RN-BSN Articulation Track

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The flexible online RN to BSN track is designed for the career-oriented registered nurse seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The nurse must be a registered nurse (RN) with an active unencumbered nursing license.

Complete coursework in as few as 13 months.
(120 hours required)

Coursework Topics

Explore a broad range of nursing topics, including:
  • community nursing
  • evidence-based practice
  • holistic health assessment
  • nursing leadership
  • management courses

Start Dates:

August 27, 2018
Apply by July 30, 2018
October 22, 2018
Apply by September 24, 2018

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Our highly qualified faculty create structured, online learning through assignments, discussion boards, practicum and community-based service learning hours.


Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Lamar University
  • An Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AAS or ADN) degree or a Diploma in Nursing from an approved program.
  • Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher (students with a GPA of 2.4 to 2.49 may be accepted on a conditional basis).
    1. Grades below a "C" in nursing or co-requisite courses will not be accepted.
    2. Transfer credits will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  • Proof of current unencumbered license to practice professional nursing (RN) in the United States or approved United States territory.

Lamar University has been granted an exemption to offer online degree programs with the exception of a few states.


The RN-BSN Articulation Track requires all students to take 7 upper level nursing courses (including 1 Capstone course) in addition to co-requisite and Lamar University core courses.  The following is a list of our upper level courses.  

For a more detail list of the courses: RN-BSN Degree Plan

NURS 4321 Nursing Theories in Nursing and Online Education


NURS 4316 Comprehensive Holistic Health Assessment


NURS 4390 Nursing Inquiry and Evidence-based Practice


NURS 4540 Nursing Practice: Care of Communities


NURS 4620 Nursing Practice: Compromised Multiple Health States


NURS 4550 Nursing Practice: Leadership and Management in the Healthcare System


NURS 4580 Synthesis in Professional Nursing (CAPSTONE)




Students in the RN-BSN Articulation Track will receive 29 credit hours to be awarded toward their BSN degree for nursing courses taken during the associate degree.

Practicum Requirements

Students are required to complete and submit the following documents, also known as Practicum Readiness Documents (PRDs), before entering any practicum course. The RN-BSN Track has four practicum courses that require completion of a specific number of Practicum and Community Based Service Learning (CBSL) hours (NURS 4540, NURS 4550, NURS 4620, and NURS 4580).

All required documents must be submitted by the end of the first nursing course, NURS 4321 Nursing Theories and Online Education, in order to progress in the RN-BSN Track. Students must stay PRD compliant, for the entirety of the Track.

  1. Current, unencumbered nursing license in the U.S. or an approved U.S. territory.  All RN-BSN nursing students must have an unencumbered license as designated by the Board of Nurse Examiners (BNE) to participate in RN-BSN practicum nursing courses.  If a student’s license becomes encumbered for any reason, they must immediately notify the Coordinator of the RN-BSN Track.

    Students will be required to submit proof of their unencumbered nursing license by taking a picture or screen shot of it and uploading it to Sentry MD. Your full name, license, number, and state issued in must be clearly visible.

  2. Health Statement Form (Physical exam). Students will be required to submit a Health Statement form completed by their physician before the end of their first nursing course. Students must use the required Health Statement form that will be provided to them. 
  1. Proof of Immunizations including annual TB and Flu shots (see Immunization Requirements in the RN-BSN Handbook). 
  1. Current CPR card. As registered nurses and RN-BSN Track students, students are required to maintain a current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) card. This card certifies that the student is up to date on all of the current standards being used in the health care industry.  The School of Nursing only accepts CPR certification through the American Heart Association. 
  1. Liability insurance. All students must purchase professional liability insurance ($15.00/year) through the LU Marketplace (link to be provided in the acceptance packet). Insurance must be renewed on a yearly basis. If the student remains in the RN-BSN Track longer than one year they will be required to purchase additional insurance coverage. This insurance will not cover students at work or at times other than under supervised practicum practice. This payment is non-refundable
  1. Background check. All incoming students must have a background check completed to insure the safety of the student, university, and facilities being visited while completing practicum assignments. Background checks are conducted by PreCheck, an approved vendor specializing in background checks for healthcare workers, and must be complete before the end of your first nursing course. Background checks will be conducted by PreCheck/StudentCheck. 
  1. Color copy of driver’s license for student ID badge.  All students are required to obtain a Lamar University Student ID Badge that must be worn while completing all Practicum and CBSL hours. Students will be required to submit a color copy of their driver’s licenses. Once received the picture will be used to create an official Lamar University ID Badge. Badges will be mailed to the student’s address on file in Banner (make sure your address is up to date) and a $6.00 fee will be added to the student’s account under tuition and fees.

The documents listed above are submitted electronically through SentryMD, a vendor approved by the Dishman School of Nursing.  Detailed instructions for use of this secure service and uploading documents will be provided in the student acceptance packet. 

The cost for the background check and submission/monitoring of documents by SentryMD may vary depending on the student's state of residence.  Current costs before sales tax are:

  • Texas Residents: $91.47
  • New Mexico Residents: $90.94
  • All other states: $84.50

Please note that prices are subject to change.  This fee includes the background check and secure storage and monitoring of currency of student documentation for seven years, and SentryMD is HIPAA and FERPA compliant. 

Students have the option to purchase continued use of SentryMD's convenient service after the initial seven year period.  

Contact Information

Contact Dr. Stacey Knight
Coordinator for the RN-BSN  and RN-MSN Articulation Tracks
Email: dishman.rnbsn@lamar.edu
Phone 409-880-8821