Become a Nurse in Louisiana – Licensure & Requirements

Nursing requirements change rapidly. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Louisiana State Board of Nursing before applying for licensure. Last updated: 1/27/2020

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Louisiana
Nursing Licenses in Louisiana Master’s Required?
Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) Yes
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Yes
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Yes
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Yes
Registered Nurse (RN) No
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) No

Louisiana Nursing Salaries

Louisiana Nursing Salaries
LA Nurse Career State-Wide Annual Mean Wage Baton Rouge Annual Mean Wage New Orleans-Metairie Annual Mean Wage Shreveport-Bossier City Annual Mean Wage
Licensed Practical Nurse $39,480 $38,460 $42,540 $39,480
Registered Nurse $63,970 $60,420 $66,730 $64,730
Nurse Practitioner $105,340 $104,360 $101,020 $111,450
Nurse Anesthetist $159,370 $162,140 $164,800 $172,990

Careers as a nurse salaries above were retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics – State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Louisiana in January 2020.

There are many paths to becoming 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 email us at info@nursinglicensemap.com!

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Compact State Status

As of July 1, 2019, Louisiana is a Nursing Licensure Compact state.

Prescriptive Authority in Louisiana

According to the Louisiana State Board of Nursing APRN application for prescriptive authority, advanced practice registered nurses may apply for prescriptive authority for Schedule III-V controlled substances, schedule II non-narcotic for ADD/ADHD, or full II narcotics, in collaboration with a physician. The collaborating physician’s name must be listed on all prescriptions.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in Louisiana

APRNs in Louisiana include certified nurse midwife, certified registered nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist, and nurse practitioner.

Education: Approved graduate degree or postgraduate award with concentration in respective APRN role and population focus.

Examination: Varies for Different Certifications

Certification Required: National Certification in Advanced Practice Specialty

Fees:

  • $100 Application Fee
  • $39.25 Criminal Background Fee
  • Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)

Endorsement: Individuals who hold equivalent licensure in another state may apply for licensure through endorsement.

Additional Information: An active Louisiana registered nurse license is required for application. If one wishes to apply for licensure in more than one role or population (i.e. FNP and AG-ACNP or CNM and WHNP), an application for APRN licensure and a separate application for licensure in the additional role/population.

Renewal: Renewal period is from October 1 to December 31 of each calendar year. It costs $100 to renew a license. APRNs with prescriptive authority must obtain six contact/credit hours of continuing education in pharmacotherapeutics.

Learn more on how to become an advanced practice registered nurse.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Louisiana

Education: Completion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program or completed a nursing program that meets or exceeds the educational standards for programs in Louisiana

Examination: NCLEX-PN

Fees:

  • $100 Application Fee
  • $200 Examination Fee
  • $39.25 Criminal Background Fee

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 $39.25 fingerprinting fee are required.

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.

Learn more on how to become a registered nurse.

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
  • $39.25 Criminal Background Fee

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 $39.25 fingerprinting fee are required.

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.

Learn more on how to become a licensed practical nurse.

Information for the nursing careers above: advanced practice registered nurse, registered nurse, and licensed practical nurse was retrieved from the Louisiana State Board or Nursing, as of January 2020.

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  • Choose from one of four APRN specialty areas: AG-ACNP, FNP, NM/WHNP, or WHNP
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Earn a Master of Science in Nursing online from Simmons University.

  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Preparation to pursue certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Part-time, full-time, and extended plans of study

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