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How to Become a Nurse in Louisiana, LA

In Louisiana, becoming a professional nurse means becoming either a Licensed Professional Nurse (LPN) or a Registered Nurse (RN). LPN licensure can be achieved through either a one year program or an early exit from one of two RN education programs: a Bachelor of Science, Nursing (BSN), which takes four years, or an Associate Degree, Nursing (ADN), which takes two years.

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The first year of all three programs are fairly similar, with the focus placed squarely upon patient care skills, practices and knowledge. However, where LPNs leave off, ADN students begin to learn broader-scale nurse management and theory, and usually are able to take a couple electives in specialized topics. And where an ADN leaves off, a BSN gets deep into advanced nursing theory and practices, and offers plenty of elective options to pursue specific topics of interest in health care, such as public health policy, pharmaceutical research, and radiology.

Professional nurse training culminates with the nationally- standardized NCLEX licensure examination. With versions for both LPNs and RNs, the NCLEX allows for easy transfer of licensure from state to state, and ensures students are ready to graduate and enter the work force as a Louisiana nurse. It is the final step to becoming a nurse in Louisiana.

Detailed Louisiana Nursing Information

If you want to learn more about how to become a nurse in Louisiana and explore typical duties, jobs, wages, educational opportunities and more, visit our Louisiana nursing state page.