Testing Policy for Practical Nursing

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A student wishing to apply for college admission and declare Practical Nursing as his/her program of study must meet the current testing scores required for entry to a Technical Diploma program and those stipulated by the LSBPNE for Practical Nursing.

Current admission test scores can be found in the table below or by contacting the Support Coordinator or Program Coordinator.
If a student does not achieve the current score required:

  • He/she will be allowed to retest one time. If unable to achieve the required scores on the second attempt, the student will be enrolled in the appropriate level transitional course(s). If a student tests into Math 0098 he/she will enroll in, take, and pass the course. After successful completion of Math 0098, the student will be allowed to retest up to two times. If the student does not achieve an Algebra or QAS score of 250, he/she will then enroll in, take, and pass Math 0099. If the student tests into Math 0099, he/she will enroll in, take, and pass the course. Please refer to the SOWELA Placement Sheet for information regarding transitional course placement. Upon satisfactory completion of Math 0099 and any other required transitional course(s), the student will be permitted to apply for admission to the Practical Nursing Program if he/she has test scores that meet the criteria established by the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners. Please refer to the Minimum Scores Required by LSBPNE for Admission into Louisiana Practical Nursing Programs information sheet.
  • If the student test score does not meet Next Generation ACCUPLACER scores required by LSBPNE guidelines, he/she will be permitted to test two additional times (after completing the steps outlined in the first bullet). If unable to meet the minimum scores required by the LSBPNE, the student will be enrolled in the next level transitional or college level course(s). Upon satisfactory completion of the transitional or college-level course(s), the student will be allowed to retest two additional times.
  • If unable to meet the minimum scores (after a total of eight (8) attempts as indicated above) required by the LSBPNE, career counseling will be provided to explore alternate career options.
ENTRANCE TEST SCORES FOR THE PRACTICAL NURSING PROGRAM
READING
Accuplacer
Classic
Accuplacer
Next Gen
ACT Compass
SOWELA 85 256 19 82
LSBPNE
(LA State Board of PN Examiners)
65 250
Reading Composition
20 85
LANGUAGE
Accuplacer
Classic
Accuplacer
Next Gen
ACT Compass
SOWELA 86 250 18 68
LSBPNE
(LA State Board of PN Examiners)
74 241
Writing
17 70
MATH
Accuplacer
Classic
Accuplacer
Next Gen
ACT Compass
Pre-Alg Alg
SOWELA 65
Elem Alg
250 19 N/A 40
LSBPNE
(LA State Board of PN Examiners)
48
Elem Alg
243
Quantitative Reasoning,
Algebra, & Statistics
18 55 33