In Louisiana, nurse practitioner programs are offered through master's degree and post-master's certificate programs. Depending on the school, students may be able to specialize in family, adult, mental health, women's health or neonatal nurse practitioner studies. Programs combine theory courses, which may be available online, with required clinical experiences. In addition, students may be required to complete a scholarly project or thesis for program completion. Applicants to nurse practitioner programs must possess a bachelor's degree in nursing and have professional nursing experience. The programs profiled below meet state board standards for advanced practice education.
Grambling State University
At Grambling State University in Grambling, it takes 21 months of study to earn a master's degree in the Family NP (FNP) specialty. The 49-credit hour program calls for classes on campus one day a week, with the required 700 hours of clinical experiences scheduled in area healthcare facilities. RNs who have master's degrees in nursing but are not NPs can qualify through a 39-credit hour post-master's FNP curriculum. NPs who specialize in an area other than family care can earn an FNP certificate with 18 to 20 credit hours of study. FNP courses include advanced assessment skills and management of primary care issues for patients of all ages. Students examine family relationships and community health issues in addition to learning about the role of an NP.
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans
The master's degree in nursing at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans allows students to choose NP as a focus area. They can opt to pursue certification as an FNP, working as a primary care provider with patients of all ages, or as a neonatal NP (NNP), working with infants, primarily ones who are acutely or critically ill. The FNP program calls for 48 to 51 credit hours, while the NNP requires 42. Both programs require classes, labs and clinical experience and can be completed full- or part-time. FNP students can opt to develop a thesis. Students in both programs take courses in statistics and advanced pharmacology as well as courses related to their specialties, such as care of high-risk newborns in the NNP area or community health nursing for FNP students.
Loyola University - New Orleans
Master's degree students in nursing at Loyola University - New Orleans can choose from FNP or adult NP (ANP) options. The FNP curriculum calls for 45 credit hours of courses, while the ANP program requires 39 credit hours. Both programs include 630 hours of clinical experience. Loyola also offers post-master's FNP and ANP certification programs. Students in all NP programs take courses in advanced pharmacology, health assessment, research and pathophysiology.
McNeese State University
McNeese State University in Lake Charles is part of the four-school Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing. Students can pursue an FNP track or a family psychiatric/mental health NP track through full- or part-time studies. Admission requirements include a bachelor's degree in nursing, earned with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.7. NP students need a year of applicable professional experience for admission to the program and must complete courses including pharmacotherapeutics, pathophysiology, health assessment and issues in advanced nursing practice before they are admitted to practicum courses. The FNP track calls for 40 to 43 credit hours, while the family psychiatric/mental health NP track requires 46 to 49 credit hours. Both programs include 720 clock hours of clinical practice and either a thesis or a scholarly project.
Nicholls State University
Located in Thibodaux, Nicholls State University is also part of the Intercollegiate Consortium and offers a master's degree with an FNP concentration. Nursing theory courses are taught online, with the 720 required clinical hours scheduled in area healthcare facilities. The program requires 40 to 43 credits, and students can complete a thesis or a focused scholarly project. Courses include health assessment, population based primary care and issues in advanced nursing.
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
At Shreveport's Northwestern State University of Louisiana, master's degree students can choose from advanced practice concentrations in FNP, adult-gero acute care NP (AGACNP), women's health NP (WHNP), primary care pediatric NP (PNP). All programs require at least 42 credit hours of work and students can enroll full- or part-time. Admission to these programs is competitive; requirements include a bachelor's degree in nursing earned with at least a 3.0 GPA as well as nursing experience. Post-graduate students must meet the same requirements. Students take courses in pathophysiology, pharmacotherapeutics and nursing research in addition to courses in their concentration. All the NP programs call for 696 hours of clinical practice.
Southeastern Louisiana University
Another school in the Intercollegiate Consortium, Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, offers FNP and family psychiatric/mental health NP concentrations in its nursing master's degree program and an FNP concentration as a post-master's certificate. A master's degree with an FNP concentration requires 40 to 43 credit hours, and the family psychiatric/mental health NP concentration calls for 46 to 49 credit hours. Required courses in each area include health assessment, pathophysiology and pharmacotherapeutics. Both programs call for 720 hours of clinical work and require students to complete a focused scholarly project or a thesis. The post-master's certificate is for individuals who have a master's degree in nursing and hold national certification as an adult NP. This 12-credit hour program can be completed in 14 weeks. Didactic courses are taught online, while practicum courses have a didactic online component along with clinical experience.
Southern University and A&M College
The graduate nursing program at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge offers a master's degree with an FNP option and a post-master's FNP certificate. The master's FNP program calls for 41 to 44 credit hours with a thesis or a clinical research project. The post-master's program requires 29 credit hours of coursework and a comprehensive exam. Courses in both the degree and certification programs cover family health nursing, pharmacology and pathophysiology and include NP practicums.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, another school in the nursing consortium, offers a master's degree in nursing with FNP and a family psychiatric/mental health NP concentration, as well as a post-master's FNP certificate program. The master's degree program is for Louisiana RNs who hold bachelor's degrees in nursing. Each NP program calls for 42 to 45 credit hours, at least a 3.0 GPA and a thesis or a focused scholarly project. Both programs require 720 clinical hours in addition to courses such as pharmacotherapeutics and paraphysiology. The post-master's FNP certificate is a 12-credit hour program with a requirement of 240 clinical hours.
Nurse practitioners (NPs) are licensed as advanced practice registered nurses by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. Licensure requirements include a Louisiana registered nursing license, a master's degree in nursing from an accredited college or university and certification in the appropriate specialty from a national certifying organization recognized by the state of Louisiana.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Nurse Practitioner Programs Offered||Graduate Tuition & Fees (2018-19)|
|Grambling State University||Four-year; public; distant town|| Master of Science in Nursing - FNP,
Post-Master's FNP Certificate
|Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans||Four-year; public; large city||Master of Nursing / Master of Science in Nursing, NP Track||$13,089 in-state; $25,361 out-of-state*|
|Loyola University - New Orleans||Four-year; private not-for-profit; large city|| Master of Science - ANP or FNP,
Post-Master's Certification - ANP or FNP
|McNeese State University||Four-year; public; small city||Master of Science in Nursing, FNP or Family Psychiatric/Mental Health NP||$7,955 in-state; $15,992 out-of-state*|
|Nicholls State University||Four-year; public; small city||Master of Science in Nursing - FNP||$8,088, in-state; $9,181 , out-of-state*|
|Northwestern State University of Louisiana||Four-year; public; remote town||Master of Science in Nursing - FNP, AGACNP, WHNP, Primary Care PNP||$8,909 in-state; $19,697 out-of-state*|
|Southeastern Louisiana University||Four-year; public; small city|| Master of Science in Nursing - FNP, Family Psychiatric/Mental Health NP,
Post-Master of Science in Nursing Certificate - FNP
|$8,781 in-state; $21,259 out-of-state*|
|Southern University and A&M College||Four-year; public; midsize city|| Master of Science in Nursing, FNP,
Post-Master's FNP Certificate
|University of Louisiana at Lafayette||Four-year; public; midsize city|| Master of Science in Nursing - FNP,
Post-Master of Science in Nursing Graduate Certificate - FNP
|$9,796, in-state; $23,524, out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.