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Program Information - Overview

Satisfactory completion of the Lutheran School of Nursing Diploma Program is contingent upon a student being physically, mentally and medically able - with or without reasonable accommodation - to successfully perform the Essential Functions of the Student Nurse.


Following appropriate instruction and supervision, the student will:

  1. Use their senses to observe and assess clients' needs and condition.
  2. Participate in the planning and evaluation of a client's nursing care, including reading all written medical information pertaining to the client and analyzing measurements and functions of technical equipment pertaining to client care.
  3. Implement nursing measures to give safe and effective care to clients, including: a. Administering physical care that often requires moving/lifting both adult and child clients as well as equipment. b. Performing nursing procedures that may require standing for extended periods and ability to stoop or bend.
  4. Communicate effectively with clients, families and other members of the health care team including both written and verbal communication.
  5. Maintain a safe and therapeutic environment for clients.
  6. Attend class sessions that may involve sitting for extended periods with short breaks periodically.
  7. Be capable of administering emergency care including performing CPR.
  8. Pass written scheduled examinations related to course/ clinical curriculum.


Before a student can take a Nursing Course, he or she MUST complete and receive a grade of C or better in all the following college-level classes:

  • Composition
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Anatomy and Physiology I (must be completed successfully within five years prior to acceptance to LSN)

These prerequisite courses can be completed one of three ways:

  1. Lutheran School of Nursing offers these classes each spring and fall semester on our campus. Applications are accepted for both Spring and Fall enrollment.
  2. Transfer from a regionally accredited college or university LSN generally accepts transfer credits for these courses from a regionally accredited college or university.
  3. CLEP or AP credit LSN accepts College Level Examination for Proficiency (CLEP) or Advanced Placement (AP) scores for Composition, Introduction to Sociology, or Introduction to Psychology if a student achieves the passing score recommended by the American Council on Education.

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