The School of Nursing offers a variety of choices for students looking to enter the health care arena. Our nursing career ladder (Nursing Assistant, Practical Nurse, and Registered Nurse) allows us to meet students where they are and guide them to their fullest potential.
The Registered Nursing program offers education at the associate degree level. It is designed to provide the foundation for further preparation in nursing and lifelong learning. The program prepares a nurse generalist for beginning professional practice using knowledge derived from the liberal arts, biological sciences, physical sciences, behavioral sciences, and nursing. Individuals will be prepared to practice in a variety of health care settings, and encouraged to continue personal and professional growth. The program emphasizes excellent teaching with a commitment to student-faculty interaction. Individual talents, backgrounds, experiences, perspectives and insights are recognized and appreciated by faculty. Graduates will be eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).
The Registered Nursing program offers two portals of entry: the generic tract (for students without a nursing license) and the accelerated LPN-RN tract (for currently licensed practical nurses). Graduates from both tracts are eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).
The Practical Nursing program educates individuals to become competent licensed practical nurses (LPNs). The mission of the program is to provide a quality nursing education to students that will prepare them with the knowledge and skills to competently practice basic nursing. Students are exposed to the types of experiences that facilitate growth of the total person, while allowing them to practice in a variety of health care settings. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN®).
The purpose of the Nursing Assistant program is to educate/train individuals to meet the basic care needs of a patient base residing in a long term care facility or setting. In this program, the students will acquire competencies in the provision of activities of daily living (ADLs), bedside care, and basic nursing procedures. Students successfully completing the classroom, skills laboratory, and clinical competencies will be eligible to write the Final Competency Examination. Successful writers will earn a certificate of Completion and will hold the credential “Certified Nursing Assistant”.
Registered Nursing Program: Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN): 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 (P 404-975-5000; F 404-975-5020; http://www.acenursing.org).
Full approval of the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN): 17373 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70810 (P: 225-755- 7500; F: 225-755-7584; https://www.lsbn.state.la.us)
Practical Nursing Program: Full approval of the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners (LSBPNE): 131 Airline Drive, Suite 301, Metairie, LA 70001-6266 (Phone: 504.838.5791).
Nursing Assistant Program: Full approval of the Department of Health and Hospitals – State of Louisiana (DHH): 628 N. 4th Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802 (Phone: 225.342.9500; Fax: 225.342.5568).
For LPNs applying for clinicals, please click here for information regarding NLN Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam (NACE I)
For generic students applying to the RN or LPN program, please click here for information regarding the NLN Pre-Admission Exam (PAX).
Associate Degree Programs