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The FranU School of Nursing provides rigorous, patient-centered training for nurses. Whether you are taking the first steps to become a registered nurse or are advancing your career with a graduate degree, our education aligns with a Catholic social justice framework focused on a spirit of service, community needs and holistic care. Our flexible programs emphasize experiential learning and resolving the unique challenges of underserved populations.

Learn more about our top-ranking bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral nursing programs and discover a path that aligns with your goals. Find out how our highly regarded faculty and comprehensive licensure exam preparation sets us apart from other nursing schools.

Nursing Degrees for Future Leaders

For many, nursing is more than a job — it’s a vocation, a calling to serve others with grace, compassion and a dedication to evidence-based best practices. At FranU, we offer three types of nursing degrees:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

    Master of Science in Nursing

    Doctor of Nursing Practice

    Our curriculum has a strong service-learning component where students have the opportunity to engage with community partners and help address their most urgent needs through volunteering, coursework and clinical experiences.

    Bachelor’s in Nursing

    Students gain a strong generalist nurse foundation and prepare for the licensure exam in a supportive environment as they pursue one of our two nursing bachelor’s degree pathways. The pre-licensure nursing program is ideal for those who don’t currently hold a bachelor’s degree, while the accelerated nursing program is suitable for students who have obtained a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing.

    Graduate Nursing Degrees

    With a focus on rural and medically underserved populations, our programs encourage students to make a positive impact in their communities as they deliver high-quality and effective healthcare to diverse groups. Explore our three MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner tracks as well as the DNP - Nurse Anesthesia program and learn more about how FranU’s graduate nursing degrees can help empower your role as an advanced practice nurse.

    School of Nursing Faculty

    The nursing faculty at FranU represent the region’s diversity and have extensive real-world experience in a variety of healthcare settings. As scholars in their field, they conduct advanced research and actively engage in their community. As educators, they are mentors and role models who emphasize service. Learn more about our outstanding faculty.

    See What Sets Us Apart

    Recognized for its rigorous and comprehensive curriculum, FranU’s School of Nursing nurtures a high standard of academic excellence. Our students are highly employable and lead meaningful nursing careers, delivering the best in patient care through their commitment to a spirit of service. As a result, named us one of the Best Colleges in Louisiana for Nursing.

    What Can You Do With a Nursing Degree?

    Nurses provide care and education anywhere patients reside, from traditional healthcare settings like hospitals and clinics to public health organizations and private industries. Administrative positions and leadership roles, as well as jobs in education and research institutes, are also available to those with a degree in nursing.

    Careers in Nursing

    Many of the job opportunities for nurses require a particular level of nursing degree, and in some cases, an advanced education is necessary for the role. Depending on the degree a student holds, they can look forward to careers as:

    • Critical Care Nurses

    • Emergency Room Nurses

    • Family Nurse Practitioners

    • Gerontological Nurses

    • Nurse Anesthetists

    • Nurse Managers

    • Oncology Nurses

    • Home Health or Hospice Nurses

    • Pediatric Nurses

    • Obstetric(OB) Nurses

    • Travel Nurses

    Dean’s Message

    Welcome to the School of Nursing. Since its inception more than 90 years ago, the School of Nursing has been dedicated to the educational development of professional nurses within a climate of honesty, respect, inquiry, creativity, and collaboration – a philosophy that flows directly from the mission of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University. We offer degrees at the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels. Our faculty believe that learning is an active, student-centered process that involves both formal education and life experiences providing opportunities for each individual to develop to his/her greatest potential.

    Dr. Amy Hall
    Dean of the School of Nursing

    Earn a Nursing Degree From FranU!

    Discover your calling or advance in your nursing vocation at FranU’s School of Nursing. Contact us for more information on how we can help you find the right program for your needs and goals.

    Recent News

    • FranU announces 2023 FMOL Sisters Graduate Scholarship recipients

      With support from the Louisiana State Board of Regents and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, FranU is proud to announce the 2020 FMOL Sisters Graduate Scholarship recipients.

      Named for our founders—the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady—these scholarships were awarded to exemplary graduate students to help offset their educational expenses.

    • 2020 Spring Honor Graduates

      The following students have been named honors graduates for the Fall class of 2019.

    • 2019 Fall Honor Roll

      Congratulations to our students who made the Spring 2019 semester Deans’ and President’s lists for outstanding academic work.