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Career colleges concentrate on vocational and technical training to assist immediate job placement into specific careers upon graduation. Associate degrees and program certifications can be obtained in as little as 18 months and typically no more than three years. While most campuses are public institutions, there are private for-profit schools as well.

Schools like Bossier Parish Community College cater to those who are looking for an alternative to extended schooling. Many people attend vocational colleges because they want to finish school within a limited timeframe and quickly join a profession rather than commit to at least another four years of education beyond high school. Others have financial responsibilities that require them to start a vocation as soon as possible. Still others use community college as a stepping stone in order to help bring their test scores up to enter a four-year university. For most colleges, similar coursework from a technical college may be transferred over for credits.

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Nursing students that attend these vocational schools in Louisiana are particularly fortunate. Openings for nurses with all levels of certification and degrees usually exist. This makes nursing a promising career choice for those graduating from community colleges as nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, or with a registered nursing education, as the field is often more secure than other careers, with plenty of growth opportunity. Currently, LifeCare, one of the major employers in the state, is hiring all three types of nurses.

The top community colleges in Louisiana, listed below, can help prepare you for your nursing career.

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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
Delta College - Baton Rouge
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northshore Technical Community College - Florida Parishes
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
River Parishes Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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
Delta College - Baton Rouge Baton Rouge
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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

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
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

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
Dryades YMCA School of Commerce
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Nunez Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Central Louisiana Technical College - River Parishes
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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
Dryades YMCA School of Commerce New Orleans
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Nunez Community College Chalmette
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Central Louisiana Technical College - River Parishes Reserve
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Shreveport

Bossier Parish Community College
  • Associate's Degree in 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
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
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
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
L. E. Fletcher Technical Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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
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
SOWELA Technical Community College - Lake Charles
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
SOWELA Technical Community College - Morgan Smith
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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
L. E. Fletcher Technical Community College Schriever
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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
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
SOWELA Technical Community College - Lake Charles Lake Charles
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
SOWELA Technical Community College - Morgan Smith Jennings
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing