Lamar State College Orange Nursing Program

Upward Mobility LVN to ADN Nursing Program

Shirley MacNeill, MSN, RN, CNE
Chair, Allied Health Department
Allied Health Building, Office 102
(409) 984-6365

Program Description

The Upward Mobility Nursing Program leads to the Associate of Applied Science degree and prepares graduates for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a Registered Nurse (RN).

This Upward Mobility Nursing Program was developed to meet the unique learning needs of the LVN/LPN. It is designed to provide sound educational experience, ensure competence in nursing, and achieve the LVN/LPN goal of career advancement to the Registered Nurse level with minimal duplication of educational preparation.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Adhere to standards of practice within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks of the professional nurse while promoting safety and quality improvement as an advocate and manager of nursing care.
  • Use a systematic problem-solving process to provide individualized, evidence-based nursing health care settings demonstrating knowledge of delegation, management, and leadership skills.
  • Use clinical reasoning and knowledge based upon the nursing program of study, evidence-based practice outcomes, and research based policies and procedures for decision-making,
  • demonstration of skills with patient care technologies and information systems, and providing comprehensive, safe patient care.
  • Coordinate, collaborate and communicate with diverse patients, families and the interdisciplinary health care team to plan, deliver, and evaluate evidence-based safe care that reflects the value and ethics of the nursing profession.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Have a current, unencumbered Vocational or Practical Nursing license to be admitted to the program.
  • Complete the application process for general admission to Lamar State College – Port Arthur.
  • Complete the Upward Mobility Nursing Program application packet and submit a legible application, with supporting documents, on or before the September 15, 2021 deadline.

The Lamar State College Port Arthur Upward Mobility LVN to RN Nursing Program will admit a new group of students Spring 2022. The number of students admitted to any class is governed by the requirements of the Texas Board of Nursing. 

The Program Admission Rating Form was developed to aid in the objective selection of the class. Applicants are ranked according to their score on the Program Admission Rating Form. The goal of the Upward Mobility Nursing admission process is the selection of the best qualified applicants.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open access institution. 

Successful completion of the Lamar State College – Port Arthur Upward Mobility Nursing Program does NOT guarantee that a graduate may take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The Texas Board of Nursing, 333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460, Austin, TX 78701-394, (512) 305-7400, has identified certain circumstances that may render a potential candidate ineligible for licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Texas.  The Board provides individuals the opportunity to petition the Board for a Declaratory Order as to their eligibility in accordance with Article 301.257 of the Nursing Practice Act.

If you are required to answer “YES” to any of the following questions, you may be required to complete a Petition for Declaratory Order. If your criminal background check shows any type of offense you may be required to submit a statement explaining the events of the incident(s) along with official court documentation showing the disposition of the incident(s). If the incident(s) requires further investigation by the Texas Board of Nursing you will be required to submit a review fee along with a Petition for Declaratory Order. This petition to the Texas Board of Nursing may take 4 to 12 months, or longer, for processing.

For any criminal offense, including those pending appeal, have you:

  1. been convicted of a misdemeanor?
  2. been convicted of a felony?
  3. pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty?
  4. received deferred adjudication?
  5. been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not adjudicated guilty?
  6. been sentenced to serve jail or prison time or court-ordered confinement?
  7. been granted pre-trial diversion?
  8. been arrested or have any pending criminal charges?
  9. been cited or charged with any violation of the law?
  10. been subject of a court-martial; Article 15 violation; or received any form of military judgment/punishment/action?

NOTE: You may only exclude Class C misdemeanor traffic violations.

To obtain a copy of the Petition for Declaratory Order, go to the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON) website at: On the TBON home page, click on “Forms” then under “Initial Licensure & Recognition Forms” click on “Declaratory Order”. Read the information carefully, download the “Petition for Declaratory Order” form and follow the directions provided.

In order to graduate a student must:

  1. Earn a “C” or better in ALL pre-requisite, co-requisite, and *nursing courses.
  2. Maintain an overall 2.0 Grade Point Average.
  3. Submit an online application to complete the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®) and pay associated fees.
  4. Pay NCLEX-RN® fees to Pearson Vue.
  5. Submit LSCPA graduation application and pay associated fees.
  6. Attend and Complete an approved NCLEX-RN® Board Review course in order to graduate fully prepared to take NCLEX-RN®.

*Please note that all nursing courses (RNSG) require a minimum score of 75% for a grade of “C.”

First Year
Prerequisite Semester
PSYC 2314Lifespan Growth & Development3
RNSG 1300Health Assessment Across the Lifespan3
BIOL 2301Human Anatomy and Physiology I (lecture)3
BIOL 2101Human Anatomy and Physiology I (lab)1
HECO 1322Principles of Nutrition3
SPCH 1315Public Speaking3
ENGL 1301Composition I3
PSYC 2301Introduction to Psychology3
 Total Hours22
First Semester
RNSG 1260Clinical I – Registered Nursing2
RNSG 1424Concept-based Transition to Professional Nursing Practice3
RNSG 1228Intro to Health Care Concepts2
BIOL 2302Human Anatomy and Physiology II (lecture)3
BIOL 2102Human Anatomy and Physiology II (lab)1
RNSG 1118Transition to Professional Nursing Competencies1
 Total Hours13
Second Semester
BIOL 2320Microbiology (lecture)3
BIOL 2120Microbiology (lab)1
RNSG 2361Clinical II – Registered Nursing3
RNSG 1538Health Care Concepts III5
RNSG 1137Professional Nursing Concepts III1
 Total Hours13
Second Year
Fourth Semester
RNSG 2539Health Care Concepts IV5
RNSG 2138Professional Nursing Concepts IV1
RNSG 2362Clinical III – Registered Nursing3
XXXX x3xxHumanities/Fine Arts3
 Total Hours12
Degree Plan Total60

The Upward Mobility LVN to Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the
Texas Board of Nursing
333 Guadalupe St., Suite 3-460
Austin, TX 78701

Contact Us

For inquiries or additional information complete our Request Additional Information form, call (409) 984-6356, or visit our offices in the Allied Health Building.

lamar state college lvn to rn

Lamar State College-Orange (LSCO) is located in Orange, Texas. This public community college was established in 1969 and it now serves over 2300 students. There are many associate’s degree programs at LSCO that can help students to pursue their career aspirations. Students will find various certificate programs at this school as well. LSCO has online programs and various other conveniences for the students to take advantage of. LSCO is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The nursing program at LSCO allows students to pursue becoming licensed vocational nurses (LVN) or registered nurses (RN). There is a vocational nursing program and an associate’s degree program. This school has a registered nursing transition program that is designed for students who have already obtained LVN status. This allows those students to learn the necessary skills to become full RNs. Students in all nursing programs at this school will receive a comprehensive education that covers nursing theory, practical skills, and all other elements that a nurse will need to provide patients with top-tier care. The nursing program at LSCO is approved by the Texas State Board of Nursing.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleMidsize Suburb
Number of Students2,293
Student to Faculty Ratio22:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation-
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate59%

Nursing Programs




Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree typeMenWomen
Associate’s degree138
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years9114

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