Louisiana Master's Degree in Nursing

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Louisiana MSN Programs

MSN programs in Louisiana are a great tool to help nurses meet their career goals. While it is possible to work as a registered nurse with an associate's or a bachelor's degree, having a master's in nursing opens the door to many job opportunities that one would not have had without this more advanced education. Graduates of MSN programs can go on to become advanced practice nurses, educators, or managers.

MSN programs in Louisiana take a couple different forms. Some programs are offered on campuses across the state, while others are offered online by schools across the country. Different programs have their own advantages and disadvantages, so it is best to consider all the available option before making a decision. Choosing a program is the first step to a more rewarding nursing career.

Online vs. Traditional MSN Programs

Traditional classroom-based MSN programs are beneficial to students because they allow for in-person contact with instructors and fellow students. For some, this helps the learning process because they feel more focused and know that they can ask a question in the middle of a lecture if necessary. These programs may not be convenient for all students, though, as they are required to travel to campus to attend classes at scheduled times.

Online programs do not necessarily allow students to have the same face-to-face interaction, but they are still a great resource. These programs are accredited by the same organizations at the more traditional programs, and have been developed to provide an effective learning environment. The main benefit to online MSN programs is that students can log in and complete coursework anywhere and at any time, allowing school to fit flexibly into one's schedule.

An example of an accredited online MSN program is that offered by South University. South University offers two different MSN pathways. Students can earn an MSN in Nurse Administration, Nurse Education, or Nursing Informatics. Students can also pursue an MSN Nurse Practitioner program, with the choice to become either an Adult Health Care Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner. The more administrative MSN pathway requires students to complete 48-52 credits, and the curriculum for those who complete the MSN Nurse Practitioner program consists of 62 credits.

Admission Requirements

The following admission requirements are common for MSN programs both in Louisiana and online:

  • Application and fee
  • BSN from accredited program
  • 2.7 GPA or higher (many schools require a minimum 3.0)
  • Official transcripts
  • Unencumbered RN license
  • Completion of undergraduate statistics course with "C" or better
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Essay or goal statement
  • Resume/CV


The cost to earn an MSN is different for each program, and there is quite a range between some schools. Any current tuition information is subject to change. Program cost at South University is estimated to range from 40,470-53,690, depending on the specialty track.

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Louisiana State Board of Nursing
5207 Essen Lane, Suite 6
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809
Phone: (225) 763-3570
Fax: (225) 763-3580

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Schools with MSN Programs Accepting Students in Louisiana

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Other Schools with MSN Programs in Louisiana

Our Lady of the Lake College
7434 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Southeastern Louisiana University
SLU 10720
Hammond, LA 70402
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette
600 East Saint Mary Boulevard
Lafayette, LA 70503
Northwestern State University
715 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71497
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
1900 Gravier Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
1900 Gravier Street, 4th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70112
Loyola University New Orleans
6363 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118
William Carey College
4103 Chef Mentuer Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70126
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
1501 Kings Hwy
Shreveport, LA 71103

Louisiana MSN Degree Prerequisites

Louisiana nurses who continue their education and gain a Masters in Nursing (MSN) Degree are licensed by The Louisiana Board of Nursing as either an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) or an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner(ARNP).

To enroll in a MSN degree program in Louisiana, you must first become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). The most common Nursing Masters Degree curriculum in Louisiana and across the US is the RN-MSN program. See our directory of Louisiana RN to MSN programs

Those holding Louisiana RN certification have most likely already earned their Bachelors in Science of Nursing (BSN) degree. This is typically a four year training program at a nationally accredited school of nursing.

Contact your school of choice to learn more about their specific MSN program prerequisites.

Louisiana MSN Degree Areas of Specialization

In Louisiana, there are typically four specific areas that MSN degree seeking students may choose to specialize in. These include:

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Check with the Louisiana Board of Nursing to learn about the about the legal authority the state of Louisiana grants Advanced Practice Nurses(APNs) and Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners(ARNPs)in each particular area of specialization.

Online MSN Degree Programs

In Louisiana, online nursing degree programs are increasingly popular. This is mainly due to the convenience of nursing distance learning programs. As long as the online MSN program is nationally accredited, earning your MSN degree online is accepted and honored by the state of Louisiana.

Louisiana MSN Degree Resources

Here are a few examples of MSN degree programs in Louisiana.

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