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Choosing to become a registered nurse (RN) can be a stepping stone to a number of other careers in healthcare. If you continue your education by pursuing a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree, you could move into a role in nursing administration, education, or gain expertise in a number of specialty fields. Nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, and nurse anesthetist are three of the most common specialty roles assumed by MSN degree-holders. These roles are described in greater detail below.

Nurse practitioner (NP)
Nurse practitioners are qualified to take on many of the same tasks and provide the same services as physicians, and are entrusted with a very high level of responsibility on the job. In the healthcare system today, it is often difficult and more costly to see a doctor, so many patients are deciding to be seen by nurse practitioners instead for routine visits. Patients are reportedly highly satisfied with the primary care they receive from NPs, and this is a role that is only becoming more important in healthcare over time. Nurse practitioners in the state of Louisiana make approximately $91,700 per year.

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Nurse midwife
Nurse midwives help with pregnancies and deliveries. They also perform physical exams and provide gynecological care.

Certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA)
Certified registered nurse anesthetists collaborate with anesthesiologists, surgeons, and other medical professionals in order to provide anesthesia for medical procedures. In rural and underserved areas, they are often the primary providers of anesthesia. CRNAs are responsible for the care of patients before, during, and after medical procedures. In the state of Louisiana, nurse anesthetists make approximately $143,000 per year, making this an extremely lucrative specialty.

In addition to the jobs mentioned above, there are a number of other specializations available to nurses with advanced degrees. In Louisiana, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is one of the top employers of nurses with advanced degrees.

Below you can find a comprehensive list of accredited nursing schools offering master of science in nursing programs in Louisiana.

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Baton Rouge

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University
7434 Perkins Road | Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Southern University and A&M College
801 Harding Boulevard | Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70807
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University 7434 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Southern University and A&M College 801 Harding Boulevard
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70807
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Lafayette

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
104 University Circle | Lafayette, Louisiana 70503
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
University of Louisiana at Lafayette 104 University Circle
Lafayette, Louisiana 70503
  • Master of Science in Nursing

New Orleans metro area

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
433 Bolivar Street | New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Loyola University New Orleans
6363 Saint Charles Avenue | New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center 433 Bolivar Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Loyola University New Orleans 6363 Saint Charles Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Shreveport

Northwestern State University of Louisiana
1800 Line Avenue | Shreveport, Louisiana 71101
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Northwestern State University of Louisiana 1800 Line Avenue
Shreveport, Louisiana 71101
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Other Louisiana cities

Grambling State University
403 Main Street | Grambling, Louisiana 71245
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
McNeese State University
4205 Ryan Street | Lake Charles, Louisiana 70605
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Nicholls State University
906 East First Street | Thibodaux, Louisiana 70310
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Southeastern Louisiana University
548 Ned McGehee Avenue | Hammond, Louisiana 70402
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Grambling State University 403 Main Street
Grambling, Louisiana 71245
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
McNeese State University 4205 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70605
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Nicholls State University 906 East First Street
Thibodaux, Louisiana 70310
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Southeastern Louisiana University 548 Ned McGehee Avenue
Hammond, Louisiana 70402
  • Master of Science in Nursing