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Louisiana colleges have a wide selection of accredited nursing programs, offering opportunities from specialty degrees to a master’s degree in registered nursing. Many Louisiana universities offer bachelor's degrees in registered nursing, one of the most popular career paths in the state; there are more than 40,000 registered nurses (RNs) statewide, earning a median wage of $60,380 annually.

The field of registered nursing appeals to a wide range of prospective nurses: those who are new to nursing, those already working in the field, and those who are looking to move up the nursing career ladder. Registered nurses can enhance their careers by becoming advanced practice registered nurses in chosen specialties like nurse practitioner, family practice nursing, nurse anesthetist, and pediatric nursing. Salaries for each of these specialties vary widely. A nurse practitioner in Louisiana can make as much as $108,000 annually, while the salary for a nurse anesthetist can reach $165,690. Registered nurses may also pursue doctor’s degrees in nursing science and nursing practice.

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Not everyone is looking for extended schooling, however. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) in Louisiana earn approximately $37,000 a year. While salaries for LPNs are typically lower than those for RNs and advanced practice registered nurses, they can earn certification from accredited colleges within 12-18 months. Nursing assistant certificates can be earned in even less time, with salaries averaging around $20,000 per year.

Louisiana has a variety of programs to offer those interested in pursuing a nursing career. Here is a list of accredited programs in the state.

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Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Baton Rouge Community College - Acadian
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Baton Rouge Community College - Westside
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Baton Rouge General Medical Center
  • Diploma in Nursing
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
Southern University and A&M College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 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
School City Programs offered
Baton Rouge Community College Baton Rouge
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Baton Rouge Community College - Acadian Baton Rouge
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Baton Rouge Community College - Westside Plaquemine
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Baton Rouge General Medical Center Baton Rouge
  • Diploma in Nursing
Delta College - Baton Rouge Baton Rouge
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Baton Rouge
  • 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 Greensburg
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
River Parishes Community College Sorrento
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southern University and A&M College Baton Rouge
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 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

Lafayette

Delta College - Lafayette
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Louisiana State University at Eunice
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
South Louisiana Community College - Acadian
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Louisiana Community College - Evangeline
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Louisiana Community College - Gulf Area
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Louisiana Community College - Lafayette
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Delta College - Lafayette Lafayette
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Louisiana State University at Eunice Eunice
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
South Louisiana Community College - Acadian Crowley
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Louisiana Community College - Evangeline Saint Martinville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Louisiana Community College - Gulf Area Abbeville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Louisiana Community College - Lafayette Lafayette
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

New Orleans metro area

A & W Healthcare Educators
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Delgado Community College, Charity School of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Delta College - Covington
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Delta College - Slidell
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Dillard University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Dryades YMCA School of Commerce
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Herzing University - New Orleans
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Science
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Loyola University New Orleans
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Nunez Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Central Louisiana Technical College - River Parishes
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Holy Cross
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
A & W Healthcare Educators New Orleans
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Delgado Community College, Charity School of Nursing New Orleans
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Delta College - Covington Covington
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Delta College - Slidell Slidell
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Dillard University New Orleans
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Dryades YMCA School of Commerce New Orleans
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Herzing University - New Orleans Kenner
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Science
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Loyola University New Orleans New Orleans
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Nunez Community College Chalmette
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Central Louisiana Technical College - River Parishes Reserve
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Holy Cross New Orleans
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Shreveport

Bossier Parish Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Louisiana State University at Shreveport
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwest Louisiana Technical College - Mansfield
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northwest Louisiana Technical College - Minden
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northwest Louisiana Technical College - Shreveport
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southern University at Shreveport
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Bossier Parish Community College Bossier City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Louisiana State University at Shreveport Shreveport
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwest Louisiana Technical College - Mansfield Mansfield
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northwest Louisiana Technical College - Minden Minden
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northwest Louisiana Technical College - Shreveport Shreveport
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwestern State University of Louisiana Shreveport
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southern University at Shreveport Shreveport
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Other Louisiana cities

Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Alexandria
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Ferriday
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Huey P Long
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Lamar Salter
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Oakdale
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Rod Brady Extension
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Ward H Nash Avoyelles
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Compass Career College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Grambling State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
L. E. Fletcher Technical Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Louisiana College
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Louisiana Delta Community College - Bastrop
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Louisiana Delta Community College - Lake Providence
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Louisiana Delta Community College - Monroe
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Louisiana Delta Community College - Ruston
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Louisiana Delta Community College - Tallulah
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Louisiana Delta Community College - West Monroe
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Louisiana Delta Community College - Winnsboro
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Louisiana State University of Alexandria
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Louisiana Tech University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
McNeese State University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Nicholls State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Northshore Technical Community College - Hammond
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northshore Technical Community College - Sullivan
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northwest Louisiana Technical College - Natchitoches
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northwest Louisiana Technical College - Sabine Valley
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Central Louisiana Technical College - Young Memorial
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
South Louisiana Community College - C B Coreil
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Louisiana Community College - T H Harris
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
SOWELA Technical Community College - Lake Charles
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
SOWELA Technical Community College - Morgan Smith
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Alexandria Alexandria
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Ferriday Ferriday
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Huey P Long Winnfield
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Lamar Salter Leesville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Oakdale Oakdale
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Rod Brady Extension Jena
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Ward H Nash Avoyelles Cottonport
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Compass Career College Hammond
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Grambling State University Grambling
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
L. E. Fletcher Technical Community College Schriever
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Louisiana College Pineville
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Louisiana Delta Community College - Bastrop Bastrop
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Louisiana Delta Community College - Lake Providence Lake Providence
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Louisiana Delta Community College - Monroe Monroe
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Louisiana Delta Community College - Ruston Ruston
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Louisiana Delta Community College - Tallulah Tallulah
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Louisiana Delta Community College - West Monroe West Monroe
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Louisiana Delta Community College - Winnsboro Winnsboro
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Louisiana State University of Alexandria Alexandria
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Louisiana Tech University Ruston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
McNeese State University Lake Charles
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Nicholls State University Thibodaux
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Northshore Technical Community College - Hammond Hammond
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northshore Technical Community College - Sullivan Bogalusa
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northwest Louisiana Technical College - Natchitoches Natchitoches
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northwest Louisiana Technical College - Sabine Valley Many
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Central Louisiana Technical College - Young Memorial Morgan City
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
South Louisiana Community College - C B Coreil Ville Platte
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Louisiana Community College - T H Harris Opelousas
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
SOWELA Technical Community College - Lake Charles Lake Charles
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
SOWELA Technical Community College - Morgan Smith Jennings
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion