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LSU introduces RN to BSN program to address nursing shortage

by Minden Press-Herald

Louisiana Tech University’s Division of Nursing has launched a new Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program. This program aims to meet the evolving needs of the healthcare industry and provide an expedited pathway for current and former students with associate degrees or professional certifications in nursing.

The RN to BSN program is designed to offer students a comprehensive understanding of advanced nursing concepts and practices. It features a flexible and accessible online and hybrid model tailored to the needs of working nurses. Through a blend of rigorous coursework and hands-on experiences, students can develop critical thinking skills, leadership abilities, and evidence-based practices essential for success in today’s healthcare landscape.

Associate Dean Dr. Donna Hood said, “This program is answering the call from our students and our employers as we continue to prepare registered nurses to address the vast range of opportunities in health care. This program builds on over 50 years of excellence in nursing education in a supportive and innovative environment. Our graduates have the foundation they need to work as valuable members of the healthcare team and continue their education at the graduate level.”

The program also aims to address the significant nursing shortage in the state and region. The Louisiana Board of Regents has estimated a 40% shortage of the nursing workforce by 2030, with thousands of open nursing positions across the state accumulating annually. Educational environments that emphasize readiness and resilience are crucial.

To learn more about the RN to BSN program at Louisiana Tech, visit

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