Northwestern State University was the first public institution in Louisiana to establish a baccalaureate program in nursing, welcoming its first students in 1949. The College of Nursing was also the first in the state to offer a master’s degree in nursing. NSU offers an Associate of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, LPN to ASN, LPN to BSN, RN to BSN program, Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Classes are available on Northwestern State campuses in Shreveport, Alexandria, Leesville/Fort Polk and Natchitoches. NSU’s College of Nursing is known throughout the state for graduating highly qualified nurses.

The nursing faculty consists of experienced health care professionals who are dedicated to preparing students to achieve their professional goals as responsible and contributing members of their profession and society. Members of the faculty regularly volunteer their time sharing their expertise and knowledge with organizations and individuals in the community, with many serving as consultants, leaders, and board members as part of their professional responsibilities in the local, state and national arenas.

Northwestern State University College of Nursing serves the people of Louisiana and in so doing improves the health of its citizens while advancing the mission of Northwestern State University through excellence in accessible undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs that are designed to assist individuals in achieving their professional goals as responsible and contributing members of their profession and society.

Undergraduate Studies In Nursing

Documents

Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)

The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree program is designed to provide education to prepare the student for practice as a registered nurse. This program includes didactic and clinical nursing courses as well as general education courses. The program prepares graduates to function as registered nurses in hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care agencies. Students can complete the required academic courses during the two-year sequence, however many students benefit from completing at least a portion of their general education courses prior to beginning the two-year sequence of nursing clinical courses.

The curriculum is constructed to promote career mobility to the baccalaureate nursing educational level. Upon completion of the Program, the graduate is eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

To schedule an academic advising appointment please call the Office of Student Services at 318-677-3015.

ASN Program Graduates’
Success on the Licensure (NCLEX) Examination 2014-2015

Year (January 1st
–December 31st )

Rates (%)

2014

84.34

2015

88.46

ASN Program Students’
Completion Rates 2012-2014

Year (Cohort)

Rates (%)

2012

75%

2013

In Progress

2014

In Progress

ASN Program
Graduates’ Obtaining a Job 2014-2015

Year (January 1st  -December 31st )

Rates (%)

2014

100%

2015

Spring 100%; Fall
Pending

Accreditation
The ASN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326 phone number 404.975.5000 fax number 404.975.5020, www.ACEN.org and approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing, 17373 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70810, telephone number 225-755-7500, fax number 225-755-7564, www.lsbn.state.la.us.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

A four year professional nursing education program that includes liberal arts education preparing graduates for beginning nursing practice in a wide variety of settings including acute and long term care, community and school health and critical care. After three semesters of academic courses and acceptance into clinical courses, students must complete five semesters of clinical courses on the Shreveport campus or Alexandria Rapides Regional Medical Center Campus.

Baccalaureate prepared nurses have many career opportunities. Graduates of the Program are eligible to take the national licensure examination, NCLEX-RN, after which graduates are qualified for employment in a wide variety of healthcare settings. If desired, graduates of the BSN Program may further their education by earning a master’s degree, or even a doctoral degree.

To schedule an academic advising appointment please call the Office of Student Services at 318-677-3015.

Accreditation
The Program is approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing, 17373 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70810, 225-755-7500. The BSN Program is the first program in Louisiana to be accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Northwestern State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036, 202-887-6791.

RN to BSN

An individualized plan assisting the registered nurses who want to pursue a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. This program is designed to offer flexibility in meeting the needs of a practicing nurse. Internet classes are offered from Shreveport and traditional daytime classes are offered in Alexandria.

Articulations

Northwestern State University and the following Universities have agreed to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding for articulation with associate degree in nursing programs. The articulations will allow students to complete their Associate Degree in Nursing and transfer their credit hours to Northwestern State University in partial fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelors of Science in Nursing.

Contact

Danita Potter, PhD, RN
Program Director, RN to BSN, Associate Professor
potterd@nsula.edu
318-677-3100

Accreditation
The BSN Program is the first program in Louisiana to be accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Northwestern State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036, 202-887-6791.

LPN to…

LPN to ASN Documents

To schedule an academic advising appointment please call the Office of Student Services at 318-677-3015.

LPN to BSN Documents
LPN to RN Documents

Continuing Nursing Education

Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) at Northwestern State University College of Nursing and School of Allied Health offers well-planned, innovative program opportunities for life-long learning in the area of continuing professional nursing education to meet the needs for the nurses of Louisiana and neighboring states. The Continuing Nursing Education Program follows the mission of the university in providing organized activities to increase competencies and knowledge in nursing practice.

Accreditation
Northwestern State University College of Nursing and School of Allied Health Continuing Nursing Education Program is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Continuing education activities meet criteria defined by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. One contact hour is sixty minutes of instruction. Requirements for successful completion are accomplished by verifying participation in the entire CNE activity. No partial credit is awarded.

2015 Programs

For more information regarding upcoming programs please contact:
NSU College of Nursing & School of Allied Health
Heather Hayter, MSN, RN | Assistant Professor
Continuing Education Coordinator/Lead Nurse Planner
Email: hayterh@nsula.edu
1800 Line Avenue
Shreveport, La 71101
Phone: (318)677.3105 | Fax: (318)677.3127

Graduate Studies In Nursing

Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at Northwestern State University (NSU), College of Nursing and School of Allied Health in Shreveport, Louisiana provides learning opportunities for registered nurses to build upon baccalaureate nursing education, as well as experiential professional knowledge, attitudes and skills.The MSN program at NSU prepares registered nurses to function and excel in various advanced nursing roles. Graduates of the MSN program are educationally prepared to make significant contributions to the improvement of healthcare and to the advancement of nursing knowledge and practice.

To schedule an academic advising appointment or any MSN inquiry with MSN faculty please call (Charla Bumgardner 318-677-3131).

This program provides the student with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing the opportunity to develop advanced knowledge, intellectual skills and clinical competence necessary for the role of the advanced practice nurse. Areas of concentration include:

Nurse Practitioner

  1. Adult Gerontoloty Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP),
  2. Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)
  3. Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  4. Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PCPNP),
  5. Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)

Education

  1. Adult Nursing/ Critical Care Nursing of the Adult
  2. Maternal/Child Nursing

Administration

  1. Adult Nursing/ Critical Care Nursing of the Adult
  2. Maternal/Child Nursing

* Please note that faculty are unavailable for advising between semesters, so please call to make appointments early. Also, if you are admitted into the graduate school (have submitted all of your paperwork and can register, you must register for NURG 5000 Orientation during your first semester). During NURG 5000 you will also receive advising. NURG 5000 typically meets on the Shreveport campus during the first Friday of each semester.

Accreditation
The master’s degree in nursing at Northwestern State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

Doctorate Program In Nursing

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Northwestern provides a clinical doctorate for master’s prepared registered nurses who desire to practice at the highest level and significantly impact health care outcomes for vulnerable populations. Graduates of this DNP program have the potential to transform health care by utilizing advanced clinical skills, translating evidence into practice, implementing systems changes, establishing standards and policies, and acting as organizational leaders.

Two available concentrations: APRN to DNP Leadership (for APRNs) and Organizational Systems Leadership (for non-APRNs).

The Goals (Purposes) of NSU’s Doctor of Nursing Practice are:

  1. Provide advanced practice nurse leaders with expertise, specialized competencies, and advanced knowledge required for evidence-based nursing practice and mastery in an area of specialization within the larger domain of nursing.
  2. Prepare advanced practice nurse leaders to influence, design, direct and implement change in healthcare practice, education, and policy through the development of collaborative alliances to improve healthcare outcomes and decrease morbidity and mortality in vulnerable populations.
  3. Develop advanced practice nurse leaders who contribute to nursing’s body of knowledge through professional development and scholarly inquiry into practice, processes, or outcomes which affect morbidity and mortality in vulnerable populations.

The Program Objectives, or Student Learning Outcomes, are as follows:

The DNP Graduate student will:

  • Integrate nursing science with knowledge from ethics, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences as the foundation for the highest level of nursing practice.
  • Critically analyze health care delivery models based on contemporary nursing science and organizational and systems perspectives to eliminate health disparities and promote patient safety and excellence in practice.
  • Systematically appraise existing literature, outcomes of practice, practice patterns, systems of care, and health organizations to design and generate best practice evidence to improve practice and health care outcomes.
  • Utilize information systems technology to implement and evaluate healthcare resources, quality improvement initiatives, and programs of care that support practice decisions.
  • Advocate for health care policy which addresses social justice and equity in all health care settings.
  • Employ consultative and leadership skills to function on inter-and intra-professional multidisciplinary teams that work collaboratively to improve vulnerable populations’ health outcomes.
  • Synthesize data relevant to clinical prevention and health promotion for individuals, aggregates, and populations to guide implementation of the highest level of nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate advanced practice expertise, specialized knowledge, and expanded responsibility and accountability in the care, management, and evaluation of individuals, families, and communities in a specialty practice area within the domain of nursing.