Louisiana Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

The following guide is designed to provide prospective nursing students with important information on the many nursing programs, including profiles of specific programs in Louisiana, offered in the state. Louisiana’s colleges and universities provide students with the opportunity to concentrate in such areas as psychiatric nurse practitioner, nursing educator, family nurse practitioner, nursing administration, and clinical nurse specialist. Sometimes, however, students need more flexibility than a traditional degree program affords. Online universities, such as the University of Phoenix, allow students flexibility in earning a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in nursing while students have the ability to complete clinical rotations close to home.

Louisiana School Facts:

  • 12 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 15 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 10 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • Highest graduation rate: Loyola University New Orleans 59%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate: Louisiana Tech University 30%.1
  • Highest net price: Loyola University New Orleans $24,431.1
  • Lowest net price: University of Louisiana Lafayette $5,891.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Louisiana with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $5,810 – $33,846.2
  • 1 school in US News Best Nursing Schools (2011) Top 100: Northwestern State University of Louisiana (99).

Continue reading below where you will find profiles of several of the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs available in Louisiana.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs in Louisiana

Louisiana State University, New Orleans
Students who want to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at Louisiana State University, New Orleans, must first complete all required general college coursework and prerequisites before applying to the nursing major. Nursing majors typically begin the nursing curriculum in the spring semester of the sophomore year with coursework throughout the next two and a half years focusing on pharmacology, adult health nursing, child health nursing, critical care nursing, and gerontology. Students must complete 120 credits, typically over four years, to fulfill degree requirements. Graduates of the program are qualified to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

Southeastern Louisiana University
Southeastern Louisiana University awards the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to students who successfully complete the four-year, 120 credit program. The first three semesters of the program are dedicated to completing general college coursework in English, math, science, and psychology with the remainder of the program dedicated to nursing core courses and electives. Clinical rotations are mandatory. Students generally complete clinical rotations at medical facilities within 60 miles of the college campus. Exceptional students may apply for the honors nursing program. Admission to the nursing major is extremely competitive and successful applicants typically have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 for all prerequisite courses.

Master’s in Nursing Programs in Louisiana

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Graduate students at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette may pursue the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) on a full-time or a part-time basis. The MSN requires the completion of between 34 and 49 credits depending on the concentration. Concentrations may be chosen from family nurse practitioner, family psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner, nurse educator, and nurse executive. Each concentration includes a mandatory thesis or a scholarly project, and nursing students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA to remain in the program. Successful applicants to the program must submit GRE scores, must hold a current registered nursing license, and must possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Northwestern State University of Louisiana’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program prepares graduates for advanced roles in nursing. Graduate students may choose from both clinical and non-clinical specializations. Clinical specializations focus on the nurse practitioner (family, adult-gerontology, primary care, or women’s health). Non-clinical specializations – nurse educator, nurse administration, or clinical nurse specialist – allow students to concentrate in adult gerontology clinical care nursing or maternal child. Students must complete between 39 and 42 credits depending on the specialization with both full and part-time study permitted. In addition to coursework within the specialization, students must also complete five core courses to fulfill degree requirements.

Reviews of Louisiana Nursing Programs

McNeese State University
4205 Ryan St
Lake Charles, LA 70605
(337) 475-5000

Getting my nursing degree was challenging yet very do-able. It has also proved extremely rewarding as I had no problems finding a job after graduating. I felt fortunate to be able to go right into a job feeling competent and ready to tackle problems at hand. I also was a division 1 athlete during college so it was a little more stressful than a few other’s experience but with good time management I stayed on top of my studies. We were held at a higher standard than other schools at the college and our grading curve was a bit more steep but it made me feel even more confident knowing I wasn’t just getting by, I was actively learning and felt on top of everything they were teaching in the classroom because of this.” – Student at McNeese State University

Our Lady of the Lake College
5414 Brittany Dr
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
(225) 768-1700

Our lady of the lake nursing school gave me the foundations to becoming a wonderful nurse. Nursing school was one of the most challenging experiences of my life, however; I think that overcoming challenges in life make a wonderful nurse. My nursing program was two years/4 semesters. now our Lady of the lake nursing programs offer a variety of times to complete the nursing program to meet the end of the individual needs of that person. For example you have the choice to finish in a year or take two years or take three years. I know that in my nursing school class, which was 15 years ago, we had all types of people. Single, married, children, no children, Rich, poor, and everything in between. If I would’ve had my choice at that time I would have paid the extra money to finish nursing school in a quicker timeframe with less breaks. In addition, clinical experience was not offered in the emergency room as part of the requirement. I think the emergency department would have been very beneficial clinical rotation to have in nursing school. No doubt the first semester was the worst semester however that’s when we had to learn the not so fun stuff. But as we progressed or knowledge and clinical skills over the years each class topics clinical skills became more interesting more intricate and more advanced. Our lady of the lake college did an amazing job at teaching me how to become a critical thinker. I remember having a tough time with the test they gave us trying to figure out the answer. But the school taught us how to become a critical thinker. No one can know everything about everything and there is no way that all the medical knowledge I have now could be squeezed into four semesters of nursing school that four semesters of nursing school. Our lady the lake gave me those tools and taught me the fundamentals and now I use that knowledge to apply to my current job. But now I have learned how to solve problems deductive reasoning to come up with the best solution is to generate the best outcomes.” – Student at Our Lady of the Lake College

University of Louisiana at Monroe
700 University Ave
Monroe, LA 71209
(318) 342-1000

I chose the online degree from University of Louisiana at Monroe so that I continue working and get my BSN at the same time. I felt like I received a lot of support from my adviser. She helped me to identify the missing prerequisites that I did not take when I got my ASN from the local community college. Instead of having to incur the extra expense of taking those classes in order to qualify for the online program, I was able to test out of those courses. Overall I found the experience more enjoyable than going to traditional campus classes. Even though the classes were online, my instructors were always quick to get back to me when I had questions or concerns. Many of the classes included mandatory participation in group discussion about that week’s lesson and I feel that I was able to comprehend more of the lesson materials and express myself better in writing. Many of the instructors worked in nursing and were able to provide legitimate experiences that related to the core content of the courses. I am very satisfied with my choice of the RN to BSN online program from ULM. They were affordable and knowledgeable.” – Student at University of Louisiana at Monroe

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=LA&sort=best