College of Nursing
With the common goal of preparing a well-educated, highly skilled nursing workforce, Northwestern State is aligned with hospitals, clinics, care centers and national nursing associations that recognize that our associate, bachelor’s master’s and doctoral nursing programs are designed to meet and exceed the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendations. Northwestern State was the first public institution in Louisiana to establish baccalaureate and master’s degree programs and offers nursing classes in Shreveport, Alexandria, Leesville/Fort Polk and Natchitoches.
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 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.
The Associate of Science in Nursing, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Masters of Science in Nursing programs at NSU are approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. The Associate of Science in Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Bachelor of Science program in Radiologic Sciences is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).