Becoming an LPN in Louisiana

The state of Louisiana promotes excellence in healthcare by supporting nurses with continued education and professional growth. By combining nursing efforts, leadership skills are encouraged, impacting the quality of service and level of professionalism offered to the community. Nursing jobs are on the rise—the Bureau of Labor Statistic has predicted a 10% increase in Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) jobs per year in Louisiana by 2024. This increase can be met by completing educational requirements and testing to become and LPN in the state or transferring form another state and applying by endorsement.

Louisiana LPN Licensing Requirements

To become and LPN in Louisiana, an individual must first complete a state-approved course of study. This program must meet the needs of the state and provide the student with all of the knowledge and hands-on study to be successful as an LPN. After sufficiently passing the required coursework, he or she must sit and pass the state required testing—the NCLEX-PN

In order to receive state licensure, the applicant must submit an application to the state, including:

  • Official transcript from state-approved nursing program.
  • Proof of US citizenship or lawful presence.
  • Proof of registering for NCLEX-PN examination.

Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners: http://www.lsbpne.com/

While endurance and strength may not be a written requirement for the job as an LPN, it’s definitely part of day-to-day activities. LPN's are often required to stand for long periods of time as well as lift heavy patients and machinery.

LPN's from other states can receive a Louisiana License by endorsement. Along with the endorsement application, the applicant must submit:

  • Verification of license for another state equivalent to Louisiana.
  • Proof that he or she has worked as an LPN for at least 6 months in the last 4 years.
  • Official transcripts from a state-approved nursing program.
  • Federal background check.

Foreign applicants must submit approval from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) after they have evaluated the official transcripts and completed a full course-by-course review, as well as prove their English proficiency by taking the Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam.

Louisiana LPN licenses expire January 31st each year and no continuing education hours are required.

Learn more about Louisiana LPN Jobs & Employment Outlook.

LPN Salary in Louisiana By Area

The table below lists career information retrieved from the BLS for licensed practical nurses in Louisiana. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.

AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
New Orleans, Metairie4,560$19.44$40,440
Baton Rouge3,710$18.88$39,270
Shreveport, Bossier City2,620$18.33$38,120
Lafayette2,530$16.75$34,830
Lake Charles1,200$17.15$35,660
Monroe1,200$17.66$36,730
Alexandria1,050$18.45$38,380
Houma, Thibodaux690$17.45$36,300
Hammond500$18.38$38,230

For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Louisiana LPN to RN/BSN programs page.

LPN Programs in Louisiana

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A&W Healthcare Educators
6930 Martin Dr, New Orleans, LA 70126
(504) 282-6171 Visit Homepage
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Baton Rouge Community College
3250 N. Acadian Thruway E., Baton Rouge, LA 70805
(866) 217-9823 Visit Homepage
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Central Louisiana Technical Community College
4311 S. MacArthur Drive, Alexandria, LA 71302
(318) 487-5443 Visit Homepage
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Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Ferriday
2100 E.E. Wallace Blvd, Ferriday, LA 71334
(318) 757-6501 Visit Homepage
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Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Huey P. Long
5960 Hwy 167 North, Winnfield, LA 71483
(318) 628-4342 Visit Homepage
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Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Lamar Salter
15014 Lake Charles Highway, Leesville, LA 71446
(337) 537-3135 Visit Homepage
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Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Oakdale
117 Highway 1152, Oakdale, LA 71463
(318) 335-3944 Visit Homepage
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Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Rod Brady Extension
4311 S MacArthur Dr, Alexandria, LA 71302
(318) 628-4342 Visit Homepage
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Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Ward H. Nash Avoyelles
508 Choupique Street, Cottonport, LA 71327
(318) 876-2801 Visit Homepage
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Compass Career College
42353 Deluxe Plaza, Hammond, LA 70403
(985) 419-2050 Visit Homepage
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Delgado Community College
500 N Theard St, Covington, LA 70433
(985) 893-6286 Visit Homepage
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Delta College - Baton Rouge
7380 Exchange Place, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
(225) 928-7770 Visit Homepage
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Delta College - Covington
19231 N. 6th Street, Covington, LA 70433
(985) 892-6651 Visit Homepage
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Delta College - Lafayette
200 Republic Ave, Suite F, Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 988-5455 Visit Homepage
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Delta College - Slidell
105 Gause Blvd. West, Slidell, LA 70460
(985) 643-7730 Visit Homepage
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L.E. Fletcher Technical Community College
310 St Charles St, Houma, LA 70360
(985) 857-3655 Visit Homepage
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Louisiana Delta Community College
P. O. Box 629, Baton Rouge, LA 70821
(225) 342-9500 Visit Homepage
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Louisiana Delta Community College - Margaret Surles Extension
156 Highway 833-1, Lake Providence, LA 71254
(318) 559-0864 Visit Homepage
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Louisiana Delta Community College - Ruston
1010 James Street, Ruston, LA 71273
(318) 251-4145 Visit Homepage
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Louisiana Delta Community College - Tallulah
132 Old Highway 65 South, Tallulah, LA 71284
(318) 574-4820 Visit Homepage
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Louisiana Delta Community College - West Monroe
609 Vocational Parkway, West Monroe, LA 71292
(318) 397-6100 Visit Homepage
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Louisiana Delta Community College - Winnsboro
1710 Warren Street, Winnsboro, LA 71295
(318) 435-2163 Visit Homepage
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Louisiana Technical College
1710 Sullivan Dr, Bogalusa, LA 70427
(985) 732-6640 Visit Homepage
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Northshore Technical Community College - Florida Parishes
137 College, Greensburg, LA 70441
(225) 222-4251 Visit Homepage
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Northshore Technical Community College - Hammond Area
111 Pride Drive, Hammond, LA 70401
(985) 543-4120 Visit Homepage
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Northwest Louisiana Technical College - Mansfield
943 Oxford Rd., Mansfield, LA 71052
(318) 872-2243 Visit Homepage
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Northwest Louisiana Technical College - Minden
9500 Industrial Drive, Minden, LA 71055
(318) 371-3035 Visit Homepage
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Northwest Louisiana Technical College - Natchitoches
6587 Highway 1 Bypass, Natchitoches, LA 71457
(318) 357-3162 Visit Homepage
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Nunez Community College
3710 Paris Road, Chalmette, LA 70043
(504) 278-6200 Visit Homepage
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Our Lady of The Lake College
5414 Brittany Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
(225) 768-1700 Visit Homepage
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River Parishes Community College
7384 John Leblanc Blvd, Sorrento, LA 70778
(225) 675-8270 Visit Homepage
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South Central Louisiana Technical College - Reserve
181 Regala Park Road, Reserve, LA 70084
(985) 536-4418 Visit Homepage
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South Central Louisiana Technical College - Young Memorial
900 Youngs Road, Morgan City, LA 70380
(985) 380-2957 Visit Homepage
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South Louisiana Community College
1933 W. Hutchinson, Crowley, LA 70526
(337) 788-7521 Visit Homepage
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South Louisiana Community College - Evangeline
600 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., St. Martinville, LA 70582
(337) 394-6466 Visit Homepage
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South Louisiana Community College - Gulf Area
1301 Clover St., Abbeville, LA 70510
(337) 893-4984 Visit Homepage
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South Louisiana Community College - Lafayette
1101 Bertrand Dr, Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 521-9000 Visit Homepage
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South Louisiana Community College - T.H. Harris
332 East South Street, Opelousas, LA 70570
(337) 943-1518 Visit Homepage
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South Louisiana Community College - Ville Platte
1124 Vocational Dr.Ward 1, Industrial Park, Ville Platte, LA 70586
(337) 363-2197 Visit Homepage
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Southern University at Shreveport
3050 Dr Martin Luther King Dr, Shreveport, LA 71107
(318) 670-6000 Visit Homepage
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SOWELA Technical Community College
1230 North Main Street, Jennings, LA 70546
(337) 824-4811 Visit Homepage
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Sowela Technical Community College
3820 Sen J Bennett Johnston Ave, Lake Charles, LA 70615
(337) 421-6565 Visit Homepage
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