Nursing ranks top 50

The College of Nursing campus’ online program, granting registered nurse students the opportunity to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing, was named 35th among the top 50 on

Southeastern was one of three Louisiana colleges who made the rankings. 

According to, University of Louisiana at Lafayette was named 16th while McNeese State University ranked 44th.

Each program was ranked based on its 20-year return on investment, per credit tuition rate and national ranking.

Despite the popular belief that online programs are not as successful as in-class prgrams research supports how online learning can be as productive as an in class setting. 

“Some students thrive in the online environment; some students prefer face to face instruction.  Research overwhelmingly supports that students learn equally well in online environments,” said dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Ann Carruth. “Registered nurses have real world experience when they return to get a BSN degree online.  So the online environment is a great fit because these nurses have experiences to draw on when engaging with faculty and peers.  It also provides flexibility in completing coursework.” 

According to, Southeastern offers “a special adult learning initiative known as CALL, Center for Adult Learning in Louisiana.” This encourages registered nurses to earn their BSN online in three semesters. To qualify for the program, applicants must have at least one year of nursing experience. Also, the 31-credit CALL program remains under $2,000 per semester for Louisiana students.

According to, out of state fees are waived for non-resident students, making Southeastern Louisiana a better value than advertised.

In addition, Carruth believes incoming freshmen can look forward to “recent curriculum changes to keep up with national healthcare trends.”

There are many routes an invidual can choose when pursuing a nursing career. Each category of becoming a nurse requires different levels of education. 

A nurse can be a licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN) or nurse practitioner (NP). Practical nurses complete a one year Practical Nursing Program. Registered nurses can either have an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Nurse practitioners usually have a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and an area of specialization.

The main differences between a registered nurse having an Associate Degree in Nursing versus a Bachelor of Science in Nursing are education requirements, job types, job outlook and salary. Regardless, both courses to become a registered nurse require passing the National Council Licensure Examination. 

For those wishing to earn a higher credential, Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees are offered through a “completer program” often online, like the CALL program.

For more information about the different programs offered at the university, contact the university School of Nursing at 985-549-2156.