Louisiana Nursing License

Louisiana Nursing

Important Note: Nursing licensure and practice requirements are subject to change. Nursing License Map makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official source is the State Board of Nursing. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Louisiana State Board of Nursing before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/20/2015

Nursing Licenses in LouisianaMaster’s Required? Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)Y
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)Y
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)Y
Nurse Practitioner (NP)Y
Registered Nurse (RN)N
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)N

Louisiana Nursing Salary Average

Licensed Nursing AssistantLicensed Practice NurseRegistered NurseAdvanced Practice Registered Nurse $20,660$37,820$61,780 > $80,000* *The Salary of an advanced practice nurse in Louisiana can vary widely based upon specialization. Learn more about Louisiana nursing salary.

Learn about financial aid options for nurses on our nursing scholarships and grants page.

Nursing License

There are many paths to become a nurse in Louisiana. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in Louisiana, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Louisiana nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Louisiana, please let us know!

Compact State Status

Louisiana is not a Nursing Licensure Compact State.

Prescriptive Authority in Louisiana

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses may apply for prescriptive authority for Schedule III-V controlled substances in collaboration with a physician. The collaborating physician’s name must be listed on all prescriptions. 45 contact hours or a 3 semester hour course each in advanced pharmacotherapeutics, advanced physiology/pathophysiology, and advanced health assessment are required. A $100 initial fee is also required.


Louisiana Nursing Licensure Renewal

License renewal is required annually per the Louisiana Board of Nursing. Renewal fee of $80 is required per renewal cycle.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in Louisiana – Certified Nurse Midwife, Nurse Practitioner, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Clinical Nurse Specialist

EducationMaster’s Degree in Relevant Nursing Field ExaminationVaries for Different Certifications Fees$100 Application Fee, $42.50 Criminal Background Fee Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications) ExperienceNone Certification RequiredNational Certification in Advanced Practice Specialty RenewalRenewal period is from October 1 to December 31 of each calendar year. It costs $100 to renew a license. Additional InformationAn Active Louisiana Registered Nurse License Is Required for Application. EndorsementIndividuals Who Hold Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement.
 

Advanced Practice Nursing- Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Midwife, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Louisiana

EducationCompletion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program ExaminationNCLEX-RN Fees$100 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee, $40.75 Fingerprinting Fee Experience: None RenewalRenewal period is from October 1 to December 31 of each calendar year. It costs $100 to renew a license. 1600 nursing hours and 5 contact hours are required, or more contact hours if less nursing hours have been met. Additional InformationNone EndorsementIndividuals Licensed As a Registered Nurse in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to Board Approval. A $100 Application Fee and $42.25 Fingerprinting Fee Are Required.
 

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Louisiana

EducationCompletion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program ExaminationNCLEX-PN Fees$100 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee, $40.75 Fingerprinting Fee ExperienceNone RenewalRenewal period is from October 1 to December 31 of each calendar year. It costs $100 to renew a license. 1600 nursing hours and 5 contact hours are required, or more contact hours if less nursing hours have been met. Additional InformationNone EndorsementIndividuals Licensed As a Licensed Practical Nurse in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to Board Approval. A $100 Application Fee and $40.75 Fingerprinting Fee Are Required.