Nurse Practitioner Programs in Louisiana

Nurse Practitioners in Louisiana are considered Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN). The Louisiana State Board of Nursing requires anyone seeking licensure as an APRN to have a current Louisiana registered nursing licenses, a minimum of a master’s degree in advanced practice nursing or a post-master’s certificate in advanced practice nursing from an accredited school whose curriculum meets the requirements set by the board of nursing and national certification in the specialty he/she will be practicing in through a national certifying organization recognized by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.

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Master’s and post-master’s certificate nurse practitioner programs offered at accredited schools based in Louisiana as well as online can be found below. Graduates of these programs are eligible to sit for national certification exams in their respective specialization.

Online nurse practitioner programs offer registered nurses a flexible alternative that allows them to continue in their current position while completing classes when convenient for them. Online NP programs have also made higher education accessible to the rural nurse, who may have not otherwise been able to pursue an advanced practice registered nursing career. Clinical sites and practicums for online programs can be arranged with the assistance of faculty to be completed in the student’s local community or region. Online course content is nearly identical or identical to that of campus based programs and most of the schools based in Louisiana offer some or all of the courses online as well.

According to the Advance for Nurse Practitioners 2007 Salary Survey, Nurse Practitioners in Louisiana made an average annual salary of $84,614. Salaries will vary depending on experience, specialty, location, facility and other factors.

Schools Based in Louisiana Offering Nurse Practitioner Programs

Grambling University – School of Nursing

Programs Offered: MSN – (Family NP), MSN – Nurse Educator, Post-masters certificate FNP, Post certification FNP, BSN, RN to BSN

Visit the Grambling University SON website

P.O. Box 1192,
Grambling, LA 71245,
PH: 318-274-2897

Louisiana State University – School of Nursing

Programs Offered: MSN – Nursing Administration, MSN-Community Health Nursing and MSN – Advanced Practice Nursing (Specializations: Clinical Nurse Specialist – Adult Health Nursing and Psychiatric and Community Mental Health Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia and Nurse Practitioner – Neonatal Nursing and Primary Care Nursing, BSN, RN to BSN, RN to MN, DNP

Visit the LSU SON website

1900 Gravier Street,
4th Floor,
New Orleans, LA 70112,
PH: 504-568-41067

Northwestern State University – College of Nursing

Programs are CCNE accredited.

Programs Offered: ASN, LPN – RN, BSN, RN to BSN, MSN – (Concentrations: Acute Care NP, Adult Nursing, Critical Care Adult, FNP, Maternal Child Nursing, Pediatric NP, Neonatal NP, Women’s Health NP

Visit the Northwestern State University College of Nursing website

Shreveport, Louisiana 71101, PH: 318-677-3100

Our Lady of the Lake College – School of Nursing

NLNAC Accredited

Programs Offered: ASN, BSN, RN to BSN, MSN – Nurse Anesthesia, MSN – (Specializations: Education, Administration)

Visit the Our Lady of the Lake College School of Nursing website

7434 Perkins Road,
Baton Rouge, LA 70808,
PH: 225-768-170

Southern University – School of Nursing

CCNE Accredited Programs

Programs Offered: BSN, MSN – (Concentrations: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner), Post-master’s certificates (Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner), PhD – Nursing

Visit the Southern University SON website

School of Nursing – J. K. Haynes Bldg.,
Room 112,
170 Swan Ave., Baton Rouge, LA,
PH: 225-771-2663

(Sources: Louisiana State Board of Nursing, Advance for Nurse Practitioners)

Nurse Practitioner Programs Online in Louisiana

Maryville University

Maryville University – St. Louis offers two CCNE accredited online MSN Nurse Practitioner Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner.

Programs Offered Online: MSN – (Family Nurse Practitioner -FNP, Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner – AGNP)

Frontier Nursing University – Distance Education

The Frontier Nursing University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools. They offer online MSN Programs with post masters certificates in the following areas: Certified Nurse Midwifery (accredited by ACME), Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner (accredited by the NLNAC). FSMFN also offers an online DNP program accredited by the AACN.

Programs Offered: Online ADN – MSN (Tracks: Nurse Midwifery) , Online MSN – (Tracks: Nurse Midwifery), DNP (Online)

Graceland University – School of Nursing

The RN-BSN, RN to BSN/MSN and MSN programs are CCNE and NLNAC accredited. RN to BSN and RN to BSN/MSN program Practicums can be completed in the student’s community.

Programs Offered: RN to BSN, RN to BSN/MSN and MSN – (Specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator), Post-Graduate Certificate (Specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Education), Doctor of Nursing Practice DNP (Online)

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