Traditional BSN 

The BSN Program prepares the individual for self directed practice, continuing growth in professional nursing, and for formal graduate study. The graduate serves as advocate and provider of nursing services for clients of all ages within family and community settings.

LPN to BSN Articulation

The LPN to BSN Articulation provides an opportunity for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to pursue a BSN degree, and is designed to validate and award credit for existing knowledge, while remaining consistent with the outcomes of the generic BSN Program.

RN to BSN Articulation

The RN to BSN Articulation provides an opportunity for Registered Nurses (RNs) to pursue a BSN degree, and is designed to validate and award credit for existing knowledge, while remaining consistent with the outcomes of the generic BSN Program.

Whether you are a prospective or current student, an alumnus, faculty colleague or friend, we appreciate your interest in our MSN program.

 The MSN program is offered in affiliation with the Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing (ICMSN) and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The consortium universities, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, and University of Louisiana at Lafayette work collaboratively to provide a comprehensive curriculum preparing graduates to participate in a number of opportunities in the health care profession. Faculty members are expertly engaged in distance education, clinical practice, research, and mentor students in the following specialty concentrations:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing Education

“It’s cool to be prideful of my alma mater. I had so much on my resume because I attended Nicholls and it helped me get a job so much easier.”

Anna Busalacchi, BSN, RN
Luling, Louisiana



The mission of the College of Nursing at Nicholls State University is consistent with the mission statement and goals of the University. The mission of the College of Nursing is to prepare students to contribute to a global society and a diverse workforce as productive, responsible, and engaged citizens and as well-educated nurses to meet the healthcare needs of the Bayou region and beyond. The mission is accomplished by continuous improvement in teaching, research, and service in a student-centered, culturally rich and spirited learning environment that fosters faculty, staff, and student engagement. The College extends its mission beyond instruction by offering continuing nursing education activities for entry-level and advanced practice nurses. The College is dedicated to continuous quality improvement through systematic assessment and evaluation of program outcomes, processes, and current and former students.


To be recognized as an innovative leader in the educational preparation of entry-level and advanced practice nurses while advancing the nursing profession through continuing nursing education.


The College of Nursing supports values that promote citizenship, concern for self and others, and the desire for a better world,” by embracing as its core values:

Civic Responsibility – We use our time and talents to serve our community, recognizing that service to others is the cornerstone of the health professions.

Diversity – We respect differences among members of society by providing a nurturing and tolerant environment.

Excellence – We strive to achieve the highest quality in all endeavors.  We strive for excellence in teaching, research, and service, and empowerment through learning.

Integrity – We strive to be fair and truthful in all instances.

Leadership – We are good stewards and representatives of the university because we value our collective role as a regional leader and model for all we serve.

Respectfulness – We commit to the customs and amenities of a civil society.  We respect the rights of others and are responsive to the needs and interest of our constituents.

Responsibility – We are responsible for our actions.  We adhere to the doctrine of individual accountability in all our activities and contributions.

Caring – We treat others with empathy and openness in all our encounters while respecting each one’s individuality.

Professionalism – We strive to demonstrate integrity in all our actions and to be committed and accountable to our stakeholders.

Safety – We commit to mitigating error through system analysis, quality improvement, and personal accountability and responsibility.

Adopted: Spring 2007

As a respected member of the professional health care community, the registered nurse works in a stimulating and challenging environment.

Opportunities in nursing exist in all areas of the health care delivery system to include but not limited to:

  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Public health agencies
  • Community centers
  • Private physicians
  • Clinics
  • Occupational health settings
  • Hospice nurse
  • Critical care nurse
  • Operating room nurse
  • Medical-surgical nurse
  • Oncology nurse
  • Flight nurse
  • Pediatric nurse
  • Labor and delivery nurse
  • Community health nurse
  • Mental health nurse

The possibilities are endless!

Betsy Cheramie Ayo Hall was dedicated in 2001 and houses the College of Nursing. This state-of-the-art building is where our nursing faculty members teach and engage students in realistic settings, preparing them to deliver superior nursing care in the most diverse of settings.

Hands-on learning
There are eight nursing laboratories. These labs, in total, house 48 hospital beds, with associated bedside tables, over-bed tables, privacy curtains, wall mounts for oxygen, air, suction, otoscopes, and all the amenities for fundamentals, medical-surgical, ob/peds and mental health nursing, to mimic the hospital setting.

The labs also contain surgical wash sinks, manikins, IV arms and chests, a human computerized simulator; literally everything to enhance our students opportunity for success!

High-quality instruction
Not only are the nursing labs superior, but so are our classrooms. Each is supplied with a computer with Internet access and a ceiling mount LCD wide-screen projector. Faculty members utilize many adjuncts to learning including PowerPoint presentations, games, skits, critical thinking exercises, case studies, demonstrations, guest speakers, etc.

And since technology is what this present generation knows, we also have three computer labs designated solely for the College of Nursing. The computers contain programs encompassing every aspect of nursing care in each specialty area.

Our students have the luxury of independent study. But, computer-assisted instruction is utilized throughout many of the nursing courses. You learn by repetition! You learn by repetition!



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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing Programs at Nicholls State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750 Washington, DC 20001, (202)887-6791.


NASN, Nicholls Association of Student Nurses

National Student Nurses Association, Nicholls chapter

Nursing students who are involved do better. We want out students to participate in their career while in school. The Nicholls Association of Student Nurses gives students that opportunity.

The official purpose of NASN is to aid in the development of the individual student of nursing as a future health professional as well as to be aware of and to contribute to improving the health care of all people. Nursing is a service-oriented profession, and the rewards are great.


Both faculty members and students join together and work to better the community through educational efforts. The students teach every aspect of health care to any aggregate in any setting. They touch the lives of many through participation in the heart walks, American Cancer Association Relay for Life, cystic fibrosis walk, blood drives, food drives, donations to organizations, health screenings, service-learning, community Easter egg hunt, Christmas Toy Drive and more.

NASN allows the student a “voice” in a professional nursing organization. This entry-level membership affords students opportunities for networking, communication, legislative awareness, the development of good citizenship and professional unity.

By joining NASN, the student is affiliated with the National Student Nurses Association and the Louisiana Association of Student Nurses. ALL nursing majors are invited to join!

Join NASN…Make the difference!

NASN, Nicholls Association of Student Nurses

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing Programs at Nicholls State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750 Washington, DC 20001, (202)887-6791.


College of Nursing

Office Location:
172 Betsy Cheramie Ayo Hall
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2057
Thibodaux, LA 70310
Katy Waggenspack, Administrative Assistant
(985) 448-4686
Fax: (985) 448-4923

Department of Nursing

Office Location:
161 Betsy Cheramie Ayo Hall
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2143
Thibodaux, LA 70310
Amanda LeJeune, Administrative Assistant
Email: amanda.lejeune@nicholls.edu
Phone: (985) 448-4696

Fax: (985) 448-4932