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
Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)
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).
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.
ASN Related Documents
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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.
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.
BSN Related Documents
RN to BSN
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.
Coordinator of RN-BSN Program – Vicki Wissing, MSN, RN Telephone 318-677-3100 Fax 318-677-3127 email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Related Documents
- Program Overview
- BSN Purpose and Objectives
- BSN Purpose and Objectives
- RN to BSN Curriculum Pattern
- RN to BSN APDG Policies
- RN to BSN Course Semester Rotation
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LPN to ASN Documents
Continuing Nursing Education
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.
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
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 such as: clinical nurse specialist, nurse educator, nurse administrator, or nurse practitioner. 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:
- Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP),
- Adult Nursing Critical Care Nursing of the Adult,
- Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
- Maternal-Child Nursing,
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP),
- Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) and
- Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)
* 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 week of each semester.
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.
- Background Checks for Graduate Studies in Nursing
- MSN Orientation Handbook 2013-2015
- Curriculum Overview
- Program Purpose and Objectives
- Program Requirements
- NSU-Clinical-Course offerings by semester
- NSU-Non-Clinical Course Offerings by semester
- Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)
- Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
- Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)
- Maternal Child Nursing
- Adult-Gerontology Nursing
- Adult-Gero AGACNP Curriculum (FT)
- Adult-Gero AGACNP Curriculum (parttime)
- Adult-Gero AGPCNP Curriculum (FT)
- Adult-Gero AGPCNP Curriculum (parttime)
- Administration Curriculum (FT)
- Administration Curriculum (parttime)
- Education Curriculum (FT)
- Education Curriculum (parttime)
- FNP Curriculum (FT)
- FNP Curriculum (parttime)
- Primary Care PNP Curriculum (FT)
- Primary Care PNP Curriculum (parttime)
- WHNP Curriculum (FT)
- WHNP Curriculum (parttime)
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.
The Goals (Purposes) of NSU’s Doctor of Nursing Practice are:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.