LOUISIANA NURSING LICENSE

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

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Louisiana
Nursing Licenses in Louisiana Master'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 Assistant: $20,660
Licensed Practice Nurse: $37,820
Registered Nurse: $61,780
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse: > $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.

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.

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Nursing@Simmons is an online Family Nurse Practitioner program designed for currently licensed RNs who are at various stages of their career.

Nursing@USC

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

Education
Master’s Degree in Relevant Nursing Field

Examination
Varies for Different Certifications

Fees
$100 Application Fee, $42.50 Criminal Background Fee Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)

Experience
None

Certification Required
National Certification in Advanced Practice Specialty

Renewal
Renewal period is from October 1 to December 31 of each calendar year. It costs $100 to renew a license.

Additional Information
An Active Louisiana Registered Nurse License Is Required for Application.

Endorsement
Individuals 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

Education
Completion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program

Examination
NCLEX-RN

Fees
$100 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee, $40.75 Fingerprinting Fee

Experience
None

Renewal
Renewal 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 Information
None

Endorsement
Individuals 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

Education
Completion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program

Examination
NCLEX-PN

Fees
$100 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee, $40.75 Fingerprinting Fee

Experience
None

Renewal
Renewal 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 Information
None

Endorsement
Individuals 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.

FEATURED ONLINE HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS


Nursing@Georgetown

Nursing@Georgetown is an academically rigorous, evidence-based program that culminates in a Master of Science degree in Nursing, delivered online by Georgetown University’s nationally ranked School of Nursing & Health Studies.

Nursing@Simmons

Nursing@Simmons is an online Family Nurse Practitioner program designed for currently licensed RNs who are at various stages of their career.

Nursing@USC

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing program for aspiring family nurse practitioners through Nursing@USC.

MPH@Simmons

MPH@Simmons, the online Master of Public Health from Simmons College, is designed to give you the real-world skills you need to address health inequity on a local, national, and global level.

MPH@GW

An innovative online Master of Public Health program offered by the top-ranked Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

MHA@GW

Offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, this online Executive Master of Health Administration program is designed for healthcare professionals who aspire to become leaders in their field.

HealthInformatics@GW

This online Master of Science in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University enables graduates to improve the efficiency of health care organizations through the use of data and technology.

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