Rife and Carolyn Saunders Division of Nursing | Louisiana College

Rife and Carolyn Saunders Division of Nursing

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

Nationally Accredited

The Rife and Carolyn Saunders Division of Nursing offers two tracks to achieve a Bachelor of Science Degree (BSN).

  1. The TRADITIONAL four-year track.
  2. The ACCELERATED  17-month track for students with an earned BA and other qualifications.

Completion of the BSN offers the option to transition directly into the 100% online MSN program.

Both programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN).
Successful completion of either track allows the graduate to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.

Registered Nurses (RN) with a nationally accredited associate degree or diploma may be eligible to complete the 100% online RN to BSN program, priced at $200 per credit hour.



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, evidence-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.



State Accreditation

The Division of Nursing at Louisiana College is accredited by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing but on probation because less than 80% of LC students passed the NCLEX on their first attempt. The program is accredited and has three years to help students increase their passage rate on their first attempt.

100% PASS RATE! Our entire cohort of December 2019 ABSN graduates passed the NCLEX on their first attempt.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our nursing program, please direct them to Dean Marilyn Cooksey at marilyn.cooksey@lacollege.edu

Contact information

Ms. Cecelia Edwards
Phone: 318.487.7127 
Email: cecelia.edwards@laccollege.edu

Marilyn M. Cooksey, RN, MSN, PhD
Email: marilyn.cooksey@lacollege.edu 

Be sure to check out the the
100% online RN to BSN program, priced at $200/credit hour.

Division Information

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

Application to the DON is a two-step process.

  1. Students must first apply to Louisiana College.
  2. 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.

April 15th of each year or the following Monday if April 15th is on a weekend.

  • Admission to LC
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or higher
  • Successful completion of core and prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better
  • At or above the national average for BSN programs on the TEAS admission test
  • Statement of goals, including the reason for pursuing a BSN degree

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.

No, it is a competitive admission based primarily on GPA and TEAS admission test score. Prospective students who are not admitted may re-apply for the following Fall term.

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.

Reasons for obtaining the BSN

Required for:

  • Graduate programs, such as nurse anesthetist programs.
  • Nursing management positions.
  • Joining the military as a nurse.

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, see the Unofficial Advising Tool ABSN or Unofficial Advising Tool BSN.

For questions on tuition and fees please contact Ms. Beverly Ingram at beverly.ingram@lacollege.edu.

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

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

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.

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.

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