Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN)

BSN Requirements and Information

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Lamar University in Texas is a four-year program designed to prepare professional nurses to meet community and state needs to assume leadership in the delivery of health care.

BSN Course Rotation

Application Deadlines

Students are admitted into the BSN Program Fall and Spring Semesters.

Fall admission – February 15
Spring admission – September 1

BSN graduates are prepared to think logically by synthesizing information from various disciplines and analyzing problems critically, commensurate with the level of education. The BSN graduate functions with a longitudinal focus across time from preadmission to discharge. The BSN graduate is prepared to practice in structured, unstructured, and evolving health care settings. The focus of care is broad. The BSN graduate is prepared to deliver health care to individuals and families as clients as well as aggregates, communities and societies within the context of their environment. BSN graduates are also prepared to incorporate research findings, utilize technology, pursue graduate education and life-long learning.

Students pursuing a nursing degree meet course requirements through didactic courses, laboratory assignments, and clinical experience in health care facilities under supervision of University faculty. Students may be assigned to clinical experiences during day, evening, night or weekend hours.

APPLYING TO BSN PROGRAM

The following need to accompany your BSN application:
  • Application fee
  • Official transcript

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  • Admission Evaluation

    Students seeking admission to the pre-licensure baccalaureate (BSN) nursing program must apply for admission to the nursing program. Admission to the nursing program is very competitive.

    The following items must accompany the application:

    • Receipt for payment of application fee (payment made online)
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended
    • Pre-admission test scores (HESI™ A2)
    • Proof of advising appointment (transfer students only).

    Applicants are encouraged to follow application instructions carefully to ensure processing by the Admissions Committee. Students are responsible for assuring that their applications are complete; incomplete applications will not be considered. Admission is limited by available space. 

    Applications for Admission to our nursing program are evaluated on the following basis:

    1. Admission to Lamar University
    2. Completion of all prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of "C" and GPA of 2.5.
    3. Minimum 2.5 GPA in pre-requisite courses and a minimum science GPA of 2.5.
    4. Overall academic career GPA of 2.0 or higher.
    5. Have a minimum grade of "C" in Nursing Pathophysiology from an accredited university that was earned no more than 3 years prior to admission. Students will be allowed a maximum of three attempts to pass Nursing Pathophysiology within a 3-year period prior to admission. Course equivalency must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Nursing Studies
    6. Have a minimum grade of "C" in Theories of Nursing taken at Lamar University that was earned no more than 3 years prior to admission. Students will be allowed a maximum of three attempts to pass Nursing Pathophysiology within a 3-year period prior to admission. Course equivalency must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Nursing Studies.
    7. To be considered eligible to apply for admission to the School of Nursing, students may have no more than 6 unsuccessful prerequisite course attempts. Unsuccessful course attempt is defined as not meeting the minimum required grade “C” or “D” as required by the nursing program. Failure in courses not required by the nursing program do not count toward this eligibility criteria.
    8. Pre-admission exam scores (HESI™ A2). A minimum score of 79 is required on the Reading Comprehension section of the admission exam (Contact the Nursing Information Center for information).

    Forms and Documents 

    Please contact the B.S.N. Information Center for current Application Information (409) 880-8868.

  • Additional Requirements

    Exit Exam
    In addition to the University graduation requirements and compliance with the written degree plan, you must pass a nationally standardized examination in order to graduate from the respective program. Completion of the program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

    NCLEX-R.N. Exam
    Pre-licensure graduates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses® (NCLEX-RN®) in order to obtain a license to practice as a Registered Nurse. Graduates are required to meet criteria established by the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON) in order to take the NCLEX-RN® examination.

    Additional Costs
    Additional costs above tuition and fees are involved in nursing programs. Uniforms, equipment, instruments, liability insurance, health examinations, special testing fees, course packet fees, additional course fees and transportation to clinical facilities are your responsibility. Financial aid is available for anyone eligible. 

    Insurance and Health Exams
    Liability insurance and health examinations must be renewed each year of nursing programs. Clinical agencies may require additional health examinations, dress codes or conformity with other policies. You will be informed in advance of such requirements.

    Minimum Grades and GPA
    A minimum grade of "C" needs to be maintained in English composition, nursing and science courses, and an overall GPA of 2.0 needs to be maintained in all course work in order to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. If you fail to perform satisfactorily in clinical practicum you will receive a failing grade in the nursing course regardless of the theory grade. A nursing course may not be repeated more than once. You may repeat no more than two different nursing courses. A second failure will constitute program failure.

    Due to the required sequencing of the Nursing program courses, failing a nursing course will not allow you to progress to the next semester courses. In addition, you will be unable to re-enter the program until the appropriate course sequence is offered. Re-admission to the program is not guaranteed and is based upon space availability and assessment of previous grades.

    Students requesting readmission or transfer need to submit an application for readmission to the Admissions Committee by Aug. 15 for Spring admission and Feb. 15 for Summer and Fall admission.

  • Standards for Nursing Students

    Responsibilities and standards in nursing practice are determined by the Board of Nursing, national accreditation guidelines, and clinical agencies. Additionally, as described in various clinical evaluation tools and course guidelines, students must be able to provide safe patient care.

    Technical Standards for Nursing Practice
    Nursing is a practice discipline and successful completion of the nursing program requires that students demonstrate ability to effectively and safely perform several essential skills. All students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in nursing are assessed in practice labs and clinical practicums throughout the program to confirm adherence to the technical standards, with or without accommodation.

    Intellectual Requirements
    Critical thinking is an important part of clinical judgment needed to provide safe patient care. Nursing students must be able to measure, calculate, reason, and quickly analyze information in order to apply complex information in the classroom and clinical settings.

    Gross and Fine Motor Requirements
    You must be able to provide general care (including preparing medications and administering treatment and completing patient assessments). For example, you must be able to perform basic life support (CPR), function in an emergency situation, and have the ability (within reasonable limits) to assist a patient in moving, such as from the chair to the bed.

    Observation Skills
    Student nurses in the B.S.N. program must be able to observe patients accurately to assess their condition and perceived signs of disease and responses to treatments through physical examination, including visual images, auditory information (patient voice, heart tones, bowel, and lung sounds), and palpable changes in certain organs and tissues.

    Communication Requirements
    You must be able to communicate effectively with patients, staff, physicians, and family members, verbally and in writing. You need to be able to process and accurately convey information about the patient status to faculty, staff, and other health care providers in a timely manner.

    Social and Behavioral Requirements
    You must possess sufficient mental and emotional health to exercise good clinical judgment, promptly complete assessments, and function in what can be a physically and emotionally demanding dynamic environment. You need to be able to demonstrate compassion, empathy, and concern for others while maintaining a mature, sensitive, and effective relationship with patients, families, and other professionals. 

      
  • More Information and Advising

    Advising for Pre-Nursing Students 

    Students who have not yet been admitted into the Prelicensure BSN Program are advised in the Undergraduate Advising Center.

    The Undergraduate Advising Center is located in the Carl Parker Building, which is between the Setzer Student Center and the Library (Campus Map).

    For an appointment or more information:
    Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC)
    Carl Parker Building
    Please ask for a Pre-Nursing Advisor
    Phone: (409) 880-8822
    E-mail: nursing@lamar.edu

    Pre-Nursing Academic Advisor:
    Undergraduate Advising Center
    Post Office Box 10079
    Beaumont, Texas, 77710

    Advising - Students Admitted to the Prelicensure BSN Program

    Once admitted into the BSN (Prelicensure) program, students are advised by the School of Nursing Advisor in the Nursing Information Center.

    For an appointment or more information:
    Nursing Information center
    McFaddin Ward Health Sciences Building, Room 100
    Phone: (409) 880-8868
    E-mail: bsninfo@lamar.edu