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Nursing Schools in Louisiana with Degree Program Information

Louisiana has 40 schools that offer nursing programs. Learn about the degree programs, tuition info and program options for ten of the largest schools to make an informed education decision.

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Essential Information

Many colleges, universities and technical schools in Louisiana offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in nursing. Most prepare students to work as registered nurses (RN) or advanced practice nurses. Students gain hands-on training through clinical rotations. Depending on the program, applicants may need to meet specific admissions requirements. Program length varies from 2-4 years, and some graduate programs offer online coursework.

Career Requirements

As in all states, RNs in Louisiana must earn a license. This entails completing a training program approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and passing the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Advanced practice nurses must also meet state licensure requirements. After earning their initial RN license, they must complete a board-approved graduate program in a concentration area. They'll also need to hold national board certification from such organizations as the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Requirements for this designation often include passing scores on an exam.

Some of the largest schools to offer nursing programs are profiled below. All are approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. They've also received accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


Baton Rouge Community College

Located in Baton Rouge, this 2-year school offers an Associate of Science in Nursing program through its Division of Nursing and Allied Health. Aspiring RNs take 16 hours of prerequisite courses in addition to five semesters worth of coursework in such topics as developmental psychology, adult and mental health nursing, maternal nursing and statistics. Licensed practical nurses (LPN) can receive advanced standing in the program provided they have sufficient work experience.

  • Program Offered: Associate of Science in Nursing
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2011-2012): $2,832 in-state; $6,120 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; midsize city

Delgado Community College

At the largest community college in the state, this New Orleans institution offers an RN associate degree as well as a practical nursing technical diploma. Students in either program can take advantage of the patient simulator labs and video classrooms housed in this school's 200,000 square foot Nursing Education Building. Those pursuing the nursing associate degree are required to complete 72 credit hours of coursework covering basic patient care and assessment techniques as well as methods for caring for children and older adults. A 3-credit-hour practicum is also included in the curriculum.

  • Program Offered: Associate of Science in Registered Nursing
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2011-2012): $3,300 in-state; $6,858 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; large city

Grambling State University

Grambling State's School of Nursing is located in the small town of Grambling. Students interested in its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program take three semesters of pre-nursing coursework, followed by two and a half years of professional instruction that includes practicums and clinical rotations in such settings as women's health, community and surgical nursing facilities. Licensed RNs can complete this curriculum in two semesters once general education requirements have been fulfilled. Master's degree programs are also available to aspiring nurse educators and family nurse practitioners.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
    Master of Science in Nursing
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2011-2012): $4,886 in-state; $12,099 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; rural

Louisiana Tech University

Situated in the town of Ruston, Louisiana Tech offers a nursing associate degree program that can be completed in two years of full-time study. Curriculum includes topics in maternal, adult and mental health nursing. Students also complete a practicum during the last semester of study. An additional, accelerated continuing education program is available to LPNs.

  • Program Offered: Associate of Science in Nursing
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2011-2012): $5,896 in-state; $13,021 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; distant town

McNeese State University

Lake Charles' McNeese State University offers nursing associate and bachelor's degree programs to first-time students as well as LPNs. This school is also a member of the Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing (ICMSN), which allows students enrolled in its graduate degree programs to take advantage of resources at cooperating schools. Specialization areas are available in family nursing and family psychiatric/mental health nursing. Students can also prepare to work as nurse educators or fulfill executive nursing roles. All nursing students at McNeese State complete clinical experiences at its College of Nursing Community Health Care Center.

  • Programs Offered: Associate of Science in Nursing,
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
    Master of Science in Nursing
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2011-2012): $4,383 in-state; $13,205 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; small city

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

While Northwestern State University's main campus is located in Natchitoches, its College of Nursing can be found about an hour north in Shreveport. In 2011, almost 400 students earned one its undergraduate or graduate nursing degrees. Available program options include associate and bachelor's degrees for aspiring RNs. The school also offers nursing master's degrees to students who would like to work as advanced practice nurses, clinical nurse specialists, nurse administrators or nurse educators.

  • Programs Offered: Associate of Science in Nursing,
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
    Master of Science in Nursing
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2011-2012): $5,049 in-state; $13,619 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; remote town

Southeastern Louisiana University

Located in Hammond, Southeastern Louisiana University's School of Nursing offers as many as 16 nursing scholarships and opportunities to participate in up to three student nursing organizations. Its bachelor's degree program features options for LPNs, RNs and first-time students as well as those who've already earned a bachelor's degree in another field. As part of the ICMSN, it also offers master's degree programs to prospective family nurse practitioners, family psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioners and nurse executives. A Doctor of Nursing Practice might also be of interest to master's degree program graduates who'd like to take on additional mentorship or administrative roles as advanced practice nurses.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
    Master of Science in Nursing,
    Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2011-2012): $4,604 in-state; $14,109 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; distant town

Southern University and A&M College

Southern University and A&M College is located in Baton Rouge. In 2012, its School of Nursing was designated as the Nursing School of the Year by the Louisiana Nursing Foundation and the Louisiana State Nurses Association. Students in its nursing bachelor's and master's degree programs can hone their clinical skills by training in the Human Simulation Lab or offering services to underserved communities in the Family Health Care Center. Doctoral students have additional resources available through the Office of Nursing Research.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
    Master of Science in Nursing,
    Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2011-2012): $5,074 in-state; $11,612 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; midsize city

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The University of Louisiana's Lafayette campus offers a nursing bachelor's degree program, post-master's certificates for aspiring family nurse practitioners and continuing education courses for nurses who'd like to renew their credentials. As a member of the ICMSN, the university also offers master's degree programs with nurse executive, family nurse practitioner and family psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner specializations. A Doctor of Nursing Practice is available as well. Students in this program complete coursework online and supervised practicums on-site. All University of Louisiana at Lafayette nursing students can join the school's chapter of the national nursing honor society and get hands-on experience in the pediatric simulation and clinical care laboratories.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
    Master of Science in Nursing,
    Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2011-2012): $4,864 in-state; $13,486 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; midsize city

University of Louisiana at Monroe

This University of Louisiana campus is located in Monroe and offers accelerated LPN and RN to BSN programs. Stand-alone nursing bachelor's degree programs are also available. First-time students interested in earning this BSN must take a pre-nursing curriculum that includes three semesters of prerequisite and introductory coursework in areas like chemistry, biology and psychology. Core coursework explores topics in health intervention strategies, health assessment techniques and methods for nursing children, expectant mothers and adults. A series of clinical practicums are required as well.

  • Program Offered: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2011-2012): $5,101 in-state; $13,047 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; small city

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Nursing Degree Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2011-2012)
Baton Rouge Community College 2-year, public; midsize city Associate of Science in Nursing $2,832 in-state;
$6,120 out-of-state*
Delgado Community College 2-year, public; large city Associate of Science in Registered Nursing $3,300 in-state;
$6,858 out-of-state*
Grambling State University 4-year, public; rural Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
Master of Science in Nursing
$4,886 in-state;
$12,099 out-of-state*
Louisiana Tech University 4-year, public; distant town Associate of Science in Nursing $5,896 in-state;
$13,021 out-of-state*
McNeese State University 4-year, public; small city Associate of Science in Nursing,
Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
Master of Science in Nursing
$4,383 in-state;
$13,205 out-of-state*
Northwestern State University of Louisiana 4-year, public; remote town Associate of Science in Nursing,
Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
Master of Science in Nursing
$5,049 in-state;
$13,619 out-of-state*
Southeastern Louisiana University 4-year, public; distant town Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
Master of Science in Nursing,
Doctor of Nursing Practice
$4,604 in-state;
$14,109 out-of-state*
Southern University and A&M College 4-year, public; midsize city Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
Master of Science in Nursing,
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
$5,074 in-state;
$11,612 out-of-state*
University of Louisiana at Lafayette 4-year, public; midsize city Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
Master of Science in Nursing,
Doctor of Nursing Practice
$4,864 in-state;
$13,486 out-of-state*
University of Louisiana at Monroe 4-year, public; small city Bachelor of Science in Nursing $5,101 in-state;
$13,047 out-of-state*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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