RN to BSN in Louisiana

Nursing in Louisiana is a growing field, pushed by the increasing demand for healthcare from retiring baby boomers. While there are currently about 40,000 registered nurses in Louisiana, many of them are aging and are expected to leave the workforce soon. A recent report from the Louisiana Center for Nursing notes that 55% of nurses in the state were 51 or older in 2013-14. As a result, there are many opportunities for highly trained, educated nurses with baccalaureate degrees.

Salaries for nurses in Louisiana range from $20,000 to $145,000, depending on education level and license. The most lucrative opportunities can be found in New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, Baton Rouge and Shreveport-Bossier City. Below, you will find a list of all the accredited RN to BSN programs in the state to help you maximize your earnings and management potential.

RN-to-BSN Programs in Louisiana

Here we have compiled a comprehensive listing of Louisiana’s RN to BSN programs. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you quickly and easily narrow down your RN to BSN search. NCLEX-RN pass rates are as reported by the school.

Dillard University

$ 609 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Priority Spring Deadline: November 1
  • Priority Scholarship Deadline: December 1
  • The RN-BSN comprises 126 semester hours, including 60 hours of nursing credits.
  • Applicants must have a minimum 2.0, current professional liability and malpractice insurance and a current, unencumbered Louisiana RN license.
  • 38 hours may be transferred toward the core courses.
  • Each student develops a personal plan of study with a nursing advisor.
Campus 2601 Gentilly Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70122

Grambling State University

$ 185 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: June 1
  • Spring: Dec 1
  • Summer: May 1
  • Nurses must complete 70 nursing hours and 50 general education hours.
  • At least 30 hours must be taken at GSU.
  • Grambling State University School of Nursing is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.
Hybrid 403 Main Street
Grambling, LA 71245

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

$ 254 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: Dec 1
  • Fall: April 15
  • Applicants need a minimum 2.8 out of 4.0 grade point average and an at least 57 hours of prerequisite and supporting courses.
  • Classes meet monthly on Saturday and most coursework is online.
  • Students can complete the program in three semesters.
Hybrid 433 Bolivar St
New Orleans, LA 70112-2223

Loyola University New Orleans

$ 920 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Priority Notification: Dec 1
  • Regular Notification: Jan 15
  • Second Regular Notification: Feb 15
  • No lower division nursing courses are taught at Loyola. Graduation requires 121 semester hours
  • Nursing courses are offered in sixteen-week and/or seven-week sessions. Seven-week sessions usually comprise two classes.
  • Designed for busy working adults.
Online 6363 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118-6143

McNeese State University

$ 367 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Regular registration: Nov 6
  • Late registration: Jan 16
  • Applicants must receive unconditional acceptance to the University prior to the College of Nursing reviewing a nursing application.
  • Students must show current, unencumbered licensure by the completion of one semester.
  • 59 general education hours and 29 nursing hours are required.
Online 4205 Ryan St
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Nicholls State University

$ 275 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: Oct 15
  • Summer: Feb 15
  • Fall: May 15
  • Students must complete the first 35 hours of the BSN curriculum with a minimum of a “C” in each class and an overall GPA of at least 2.75.
  • Once admitted into the clinical component, students have six sequential semesters (Fall/Spring or Spring/Fall) to complete the degree requirements. Once admitted, the student must maintain a “C” average in all classes to progress.
  • To obtain and application, nurses must attend a Nursing Information Session (NIS).
Hybrid University Station La Hwy 1
Thibodaux, LA 70310

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

$ 293 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Not listed

  • This is the first program in Louisiana to be accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
  • The program integrates multiple academic viewpoints to teach students culturally competent care.
  • Research and collaboration are two major components of the degree.
Hybrid University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71497

Our Lady of Holy Cross College

$ 283 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Not listed

  • The typical 30-hour RN To BSN Online program cost $8,500.
  • All programs are personalized to the individual needs of nurses.
  • Read a student testimonial here.
Online 4123 Woodland Drive
New Orleans, LA 70131-7399

Our Lady of the Lake College

$ 300 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: Dec 1
  • Summer: May 1
  • Designed to produce workplace leaders and graduate students.
  • A full-time student can complete the required nursing courses in two semesters.
  • Option to pursue a master's degree as well.
Online 5414 Brittany Dr
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Southeastern Louisiana University

$ 192 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: July 15
  • Spring: Dec 1
  • Summer: May 1
  • To graduate, students need 120 total hours, including 31 Nursing hours at Southeastern.
  • The school also offers an LPN to BSN option.
Hybrid 548 Ned McGehee Ave.
Hammond, LA 70402

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

$ 317 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • The program concentrates on the application of theory to guide workplace decisions.
  • Transfer students must earn at least 30 credits from UL, which may require additional courses.
  • Collaboration and leadership are major components of the curriculum.
Online 104 University Circle
Lafayette, LA 70503

University of Louisiana at Monroe

$ 197 per credit hour

Application Deadlines


  • This school is accredited by CNEA and ACEN.
  • The program prepares nurses for workplace leadership or further graduate education.
  • View the full degree plan here.
Online 700 University Avenue
Monroe, LA 71209-0000

Please contact the RN to BSN program in Louisiana that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in Louisiana that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!

State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths

The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, Louisiana has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined below the ways in which Louisiana is actively progressing on this front.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data

What is being done to increase the number of Louisiana RN’s with a BSN?

The AC is working to promote seamless transitions across all levels of nursing education.

Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?

No specific plans announced.


What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?

The AC has formed a Leadership Workgroup to promote leadership in nursing.

Practice & Care

Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?

Not specific plans announced.

Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?

Yes. The AC is working to promote full scope of practice for all nurses. They are currently hosting forums on the issue.

Interprofessional Care

Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?



How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?

The AC is working with organizations, such as the American Assembly of Men in Nursing , and supports a Diversity and Engagement Workgroup.


What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?

In 2012, the Louisiana Center for Nursing and the Nursing Supply and Demand Council released the state’s first Nursing Workforce Demand Study.

Contact Info

Cynthia Bienemy

Louisiana Center for Nursing

Denise Bottcher

Associate State Director
AARP Louisiana State Office

Source: Campaign for Action

For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the Louisiana Action Coalition page.

Louisiana Licensing

Louisiana is not part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). An Louisiana nursing license is only valid within Louisiana.

licensure map

Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: "The Future of the Nursing Workforce," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information

Other State RNtoBSN Information