Nicholls College of Nursing Welcomes 79 Students During White Coat Ceremony

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Nicholls College of Nursing hosted its inaugural White Coat Ceremony on Oct. 16, 2023, with 79 students receiving their white coats, signifying their rite of passage to begin their clinical experience and being officially welcomed into the nursing profession.

The celebrated class has an anticipated graduation date in the spring of 2026. Students who participated in the ceremony represented 2 states, Louisiana and Minnesota, with 13 parishes represented across Louisiana. The cloaking of the white coat marks a milestone occasion amid a rigorous curriculum and allows students to see themselves as a nurse and encourages them to see the program through.

“The White Coat Ceremony welcomes students to the nursing profession as they begin their clinical experience. It is also a moment to acknowledge their accomplishments and dedication to lifelong learning throughout their journey in nursing,” said Dean of the Nicholls College of Nursing, Dr. Raquel Engolio.



The Nicholls Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) offers three pathways. The traditional BSN Program prepares students for self-directed practice, continuing growth in professional nursing and for formal graduate study.

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

The Master of Science in Nursing offers three specialty concentrations:

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

The mission of the Nicholls College of Nursing is to prepare students to contribute to a global society and diverse workforce as productive, responsible and engaged citizens and as well-educated nurses to meet the healthcare needs of the coastal region and beyond.

This 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.

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