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When researching nursing schools to find the best fit, one factor to consider is the overall size of the student body. Some students feel more comfortable with a focus on the individual that the small classrooms of private and community colleges often afford. Others may thrive in larger lecture hall environments that are often found at public universities.

Larger universities not only have a greater number of students, but they typically have more course offerings than smaller colleges. Louisiana State University has the widest variety of nursing programs in the state. In fact, LSU offers a Health Sciences Center comprised of master's and doctorate degree students in various specialties, from nursing education to adult health nursing.

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The average salary for most nursing professions in Louisiana is lower compared to most other states in the US, except for the position of nurse anesthetist. These specialists, of which there are only 810 in the state, can earn as much as $165,000 annually. LSU and Our Lady of the Lake College are the two universities in Louisiana that offer a master’s in nurse anesthetist degree. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, a school with a student body just over half the size of LSU’s, offers a master’s degree in registered nursing.

To ensure that you make the most informed decision when considering how to start your nursing career, below is a listing of the best nursing schools in Louisiana, from largest student body to smallest.

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Baton Rouge

Southern University and A&M College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88 students during the 2012 period
Baton Rouge Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 46 students during the 2012 period
Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Diploma in Nursing: 30 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Southern University and A&M College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88 students
Baton Rouge Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 46 students
Baton Rouge General Medical Center Diploma in Nursing 30 students

Lafayette

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 127 students during the 2012 period
Louisiana State University at Eunice
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 63 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Bachelor of Science in Nursing 127 students
Louisiana State University at Eunice Associate's Degree in Nursing 63 students

New Orleans metro area

Delgado Community College, Charity School of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 226 students during the 2012 period
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 210 students during the 2012 period
University of Holy Cross
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 45 students during the 2012 period
Dillard University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 18 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Delgado Community College, Charity School of Nursing Associate's Degree in Nursing 226 students
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Bachelor of Science in Nursing 210 students
University of Holy Cross Bachelor of Science in Nursing 45 students
Dillard University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 18 students

Shreveport

Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 128 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 113 students during the 2012 period
Southern University at Shreveport
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83 students during the 2012 period
Bossier Parish Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 18 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Northwestern State University of Louisiana Bachelor of Science in Nursing 128 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 113 students
Southern University at Shreveport Associate's Degree in Nursing 83 students
Bossier Parish Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 18 students

Other Louisiana cities

Southeastern Louisiana University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 159 students during the 2012 period
McNeese State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 119 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 28 students during the 2012 period
Grambling State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 99 students during the 2012 period
Nicholls State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93 students during the 2012 period
University of Louisiana at Monroe
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 77 students during the 2012 period
Louisiana Tech University
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 70 students during the 2012 period
Louisiana State University of Alexandria
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 49 students during the 2012 period
Louisiana College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 28 students during the 2012 period
L. E. Fletcher Technical Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 26 students during the 2012 period
Louisiana Delta Community College - Monroe
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 18 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Southeastern Louisiana University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 159 students
McNeese State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 119 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 28 students
Grambling State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 99 students
Nicholls State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93 students
University of Louisiana at Monroe Bachelor of Science in Nursing 77 students
Louisiana Tech University Associate's Degree in Nursing 70 students
Louisiana State University of Alexandria Associate's Degree in Nursing 49 students
Louisiana College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 28 students
L. E. Fletcher Technical Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 26 students
Louisiana Delta Community College - Monroe Associate's Degree in Nursing 18 students