Louisiana RN Programs

Complete list of schools that offer state-approved registered nursing programs in Louisiana

How to Become a Registered Nurse in Louisiana

If you are thinking of becoming a registered nurse (RN) in Louisiana, there are some things you should think about before beginning your journey towards becoming a nurse. Nursing is a noble cause and the job benefits a lot of people in their time of nees, but beside helping people, RN’s enjoy excellent employment options and very competitive salaries and benefits packages. If you want to become a registered nurse, here are some important things to consider.


The most popular nursing degree is the BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing), but it is also the longest route to take. A BSN program will teach you everything you need to know so that you can become a very knowledgeable nurse who can handle the sometimes stressful situations that go along with being a nurse. A BSN degree requires 4 years of schooling in which you will have your time split between classroom training and hands-on clinical practice and training. When you graduate from a BSN program you will be well-equipped for any entry-level nursing job.

The other type of degree program to become a registered nurse is an ADN program. An Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) program usually takes about 2 years to complete, and this program also includes both classroom training and training in a clinical environment. This program moves at a faster pace than the BSN program, but you won’t necessarily receive the same extent of in-depth knowledge that you would from a four year BSN program. Many nurses who complete their ADN degree often go back to school to achieve their Bachelor’s degree, but the ADN program still satisfies the minimum education requirements for becoming a registered nurse.

Lastly, there is the hospital-based diploma program. These programs are administered within hospitals and medical clinics instead of colleges and universities. When a nurse in training receives their diploma from a qualified hospital program they are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam. This type of program still involves rigorous training in which students learn a lot, and takes about 2-3 years to complete. If you wish to pursue a higher level of nursing education after completing a diploma program you can find many RN to BSN programs that allow you to earn your Bachelor’s Degree while awarding credits for work already completed through your diploma program.

After you have completed your actual nursing training, you are not quite out of the woods yet. You will need to take a nursing license test (NCLEX-RN) to obtain your RN certificate from the state of Louisiana before you can officially work as a nurse. If you think you have what it takes to enter a field that always has great job outlook and strong job security you should consider a career as a registered nurse.



Louisiana Associates Degree RN Programs

Baton Rouge Community College

201 Community College Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
225-216-8044

Bossier Parish Community College

6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA 71111
318-678-6267

Delgado Community College / Charity School of Nursing

450 South Claiborne Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112
504-568-6411

Fletcher Technical Community College

310 St. Charles Street P.O. Box 5033
Houma, LA 70360
985-876-8900

LSU at Alexandria

8100 Highway 71
South Alexandria, LA 71302
318-473-6458

LSU at Eunice

P.O. Box 1129
Eunice, LA 70535
337-457-7311

Louisiana Delta Community College

7500 Millhaven Road
Monroe, LA 71203
318-345-9174

Louisiana Tech University

P.O. Box 3152
Ruston, LA 71272
318-257-3101

McNeese State University

P.O. Box 90415
Lake Charles, LA 70609
337-475-5820

Northwestern State University

1800 Line Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71101
318-677-3100

Our Lady of the Lake College

7500 Hennessy Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
225-768-1700

Southern University at Shreveport

Metro Center-610
Texas St., Ste. 500D
Shreveport, LA 71101
318-670-6641



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Accredited Louisiana RN Schools

See our complete list of qualified RN nursing education programs in the state of Louisiana. The schools listed here offer pre-licensure nursing programs that meet the registered nursing education requirements set forth by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. The two most common types of RN programs are: two-year Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) and four-year Bachelor Degree in Nursing (BSN). Some states still approve hospital-based diploma nursing programs, although these programs do not result in a degree upon completion. Although the schools listed on this page are accredited by the Louisiana Board of Nursing and approved by the state of Louisiana, they might not be accredited by national organizations such as the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Individuals should check to see if the state-approved nursing school they are considering also enjoys national accreditation status if they are seeking a school with both accreditations.

Louisiana RN Diploma Programs

Baton Rouge General Medical Center

School of Nursing
3616 North Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
225-387-7623

Bachelor Degree RN Programs in Louisiana

Dillard University

2601 Gentilly Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70122
504-816-4717

Grambling State University

Box 4272
Grambling, LA 71245
318-274-2672

Louisiana College

1140 College Drive – Box 556
Pineville, LA 71359
318-487-7127

LSU Health Sciences Center

1900 Gravier
New Orleans, LA 70112
504-568-4180

McNeese State University

P.O. Box 90415
Lake Charles, LA 70609
337-475-5820

Nicholls State University

University Station – Box 2143
Thibodaux, LA 70310
985-448-4696

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

1800 Line Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71101
318-677-3100

Our Lady of Holy Cross College

4123 Woodland Drive
New Orleans, LA 70131
504-398-2213

Southeastern Louisiana University

SLU 10781
Hammond, LA 70402
985-549-3772

Southern University

School of Nursing
P.O. Box 11794
Baton Rouge, LA 70813
225-771-2166

University of Louisiana Lafayette

P.O. Box 43810
Lafayette, LA 70504
337-482-6808

University of Louisiana Monroe

700 University Avenue
Monroe, LA 71209
318-342-1640

William Carey University New Orleans Campus

School of Nursing N.O.B.T.S.
3939 Gentilly Blvd., Box 308
New Orleans, LA 70126
504-286-3275


Louisiana RN Resources

Louisiana Board of Nursing
Louisiana School Nurses Organization
NANDA International – Nursing Diagnosis Home Page
Louisiana Association of Student Nurses
Louisiana College Scholarships
2010-2011 Registered Nurses Occupational Outlook

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