LSUHSC is up and running, but not back to full speed. Some of the buildings are still closed due to repairs and the adminstration is still pretty disorganized.
I was recently accepted for the Fall. My application letter was fairly formal, giving an outline of what my qualifications academically for the program were. My goal statement basically just gave an overview of why I want to enter nursing and my career goals (which in my case is to become a CRNA). I might have had an advantage getting in though because 1. I'm a guy and I know nursing schools
are actively looking to recruit me 2. I graduated from college with a high GPA.
My advice to you is to meet with the program director, sit down and see where you stand with prereqs, etc. I did that and I'm glad I did because it turned out that from the time I applied to the time I got accepted a few of the course prereq's changed. It also allowed her to put a face to my name on paper which doesn't hurt.
Overall, CARE seems like the best program in my opinion. You go full-time for 18 months and you get a BSN, which allows you to get it over with in one fell swoop. It seemed the best decision for me rather than being put on a waiting list at Charity for an ADN, or being required to work for a while at Tulane after graduating from OLOL.
Anyway good luck to you and write me if you have any more questions,