Get Into Nursing in Louisiana

Explore Campus and Distance Degrees for Nurses

You'll find very few places, if any, in the United States where nursing jobs do not sit vacant. The need is great and job security is better than ever, particularly for licensed RNs. But in Louisiana you'll find a greater urgency. The state still reels from the Katrina disaster. Charity Hospital, which had previously been the largest in the state, is relatively non-existent and when residents made their mass exodus from the area pre- or post-Katrina, many never returned.

Nursing Needs in Louisiana

If you're looking to join the nursing profession, you're right on target and Louisiana is fertile ground. The Louisiana State Board of Nursing continues to annually publish a state nursing supply and demand report. Currently the biggest push is on for nurse educators, whose numbers have dropped way off since 2005 and nursing schools may apply for grant money when they prove "creative" ways to attract nurse educator students. Without nurses educators there are no new nursing students.

Panorama of New Orleans Skyline.

You'll find a variety of colleges and universities and among those an impressive assortment of nursing degrees. Some entry-level programs like practical nurse and Associates degrees are fast-tracks to patient bedsides with the Associates the lead in to an RN license. Both offer plenty of options for building upon. Bachelor degrees open up additional career opportunities with higher wages.

Where You Can Work and What You Can Earn in the Bayou State

While the outlook is a bit bleaker in Louisiana than in other states there are over 110 hospitals (1) across the state. These remain the leading employer for nurses, but don't overlook the other types of facilities that employ nurses-nursing homes, home care, outpatient and specialty clinics, doctors' offices, schools and large businesses.

Annual salary for a staff RN in New Orleans is a few thousand dollars higher than in many other states, simply because the demand and need are immediate: between $56,000 and $68,000.(2) But this salary depends on a few factors including education, experience, specialization, and zip code.

Search the lists below for campus-based AND distance programs offered in the state.

Visit the Louisiana State Board of Nursing for more information on state licensure and nurses working within the state.

Louisiana Colleges and Universities that Offer Online Nursing Degrees

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Loyola University — New Orleans
City College/Department of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

University of Phoenix
CCNE Accredited

Search our big list of online nursing schools for many more distance education opportunities for new and experienced nurses.

Campus-based Nursing Schools in Louisiana

Baton Rouge General Medical Center — Baton Rouge
School of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

NLNAC Accredited Delgado Community College — New Orleans
Charity School of Nursing

Delta College — Baton Rouge

Dillard University — New Orleans
Division of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Grambling State University — Grambling
School of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing — Lafayette
NLNAC Accredited

Louisiana College — Pineville
Rife and Carolyn Saunders Division of Nursing
CCNE Accredited

Louisiana State University — Alexandria
Division of Nursing and Health Sciences
CCNE, NLNAC Accredited

Louisiana Tech University — Ruston
Division of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Loyola University — New Orleans
City College/Department of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

McNeese State University — Lake Charles
College of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Nicholls State University — Thibodaux
Department of Nursing/College of Life Sciences and Technology
CCNE, NLNAC Accredited

Northwestern State University of Louisiana — Shreveport
College of Nursing
CCNE, NLNAC Accredited

Our Lady of Holy Cross College — New Orleans
Division of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Our Lady of the Lake College — Baton Rouge
Division of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Southeastern Louisiana University — Hammond
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
CCNE, NLNAC Accredited

Southern University and A&M College — Baton Rouge
School of Nursing
CCNE, NLNAC Accredited

University of Louisiana — Monroe
College of Nursing
CCNE Accredited

University of Louisiana — Lafayette
College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions
NLNAC Accredited

University of Phoenix
CCNE Accredited

William Carey College — New Orleans
NLNAC Accredited

1 American Hospital Directory
2 Salary.com

 

 

 

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