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LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing Ranked #9 in the US

December 14, 2020

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LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing has been ranked the #9 nursing school in the country and the nation’s #4 public nursing school by Nursing Schools Almanac. It just released its 2020 Rankings of the Best U. S. Nursing Schools.

Nursing Schools Almanac arrived at the rankings after conducting a detailed assessment of more than 3,000 nursing schools nationwide. The organization then ranked institutions by their academic prestige, program breadth and depth, and student success on nursing licensure exams.

“Our School of Nursing has consistently been ranked in the top ten nursing schools in the United States,” says Larry Hollier, MD, LSU Health New Orleans Chancellor. “This is a reflection of our exceptional faculty, educational programs and clinical training experience.”

Nursing Almanac’s description says, “The LSU Health School of Nursing is an NLN Center of Excellence for promoting the pedagogical expertise of faculty. Undergraduate students can select from a traditional four-year BSN, an RN-to-BSN degree completion program, and the Career Alternative RN Education (CARE) pathway. The CARE BSN is designed for individuals who have previously earned a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field. The university’s prelicensure BSN students have averaged a 97% NCLEX pass rate over the past decade; indeed, the pass rate consistently exceeded 95% in every single year. At the graduate level, LSU Health offers two MSN specializations (clinical nurse leader, nurse educator), an impressive 11 distinct DNP concentrations, and the unique Doctor of Nursing Science degree program.”

“During the challenging time of living through a pandemic, we are pleased that our nursing school has continued to maintain our commitment to educating our nursing students to enter the workforce,” says Demetrius Porche, DNS, PhD, FACHE, FAANP, FAAN, LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing Dean and Professor. “This ranking is the result of our excellent faculty, staff, and students, who go above and beyond each day to pursue the vision of ‘to improve global health as an innovative leader of excellence in nursing.’ one action at a time.”

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans (LSU Health New Orleans) educates Louisiana's health care professionals. The state's health sciences university leader, LSU Health New Orleans includes a School of Medicine with branch campuses in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, the state's only School of Dentistry, Louisiana's only public School of Public Health, and Schools of Allied Health Professions, Nursing, and Graduate Studies. LSU Health New Orleans faculty take care of patients in public and private hospitals and clinics throughout the region. In the vanguard of biosciences research, the LSU Health New Orleans research enterprise generates jobs and enormous annual economic impact. LSU Health New Orleans faculty have made lifesaving discoveries and continue to work to prevent, advance treatment or cure disease. To learn more, visit,, or

About Nursing Almanac: At Nursing Schools Almanac, we strive to provide an accurate, complete, and powerful online resource for aspiring nurses. As nursing responsibilities have grown, so too have the licensing and training requirements for the various roles. We have organized a wealth of state- and city-specific information about nursing education, empowering aspiring nurses to find the best-suited programs and kick-start their careers.

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