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Louisiana Nurse Practitioner Certification

The Louisiana Board of Nursing recognizes NPs as APRNs. APRNs include NPs, certified nurse–midwives, CNS, and CRNAs. An APRN is a RN who has completed additional schooling and clinical practice and has become certified by a national certifying body.

APRNs perform various duties, including assessing patients, performing acts of medical diagnosis, consulting with or referring patients to physicians, researching medical conditions, working with patients and families in meeting healthcare needs, offering advice and education about proper healthcare practices, and managing patients’ health. Louisiana NPs must be in a collaborative relationship with a physician or dentist who oversees their work. APRNs may prescribe and administer controlled drugs, therapeutic regimens, and medical devices or appliances within their area of specialty.


In order to become a nurse practitioner in Louisiana, you must hold an active RN license that permits you to practice as a RN in the state. In addition, you must have a minimum of a master’s degree in a specialized area of advanced practice. Your advanced degree program must include a clinical component as well as nursing theory, physical and psychosocial assessment, management of healthcare, and nursing interventions. Schools in Louisiana that offer ARNP degrees include: Louisiana State University, Loyola University, Grambling University, Our Lady of the Lake College, Northwestern State University, and Southern University.

Alternatively, you may choose to attend an approved online, distance-learning program, which offers flexibility and allows students to continue to work or fulfill other obligations. The distance-learning program must offer the clinical practice component. Many distance-learning programs fulfill this obligation by establishing clinical sites in students’ local areas. Some of the organizations that offer approved online programs are: Graceland University, Philadelphia University, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Liberty University, South University, and University of Cincinnati.

Once you have obtained your advanced degree, you must successfully complete an exam and earn certification in your area of concentration from a nationally recognized certifying body. Some of these bodies are: the ANCC, ACNM Certification Council, NBCRNA, ANA’s ANCC, NCC for the Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing Specialties, and PNCB.

Louisiana APRNs earn, on average, more than $86,000 per year. Salary rates vary depending on specialty, experience, facility, location, and other factors.

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Last Updated: 05/19/2014