The Monroe, Louisiana, metropolitan area is home to more than 4,000 nursing professionals. Most of these nurses fill three common roles: registered nurse (RN), licensed practical nurse (LPN), and certified nursing assistant (CNA). Monroe’s nurses frequently launched their careers at local nursing schools, including University of Louisiana at Monroe and Louisiana Delta Community College.

Registered nurse is the most senior of these common nursing roles. There are four paths to becoming an RN: associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), hospital diploma, bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), and direct-entry master of science in nursing (MSN). In addition to a degree or diploma from an accredited school, RNs must hold a passing score on the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination.

Practical nurses fill a mid-level nursing role. Aspiring LPNs can pursue a certificate, diploma, or associate’s degree from a state-approved practical nursing program. All LPNs must also pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure examination before commencing practice.

Nursing assistants are entry-level healthcare staff. CNAs must simply complete a short training course and pass a state competency exam. After passing the exam, CNAs are placed on the state registry. To enhance their resume, CNAs may also earn additional credentials such as certified medication assistant (CMA).

Nursing school graduates are prepared to apply for positions at more than 25 hospitals and healthcare centers in the Monroe metropolitan area. Some of the largest local employers are University Health Conway Monroe, St. Francis Medical Center, Monroe Surgical Hospital, and Glenwood Regional Medical Center.

Nursing salaries will vary significantly by role. On average, RNs in Monroe can expect to earn $58,000 per year. Strong performers, particularly those with advanced degrees, can earn $70,000-$80,000 or more annually. Local salaries for LPNs range from $36,700 (average) to $47,000-plus (top decile). CNAs frequently earn $20,000-$25,000 per year.

If nursing sounds like an exciting career, you can start by enrolling in a training program at a top local nursing school. We’ve profiled below each of the accredited nursing schools in the Monroe, Louisiana, metropolitan area as a helpful starting point.

Monroe nursing schools by NCLEX score

University of Louisiana at Monroe
700 University Avenue | Monroe, Louisiana 71209
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Louisiana Delta Community College - Monroe
7500 Millhaven Road | Monroe, Louisiana 71203
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Louisiana Delta Community College - West Monroe
609 Vocational Parkway | West Monroe, Louisiana 71292
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Louisiana at Monroe Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.0% 2008 to 2012
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Louisiana Delta Community College - Monroe Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.9% 2012 to 2012
Louisiana Delta Community College - West Monroe Certificate in Practical Nursing