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Nursing Schools in Louisiana

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Current and college-bound students are able to efficiently perform research on the best nursing schools in Louisiana by using our proprietary search tools or by visiting the college profiles below. As information from accredited colleges is requested, bear in mind the degree options, best nursing careers, learning modalities, and school programs in Louisiana that fit you best. You will find a broad selection of nursing degree programs on our portal that include undergraduate degrees (LPN to BSN, ADN, BSN, Second Degree BSN), graduate degrees (MSN, PhD, DNSc), and various certificate programs (graduate and undergraduate). Given the expansive degree programs to choose from, it is worth noting that the options include niche degrees like psychiatric mental health nurse and nursing administration. Students able to successfully navigate the academic demands of a nursing degree program must pass the NCLEX and then apply for a nursing license from the Louisiana state board of nursing. Explore the nursing degrees, schools, and career paths with our nursing page to find your perfect college match with the right information.

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Top Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Programs in Louisiana By Number of Graduates

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) programs usually take 9 - 12 months to complete and you would have to pass a licensing exam prior to being licensed in the state. Schools listed below are sorted by the number of LPN program students enrolled.

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Louisiana Technical College - Alexandria Campus Alexandria, LA LPN
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South Louisiana Community College Lafayette, LA LPN solacc.edu
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Delta College of Arts & Technology Baton Rouge, LA LPN deltacollege.com
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Northwest Louisiana Technical College Minden, LA LPN
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Northshore Technical Community College - Sullivan Bogalusa, LA LPN northshorecollege.edu
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Sowela Technical Community College Lake Charles, LA LPN sowela.edu
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Acadian Campus - Baton Rouge Community College Baton Rouge, LA LPN mybrcc.edu
Delgado Community College New Orleans, LA LPN
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Nunez Community College Chalmette, LA LPN nunez.edu
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South Central Louisiana Technical College - Young Memorial Campus Morgan City, LA LPN scl.edu
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Delta College Inc Covington, LA LPN deltacollege.com
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Compass Career College Hammond, LA LPN
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L E Fletcher Technical Community College Schriever, LA LPN fletcher.edu
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Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Baton Rouge, LA LPN franu.edu
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River Parishes Community College Gonzales, LA LPN rpcc.edu
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Top Associate Level Registered Nurse (RN) Programs in Louisiana By Number of Graduates

The minimum degree requirement to become a Registered Nurse is to obtain an Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) or Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree, which usually takes about 2 years to complete. You would also have to pass the NCLEX-RN exam prior to being state licensed. Schools listed below are sorted by the number of students enrolled in the program.

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Delgado Community College New Orleans, LA ADN-RN
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Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches, LA ADN-RN nsula.edu
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Bossier Parish Community College Bossier City, LA ADN-RN bpcc.edu
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Louisiana State University - Alexandria Alexandria, LA ADN-RN
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Baton Rouge Community College Baton Rouge, LA ADN-RN
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Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA ADN-RN latech.edu
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Louisiana State University - Eunice Eunice, LA ADN-RN
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Southern University at Shreveport Shreveport, LA ADN-RN
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L E Fletcher Technical Community College Schriever, LA ADN-RN fletcher.edu
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McNeese State University Lake Charles, LA ADN-RN mcneese.edu
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Baton Rouge General Medical Center - School of Nursing Baton Rouge, LA ADN-RN brgeneral.org
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Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Baton Rouge, LA ADN-RN franu.edu
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South Louisiana Community College Lafayette, LA ADN-RN solacc.edu
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Top Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Programs in Louisiana By Number of Graduates

See the top schools offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. A BSN program usually takes 4 years to complete, and a licensing exam (NCLEX) is also required. Some of these schools may also offer a RN to BSN bridge programs. The top 10 schools listed below are sorted by the number of students enrolled in their BSN program.

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University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, LA BSN louisiana.edu
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Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans New Orleans, LA BSN lsuhsc.edu
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Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Baton Rouge, LA BSN franu.edu
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Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches, LA BSN nsula.edu
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Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond, LA BSN southeastern.edu
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McNeese State University Lake Charles, LA BSN mcneese.edu
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Nicholls State University Thibodaux, LA BSN nicholls.edu
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Southern University and A&M College Baton Rouge, LA BSN
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University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, LA BSN
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University of Holy Cross New Orleans, LA BSN
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Dillard University New Orleans, LA BSN dillard.edu
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Louisiana College Pineville, LA BSN lacollege.edu
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Grambling State University Grambling, LA BSN
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Louisiana State University - Alexandria Alexandria, LA BSN
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Loyola University - New Orleans New Orleans, LA BSN
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Top Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Programs in Louisiana By Number of Graduates

Getting your Master of Science in Nursing will take about 5-7 years from start to finish. You would still need to take a exam prior to being fully licensed to practice in the state. The schools listed below are sorted by the number of students enrolled in their Master's program.

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Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches, LA MSN nsula.edu
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McNeese State University Lake Charles, LA MSN mcneese.edu
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Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond, LA MSN southeastern.edu
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University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, LA MSN louisiana.edu
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Grambling State University Grambling, LA MSN
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Nicholls State University Thibodaux, LA MSN nicholls.edu
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Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Baton Rouge, LA MSN franu.edu
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University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, LA MSN
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Registered Nurses in Louisiana can make a salary between $43,000 to $84,000 per year. The list below shows registered nurse salaries in areas throughout Louisiana.

  • New Orleans, Metairie: $73,000
  • Baton Rouge: $60,000
  • Shreveport, Bossier City: $61,000
  • Lafayette: $59,000
  • Alexandria: $62,000

Nurse's in Louisiana Compared to Median Income Averages

+97% Above State Median Income

+71% Above National Median Income

Nurse's in Louisiana take home an average 30.47 per hour. Annual earnings for Nurse's working in the State of Louisiana average $63,370 which is 97% above the state median income and 71% above the national median income for all occupations. Employment for a Nurse makes up just 0.09% of the working population in Louisiana and is limited due to the specific qualifications required along with the schooling involved in this career path. The increasing demand for qualified Nurses coupled with the educational barrier to enter the field is met with a steady supply of eager college graduates anxious to make a long-lasting impact in the lives of others in and around Louisiana.

Average Income for a Nurse in Louisiana

Employment Median Hourly Wage Median Annual Wage
Louisiana Nurse 44,780 $30.47 $63,370
State Average 1,974,400 $15.43 $32,094.40
National Average 153,156,000 $17.82 $37,040
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
MEDIAN: $30.47
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, NCES, O*NET Online

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Graduate data is from the 2013-2014 school year.
IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.