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.
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- Transfer up to 90 credits toward the BSN, with a minimum of 30 credits completed at SNHU
- Complete your undergraduate degree at your own pace, over six 9-week terms per year
- Accelerated learning. Earn your BSN in as little as one year.
- Increase your earning potential. RNs with BSNs earn 43% more than those without a bachelor's degree according to the Nurses Journal.
- Free iPad. All students receive an iPad to access classes from anywhere.
- Learn from a top nursing school. Sacred Heart University is recognized by U.S. News as a top university.
- Build upon existing education. You can transfer up to 90 credits from previous college courses.
- Get support on your schedule. Sacred Heart's classes are designed for working RNs and provide one-on-one support to online students.
- Ultimate flexibility. Capella's signature FLEXPATH curriculum lets you learn at your pace, maintain a full-time job and apply knowledge in the field immediately.
- Simple, affordable tuition. You can earn your MSN in as little as 12 to 18 months and pay a flat tuition rate every 12 weeks, no matter how many classes you take.
- Personalized support. Capella focuses on student success with FlexPath coaches, instructors and tutors every step of the way.
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.
$ 609 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Campus|| 2601 Gentilly Blvd |
New Orleans, LA 70122
Grambling State University
$ 185 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Hybrid|| 403 Main Street |
Grambling, LA 71245
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
$ 254 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Hybrid|| 433 Bolivar St |
New Orleans, LA 70112-2223
Loyola University New Orleans
$ 920 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Online|| 6363 Saint Charles Ave |
New Orleans, LA 70118-6143
McNeese State University
$ 367 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Online|| 4205 Ryan St |
Lake Charles, LA 70605
Nicholls State University
$ 275 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Hybrid|| University Station La Hwy 1 |
Thibodaux, LA 70310
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
$ 293 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Hybrid|| University Parkway |
Natchitoches, LA 71497
Our Lady of Holy Cross College
$ 283 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Online|| 4123 Woodland Drive |
New Orleans, LA 70131-7399
Our Lady of the Lake College
$ 300 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Online|| 5414 Brittany Dr |
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Southeastern Louisiana University
$ 192 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Hybrid|| 548 Ned McGehee Ave. |
Hammond, LA 70402
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
$ 317 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Online|| 104 University Circle |
Lafayette, LA 70503
University of Louisiana at Monroe
$ 197 per credit hour
| ||School Website||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.
- Practice & Care
- Interprofessional Care
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.
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.
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.
Louisiana Center for Nursing
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 is not part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). An Louisiana nursing license is only valid within Louisiana.
Nursing Employment Outlook
Nursing Supply and Demand Projections
What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities
Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70810
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Baton Rouge, LA 70816
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Baton Rouge, LA 70802