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Graduates of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences compose the majority of the workforce in Acadiana in the areas of nursing, health information management, and health services administration. 

Due to the success of these programs and the positive student outcomes, graduates are heavily recruited by health care agencies throughout the United States, presenting opportunities to provide high quality patient care services.

Community Impact

One example of the impact that was made by nursing in the Acadiana community is Project HOPE (Homeless Outreach Providing Essentials). 

Students enrolled in NURS 340, Community and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing provide health promotion services to the homeless and underserved population of Lafayette.

Students, faculty, and volunteers provide thousands of services to 200+ people each year. Services included vital signs monitoring, body fat analysis, hearing, vision, diabetes, and stroke screening, and education related to hypertension, diet, stroke and exercise.

This annual event, hosted by St. Bernadette Clinic, included vendors from a wide array of clinical and community agencies, such as Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, Minute Med Urgent Care Clinic, Grace Home Health, Volunteers of America, National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI), Heart Hospital, and many others. Participants are provided with personal care kits, shoes, socks, food, shirts, and backpacks.

Partnership with LHC Group

In 2021, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences received a transformational investment from LHC Group that recognized the vital role the University and the college play in strengthening and expanding the region’s health care landscape.

The investment in the University’s nursing program will help empower the future of health care and meet the ever growing demand for nurses and other health care professionals in Acadiana, throughout Louisiana, and in combination with LHC Group’s footprint across the country.