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.

Application Deadlines

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

Fall admission - February 15th
Spring admission - August 15th

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
  • Verification of Hepatitis B vaccination

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  • Baccalaureate Outcomes and Goals

    Baccalaureate Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Practices safe and effective holistic patient-centered care to a variety of patients/clients in multiple settings from a global perspective by incorporating theories and evidence-based findings.
    2. Supports patients/clients in preventing disease, maintaining wellness, promoting and restoring health and advocating for death with dignity.
    3. Evaluates patient-centered care for patients/clients across the lifespan based on common and complex health needs, and compromised multiple health states when considering multiple determinants of health.
    4. Synthesizes clinical reasoning and judgment in nursing practice utilizing critical thinking, nursing process, research and evidence-based practice.
    5. Employs safe, effective, patient-centered care using theories and evidence-based findings in collaboration with patients/clients and members of the interprofessional and intraprofessional healthcare team.
    6. Differentiates multiple role dimensions and practices within ethical, legal and regulatory parameters when caring for patients/clients as a member of the interprofessional and intraprofessional healthcare team.
    7. Demonstrates personal integrity, effective communication, active inquiry and service to community.

     

    Baccalaureate Program Goals and Program Outcomes

    Program Goals Outcome Area BSN Program Outcomes

    Provide excellent learning opportunities to prepare graduates to meet national standards for entry into practice as competent, professional registered nurses.

    Performance on Licensure Exam 88% or more of the pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) graduates will pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) on the first attempt.

    Provide a relevant education and resources for students to graduate in a timely manner.

    Program Completion 70% or more of the students entering the BSN program will earn the BSN degree within 150% of the time of the published program length.

    Prepare graduates to function in role-related nursing employment

    Job Placement

    90% or more of BSN graduates contacted report employment in nursing 9-12 months post-graduation.

  • Master's Program Outcomes and Goals

    MSN STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES 

    Graduates of the Nurse Educator or Nurse Administrator tracks of the MSN program will demonstrate the following program outcomes:

    1. Analyze issues in the context of healthcare policy and finance, including political and organizational systems, to address the healthcare needs of a diverse society.
    2. Analyze strategies to improve healthcare outcomes across the health continuum for various populations.
    3. Utilize research methods to investigate problems, initiate changes, and improve nursing practice.
    4. Synthesize theoretical frameworks from nursing and other disciplines to expand the knowledge base for advanced nursing practice.
    5. Demonstrate advanced nursing practice roles from professional, organizational, and personal perspectives within an ethical and legal framework.




    MSN Program Goals and Program Outcomes

    Program Goals Outcome Area MSN Program Outcomes
    Program demonstrates evidence of students' achievement in completing the nursing program
    Program Completion 70% of students will graduate within 1 1/2 times the length of the program (36 months)
    The program demonstrates evidence of graduates' achievement in job placement. Job Placement
    80% of those seeking employment will be involved in role-related professional practice at 6-12 months post-graduation.
    The program demonstrations evidence of students' achievement of each End of Program Student Learning Outcome/role-specific professional competency.
    Program Goals

    Student Learning Outcome Indirect Method: 90% of MSN graduates are expected to respond “agree or “strongly agree” (4.0 or higher) to each end of program SLO.

    Student Learning Outcome Direct Method: All MSN graduates are expected to achieve end of program SLOs by a combined score of 75% or higher on the culminating Synthesis Project using a standardized rubric.

    Professional Competency Indirect Method: 90% of MSN graduates are expected to respond “agree” or “strongly agree” (4.0 or higher) to each end o-program role-specific professional competency by graduation.

    Professional Competency Direct Method: Practicum courses

  • Prelicensure Pass Rates



    NCLEX-RN Pass Rates

    Reporting period - October 1 through September 30
    Lamar University Texas National
    2016 90.38% 87.14% 84.30%
    2015* 93.69% 85.22%% 84.18%
    2014 88.46% 81.02% 81.74%
    *Lamar University received commendation from the Texas Board of Nursing
      
  • Completion Rates by Program/Track
    BSN Program Completion Rates
    Cohort* BSN RN-BSN

    Combined
    BSN & RN-BSN

    Spring 2013 83% (51/60) 36% (31/86) 56% (82/146)
    Summer 2013 NA 58% (23/40) 56% (23/40)
    Fall 2013 83% (49/59) 40% (40/99) 56% (89/158)
    Spring 2014 71% (57/80) 49% (36/74) 60% (93/154)
    Summer 2014 NA 47% (18/38) 47% (18/38)
    Fall 2014 66% (52/79) 64% (66/103) 65% (118/182)
    Spring 2015 67% (44/66) 67% (52/78) 67% (96/144)
    Summer 2015 NA 75% (15/21) 75% (15/21)
    Fall 2015 63% (50/79) 71% (51/72) 67% (101/151)
    *Semester students entered the program/track

     MSN Program Completion Rates by Cohort

    Term/Year* MSN Track Combined Calendar Year
    Administration Education
    Spring 2014 50% (2/4) 50% (1/2) 50% (3/6) 57% (4/7)
    Summer 2014 NA 100% (1/1) 100% (1/1)
    Fall 2014 NA NA NA
    Spring 2015 100% (4/4) 89% (8/9) 92% (12/13) 94% (17/18)
    Summer 2015 100% (2/2) NA 100% (2/2)
    Fall 2015 100% (1/1) 100% (3/3) 100% (4/4)
    Spring 2016 100% (5/5) 100% (5/5) 100% (10/10) 94% (17/18)
    Summer 2016 0% (0/1) 100% (3/3) 75% (3/4)
    Fall 2016 100% (3/3) 100% (4/4) 100% (7/7)
    Spring 2017 100% (3/3) 100% (4/4) 100% (7/7) In Progress

     *Term/Year of Graduation

     

     

     

  • Employment Data

    Employment of BSN Graduates 9 Months Post-Graduation

    Cohort* Response Rate

    Respondents Employed
    in Nursing

    Spring 2014 Revised Curriculum 46.0% (25/55) 100%
    Fall 2014 58.7% (37/63) 100%
    Spring 2015 48.9% (23/47) 100%
    Fall 2015 49.0% (28/57) 100%
    Spring 2015 51.0% (25/49) 100%

    *Term/Year of Graduation

     

    Employment of RN-BSN Articulation Track Graduates 9 Months Post-Graduation

    Cohort* Response Rate Respondents
    Employed
    in Nursing
    Spring 2014 48.9% (21/43) 100%
    Fall 2014 20.5% (8/39) 100%
    Spring 2015 13.0% (5/39) 100%
    Fall 2015 19% (13/69) 100%
    Spring 2016 21% (13/61) 92%

     

     

    MSN Role-Related Professional Practice as of 9 Months Post-Graduation

    Year Response Rate Job Placement
    2014 57% (4/7) 100%
    2015 47% (9/19) 100%
    2016 (as of May 2016) 79% (11/14) 100%