I get at LC?

LC offers the Bachelors of Science in Nursing for our traditional and accelerated pre-licensure students (those who are not yet registered nurses- RNs).The RN-MSN program for RNs who want to advance their careers. 

Why choose a BSN nursing program?

Reasons for obtaining the BSNRequired for:Graduate programs, such as nurse anesthetist programs.Nursing management positions.Joining the military as a nurse. 

What are the pre-requisite courses for admission to the BSN program?

LC provides graduates with a well-rounded liberal arts education. The DON requires such courses as English I, II, and a literature, World Civilization I and II, General and Developmental psychology, College algebra, statistics, and several science/lab courses. For a full list, find the catalog here

How much does it cost to get the BSN?

For questions on tuition and fees please contact Ms. Beverly Ingram at

Can I get financial aid at LC?

Yes, qualified students can get grants, loans, and scholarships. Please contact a financial aid advisor at 318.487.7386. 

What are the qualifications of the nursing faculty?

All nursing faculty have the minimum of a Masters of Science in Nursing degree and years of experience in clinical practice.  

Where can I work with a BSN degree?

The BSN prepares you to work as a competent, safe nurse generalist in a variety of practice settings such as hospitals and long-term care facilities. With orientation graduates can work in the emergency department, ICU, surgery, labor and delivery, etc. 

Does LC accept courses taken at other colleges or universities?

Yes, LC articulates well with other community colleges and universities for pre-requisites and liberal arts courses. The DON will consider non-clinical course transfer credit. 

How can I speak with an advisor?

Call Ms. Cecilia Edwards at 318.487.7127 to speak with an advisor or make an appointment.


Graduate Program

Registered Nurse to Masters of Science in Nursing (RN-MSN) with Clinical Nurse Leader concentration 

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