With an overall population of 71,757 and a student population of 11,268, approximately 8,638 of Lake Charles students attend one of Lake Charles's schools that offer BSN programs.
Lake Charles's largest BSN school is McNeese State University. In 2010, approximately 208 students graduated from the BSN program at McNeese State University.
In 2010, 208 students graduated with a BSN degree from one of Lake Charles's BSN schools. Tuition in 2009 at Lake Charles's BSN schools was $13,427 per year for instate students and $20,099 per year for out of state students.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $1,200 for BSN related books and supplies each year. And if you live on campus at one of the Lake Charles-based BSN schools, you will have an added expense of $4,674 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $8,187.
Many BSN graduates choose to work as nurses after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Lake Charles, your job prospects are good. In 2010, of the 40,090 nurses in Louisiana, 1,580 were working in the greater Lake Charles area. The number of nurses in Lake Charles is expected to increase by 25% by the year 2018. This projected change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for nurses.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a nurse in Lake Charles is $56,110 per year, which is lower than the average for nurses state-wide.