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UL Lafayette · Ochsner Accelerated BSN Program

This program is a partnership between UL Lafayette and Ochsner Lafayette General meant for students with a completed, non-nursing bachelor's degree looking to join the exciting field of healthcare. Earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in our accelerated, in person intensive, 15 month program designed to prepare you with a combination of teaching methodologies including didactic courses, clinical and lab experiences, and hybrid interactive learning courses.

Starting in May 2026, you can begin your nursing courses for the upcoming 2026 cohort, but you can work on your prerequisites once admitted to the university. Applications for the Summer 2026 cohort open on Monday, September 2, 2024. 

The deadline to apply is Friday, November 29, 2024

All supporting documents requested by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (including official transcripts from each university/college attended) must be received by Friday, December 13, 2024.  Applications will be marked incomplete after this time and will not be considered for inclusion in the applicant pool.


To enroll in the UL Lafayette · Ochsner Accelerated BSN Program, you will need to meet the following requirements:

• Completed non-nursing bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
• Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher on all previous undergraduate, college level coursework
• Accepted for Undergraduate Admission at UL Lafayette
• Completed the in-person program interview
• Completed 50 hours of required general education prerequisite courses before beginning your nursing courses
• Requires a US social security number

Students selected as part of the cohort, will begin 70 hours of required nursing courses in which you are required to maintain a grade of “C” or better in each major nursing course and a grade of “Satisfactory” in each nursing laboratory course or clinical component. Students are also required to complete clinical rotations at Ochsner Lafayette General.

Transfer Requirements

Your bachelor’s degree may be from any field as long as it is from a regionally accredited college or university. You must have on overall GPA of at least 3.0 from your previous undergraduate coursework to apply.

Your transfer credits for general education courses completed during your previous bachelor’s degree program may be applied to the UL Lafayette · Ochsner Accelerated BSN Program. The number of prerequisites required may vary depending on the applicable courses from your previous bachelor’s degree program. 

Contact the Registrar's Office at all institutions you attended before applying to UL Lafayette. Ask them to email or mail your transcripts directly to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

NOTE: Evaluation of transfer work will be completed after you have been admitted to the University and your minimum overall GPA of 3.0 has been verified.  An evauluation of your transcripts will be emailed to you before your in-person interview. 

Special Program Benefits

As a student in the UL Lafayette · Ochsner Accelerated BSN Program, you have access to certain benefits only available for this program.

  • You may earn your BSN in as little as 15 months in this accelerated in-person, program.
  • Your contract in this program provides tuition for your nursing courses and a contractually guaranteed job with Ochsner for three years after graduation. 
  • Your clinical rotations will take place at Ochsner Lafayette General or an Ochsner-affiliated agency.

After Graduation

Once you've graduated, you have a great career ahead of you.  

Upon completion of all requirements of a baccalaureate degree in nursing, graduates must pass the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) and receive approval to practice as a Registered Nurse.

This program prepares its students for licensure or certification within the state of Louisiana. Please visit the list of licensure programs for important information.

As part of this program, you will have contractually committed to working with Ochsner Lafayette General for three years.