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In Louisiana and across the country, nurses play an extremely important role in providing care for patients, taking on many of the responsibilities traditionally entrusted to doctors. With the challenges presented by an aging population, growing numbers of lifestyle diseases, and an expanding healthcare system, the medical community is relying more and more on nurses every day. In Baton Rouge, there is a demand for nurses at all levels. Below, you can read about the main types of nurses in greater detail.

Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
Certified nursing assistants provide the most basic level of care, aiding patients with everyday essentials such as bathing, getting dressed, and eating. CNAs assist licensed practical nurses and registered nurses with medical tasks, taking vital signs, and monitoring symptoms. CNA programs are offered at community colleges and vocational schools, and can be completed in a matter of weeks, making this the quickest and most affordable way to begin a career in healthcare. In Baton Rouge, certified nursing assistants generally earn around $20,600 per year.

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Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
Licensed practical nurses provide a more advanced level of care and are given more responsibilities. They report to doctors and registered nurses to provide for their patients’ overall well-being, monitoring symptoms, administering medications, and reporting any changes in a patient’s health or wellness. Like CNA programs, LPN programs are offered at community colleges and vocational schools. They typically take between 12 and 18 months to complete. In Baton Rouge, licensed practical nurses can expect to earn around $37,300 per year.

Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurses provide a high level of medical care, helping doctors to manage their crowded schedules and managing a team of other nurses and medical support staff. RNs help to plan, implement, and assess all levels of patient care. There are two educational options for RNs: a two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. The associate’s degree program is a faster path to a nursing career. That said, the bachelor’s degree program gives nurses a more intensive training, an edge on the job market, and usually correlates with higher wages. In Baton Rouge, registered nurses can expect to earn around $63,100 per year.

Baton Rouge is home to Our Lady of the Lake College, Baton Rouge Medical Center, and many other nursing schools and facilities. If you’re interested in finding out about these and other nursing schools in the Baton Rouge area, take a look at the list of programs below.

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Baton Rouge nursing schools by NCLEX score

Baton Rouge Community College
201 Community College Drive | Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 99.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Baton Rouge General Medical Center
3616 North Boulevard | Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806
  • Diploma in Nursing: 97.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Southern University and A&M College
801 Harding Boulevard | Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70807
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
Baton Rouge Community College - Acadian
3250 North Acadian Thruway East | Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70805
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Baton Rouge Community College - Westside
25250 Tenant Road | Plaquemine, Louisiana 70764
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Delta College - Baton Rouge
7380 Exchange Place | Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University
7434 Perkins Road | Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Northshore Technical Community College - Florida Parishes
948 Highway 1042 | Greensburg, Louisiana 70441
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
River Parishes Community College
7384 John Leblanc Boulevard | Sorrento, Louisiana 70778
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Baton Rouge Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 99.3% 2009 to 2012
Baton Rouge General Medical Center Diploma in Nursing 97.6% 2008 to 2012
Southern University and A&M College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.5% 2008 to 2012
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
Baton Rouge Community College - Acadian Certificate in Practical Nursing
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Baton Rouge Community College - Westside Certificate in Practical Nursing
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Delta College - Baton Rouge Certificate in Practical Nursing
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing
DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
Doctor of Nursing Practice
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nursing Administration
Master of Science in Nursing
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Northshore Technical Community College - Florida Parishes Certificate in Practical Nursing
Nursing Assistant Certificate
River Parishes Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing
Nursing Assistant Certificate