JoAnne Gay Dishman School of Nursing

Location: 233 McFaddin Ward Health Sciences Building

Nursing Advising for Pre-Nursing Students (409) 880-8822

Advising for RN-BSN and RN-MSN (409) 880-8872

Advising for MSN (409) 880-8872

Chair: Dr. Cynthia Stinson, (409) 880-8817, 233 McFaddin Ward Health Sciences Building

Degree Coordinators:

  • Director of Undergraduate Nursing Studies, Dr. Iva Hall, 254 McFaddin Ward Health Sciences Building, (409) 880-8831
  • Coordinator of RN-BSN and RN-MSN Articulation Tracks, Dr. Stacey Knight, 248 McFaddin Ward Health Sciences Building, (409) 880-8821
  • Director of Graduate Nursing Studies, Dr. Ruthie Robinson, 252 McFaddin Ward Health Sciences Building, (409) 880-7720

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - 120 hours

RN/BSN Articulation Track – 120 hours

Graduate

Master of Science in Nursing – (Nursing Administration or Nursing Education) 37 hours

Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration Dual Degree - 61 hours

RN-MSN Articulation Track - 157 hours

The JoAnne Gay Dishman School of Nursing faculty believe in preparing students to become competent graduates who provide quality nursing care to diverse populations in an ever-changing society. Personal, social, and professional strengths of the graduates are developed to form a basis for continued growth.

Nursing is based on the concepts of professional integrity, effective communication, active inquiry, and service to the community. The goals of nursing are to assist humanity in disease prevention, health promotion, health maintenance and restoration, and the support of death with dignity. Nursing utilizes a spirit of caring, interpersonal communication, critical thinking, and therapeutic interventions to contribute to the health of the individual and society. The responsibility of nurses is to utilize the nursing process to assist people to meet health care needs and to attain health-related goals. The faculty believe in the preparation of professional nurses for four major roles: member of the profession, provider of patient-centered care, patient safety advocate and member of the healthcare team.

Baccalaureate Degree graduates are prepared with a broad perspective and understanding of society, the environment, and people as diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities. Baccalaureate education incorporates a broad range of basic, behavioral and social sciences, communication and data analysis content to provide a strong foundation for future critical thinking and problem solving. A baccalaureate degree is the most common requirement for entry into graduate nursing education where nurses may further develop their professional roles to become nurse educators, researchers, administrators or advanced practice nurses.

Undergraduate pre-licensure nursing students meet course requirements through didactic courses, laboratory and simulation activities, and clinical experience in healthcare facilities under the supervision of university faculty.  Licensed Registered Nurses (RNs) in the articulation tracks and graduate program meet course requirements through didactic courses, laboratory activities, practicum and projects. Students are expected to adhere to rules and regulations of Lamar University and the various agencies to which they are assigned. Specific policies may be obtained from the handbook for the respective program or track.

Pre-licensure graduates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in order to receive licensure to practice professional nursing. Graduates will be required to meet criteria established by the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON) in order to take the NCLEX-RN examination.

The JoAnne Gay Dishman School of Nursing offers two graduate tracks leading to the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree and one dual track in nursing and business. Persons seeking admission may pursue the degree on a full or part-time basis. Potential students who qualify with a high GPA and are graduates of a nationally accredited undergraduate program may have the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) waived in the admission process. 

Lamar University nursing programs are fully accredited by the Texas Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, phone 404.975.5000, fax 404.975.5020).

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Director of Undergraduate Nursing Studies: Dr. Iva Hall 254 McFaddin-Ward Health Sciences Building

Degree Course Requirements - BSN

Completion of the program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Recipients of the degree are eligible to make application to take the NCLEX-RN exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN).

The baccalaureate program also provides an opportunity for Registered Nurses who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. This special track is called the RN-BSN Articulation Track. Please refer to separate admission requirements in the appropriate section below.

Admission and Progression

Students seeking admission to the pre-licensure baccalaureate (BSN) nursing program must submit an Application for Admission to Nursing. Admission to the nursing program is very competitive. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in pre-requisite courses and in required science courses, have met the THEA requirement, and be in good standing in the university with an overall career GPA of no less than 2.0.

Students not enrolled at Lamar University must submit two separate applications: one for admission to Lamar (ApplyTexas), and one for admission to the nursing program (obtained from the Nursing Information Center, Room 255, McFaddin-Ward Health Sciences Building or on the Forms page of the JoAnne Gay Dishman School of Nursing website).

Applications for admission to the nursing programs must be received by February 15 prior to the Fall semester admission and August 15 for Spring semester admission. The following items must accompany the application:

  • Application fee,
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended,
  • Official transcript evaluation by Lamar University,
  • Pre-admission test scores (HESI™ A2)

Applicants are urged to follow application instructions carefully to ensure processing by the Admissions Committee. Admission to the nursing program is competitive. Students are responsible for assuring that their applications are complete, including the transcript evaluation. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Students seeking readmission are required to submit an application and fee.

Applications for admission to the pre-licensure BSN program are evaluated competitively on the following basis (admission is limited by available space):

  1. Admission to the university (See Admissions section of this bulletin.)
  2. Transcript evaluation of previous college work.
  3. Completion of all pre-requisite courses and science courses with a minimum grade of "C" and a 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. Three of the four prerequisite sciences must be completed prior to the semester in which the application is made.
  6. Pre-admission exam scores (HESI™ A2). A minimum score of 79 is required on the Reading section of the entrance exam. (Contact Nursing Information Center for information.)

All core courses (including pre-requisites), with the exception of Political Science, must be completed prior to entering the BSN program. 

Official transcript evaluation by Lamar University is required for all transfer credits. Transfer credits which are not equivalent to Lamar credits must be evaluated on an individual basis by the appropriate department chair.  Technical credits will not transfer to Lamar University.

To be considered for admission to the BSN program, the student must:

  1. Have completed all prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of "C" and GPA of 2.5.
  2. Have a minimum grade of "C" with a GPA of 2.5 in the sciences (Biology and Chemistry courses).
  3. Have an overall academic GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  4. Have a minimum grade of "C" in Nursing Pathophysiology from an accredited college or university that was earned no more than 3 years prior to admission.  This course must be passed within a maximum of three attempts.  After three attempts, students must wait three years to retake the course.
  5. Have a minimum grade of "C" in Theories of Nursing taken at Lamar University no more than 3 years prior to admission.  This course must be passed within a maximum of three attempts. After three attempts, students must wait three years to retake the course.
  6. Take the School of Nursing designated pre-admission exam (HESI™ A2). A minimum score of 79 is required on the Reading section of the entrance exam.

As part of the admission process, students are required to:

  • Complete a criminal background screening
  • Obtain Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification
  • Document essential health competencies
  • Update immunizations
  • Obtain nursing liability insurance

Students accepting admission into the Undergraduate Program must meet Standards for Nursing Students. Students must also demonstrate emotional capability for completing the program's instructional and clinical practice. The Texas Board of Nursing (TBON) requires students to report significant mental diagnoses and treatment to TBON, as well as any involvement in illegal activities or arrests.

For progression in the program, a minimum grade of "C" must be earned in all nursing courses, and an overall academic GPA of 2.0 must be maintained in all course work.

Students are required to earn a passing grade in each nursing course, while following the sequence identified on the program of study. A BSN student who fails a nursing course must apply for readmission to progress in the program.  Re-admission to the program is not guaranteed and is based on space availability, assessment of previous performance in the program and grades. BSN students requesting readmission must submit an application for readmission to the Nursing Admissions Committee.

If re-admitted, the BSN student must repeat all designated co-requisite courses.  BSN students may be readmitted only one time. Under no circumstances may a nursing course be repeated more than once.  Failing two nursing courses results in program failure and the student will be ineligible for readmission for five years. Progression policies are published in the Baccalaureate Nursing Student Handbook.

See the Baccalaureate Nursing Student Handbook for specific policies. The handbook is available by contacting the Dishman School of Nursing, (409) 880-8831, and on the School of Nursing website.

Students seeking to transfer from another nursing program are admitted on a space-available basis. Students who have been unsuccessful ("D" or lower) in one or more nursing course(s) at another nursing program are not eligible for admission.

Additional costs above tuition and fees are involved in nursing programs. Uniforms, equipment, instruments, liability insurance, health examinations, immunization costs, CPR certification, special testing fees, course packet fees, additional laboratory/clinical fees and transportation to clinical facilities are the student's responsibility. Financial aid is available for eligible students (see Financial Aid and Awards section of this catalog).

Liability insurance, CPR certification, health examinations and immunizations must be renewed each year of the nursing program. Students may be assigned to clinical experiences during day, evening, night or weekend hours. Clinical agencies may require additional health examinations, dress codes or conformity with other policies. Students will be informed in advance of such requirements.

Eligibility for Graduation

In addition to the university graduation requirements and compliance with the written degree plan, pre-licensure students must pass a nationally standardized examination designated by the department in order to graduate from the program. The courses of the final semester of the program constitutes the capstone experience. The School of Nursing requires that all other course requirements are completed prior to entry into the final capstone semester. Further explanation is provided in the Baccalaureate Nursing Student Handbook.

 




Articulation Tracks

RN – BSN Articulation Track

Coordinator: Dr. Stacey Knight, 248 McFaddin-Ward Health Sciences Building Phone (409) 880-8821

Degree Course Requirements - RN to BSN Articulation Track

The flexible online RN-BSN track is designed for the career-oriented registered nurse seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Admission to Lamar University is required as well as admission to the RN–BSN Articulation Track in the Dishman Department of Nursing. Official transcripts from other colleges or universities must be evaluated by Lamar University.

RN–BSN Articulation Track Admission Criteria

RN-BSN students are admitted five times per year (January, March, June, August and October). Applications are processed through ApplyTexas.  Follow the instructions carefully so that the correct major is chosen. If the wrong major is selected, there can be a delay in the admission decision.

To be considered for admission to the RN-BSN Track, the student must:

  1. Have an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree (AASN or ADN) or Diploma in Nursing from an approved program.
  2. Apply and be admitted to Lamar University.
  3. Have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.  Students with a cumulative GPA between 2.4 and 2.49 may be admitted on a conditional basis, allowing them to enroll 6 hours of nursing courses and must earn a grade of "B" or better to progress in the RN-BSN Track.
  4. Have a current, unencumbered license to practice professional nursing (RN) in the U.S. or an approved U.S. territory.

The Admission Process is as follows:

  1. The student should follow the instructions for ApplyTexas, selecting the correct degree code and the semester in which the student wants to enroll.
  2. Send official transcripts to the Admissions office at Lamar University Admissions Office, P.O. Box 10009, Beaumont, Texas, 77710.
  3. The Lamar University Admissions Office will then determine the student's admission status, and what courses will transfer. Admissions will send an email with the decision regarding the student's acceptance to Lamar University.
  4. After Lamar University admits the student, the School of Nursing will be notified.
  5. The School of Nursing will review the student’s file and transcripts to determine if the student meets the admission requirements for the RN-BSN Track.
  6. Accepted students will receive a packet by email from the School of Nursing providing them with details regarding their degree and the requirements necessary to progress in the track. Students will need to review the packet and their degree plan through degree audit on Self-Service Banner.
  7. After students have reviewed the acceptance packet, they must email their advisor confirming their acceptance and notify the advisor of the course(s) in which they would like to enroll.

Curriculum Plan for RN to BSN Track

Full time students can complete the RN-BSN track in 11 months (if all core courses are fulfilled prior to admission).  All nursing courses in the RN-BSN track are 8 weeks long.  General education courses are either 8 weeks or 15 weeks long and can be completed concurrently with nursing courses. 

Students are required to take Nursing Theories and Online Education (NURS 4321) as their first nursing course.  NURS 4321 may be taken simultaneously with Comprehensive Holistic Health Assessment (NURS 4316). NURS 4316 has 3 pre-requisites:  Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402) and Microbiology (BIOL 2420).  Statistics (PSYC 2317 or MATH 1342) is a pre-requisite for Nursing Inquiry and Evidence-based Practice (NURS 4390).  Synthesis in Professional Nursing (NURS 4580) is a capstone course which requires all other nursing courses to be completed before enrolling.

Students are required to consult with an RN-BSN Articulation Track Advisor (409-880-8872) before each semester to discuss the best option for their academic progress.  Students may enroll on a full time or part-time basis and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Progression in the RN-BSN Track

Students are required to earn a grade of “C” or better in each nursing course, while following the sequence identified for the program of study.

In order to progress in the RN-BSN Track students are required to:

  • Maintain a current unencumbered nursing license
  • Complete a criminal background screening
  • Obtain Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification
  • Submit to a physical exam completed by their physician
  • Provide documentation of current immunizations
  • Obtain nursing liability insurance

These requirements are the responsibility of the student and are not included in Lamar’s tuition and fees. Students are required to renew immunizations, CPR certification, and liability insurance annually.

Escrow Courses for RN-BSN Students

RN-BSN students will be awarded 30 hours of Nursing credits via escrow, which will be added to the student's transcript once the nursing capstone course, NURS 4580, has been completed.

Transfer Credits

Credit earned at other regionally accredited institutions will be considered for transfer to Lamar University based on the policies outlined in the Transfer Credit Evaluation section of the Lamar University Undergraduate Admissions Process and Requirement section of this catalog for more information. Lamar University is unable to transfer credits for technical credit courses earned at another institution. Please speak with advisor regarding questions about technical credit courses.

 

RN-MSN Articulation Track

Coordinator: Dr. Stacey Knight, McFaddin-Ward Health Sciences Building Phone (409) 880-8821

The flexible online RN-MSN track is an additional option designed for the career-oriented registered nurse seeking a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. Nurses choose from the Nursing Administration Track or Nursing Education Track for the graduate portion of the curriculum. Admission to Lamar University is required as well as admission to the RN–MSN Articulation Track in the Dishman School of Nursing. Official transcripts from other colleges or universities must be evaluated by Lamar University.

Degree Course Requirements – RN-MSN Articulation Track

RN- MSN Articulation Track Admission Criteria

RN-MSN students are admitted five times per year (January, March, June, August and October). Applications are made through ApplyTexas. Follow the application instructions carefully so that the correct major is chosen. If the wrong major is selected, there can be a delay in the admission decision.

Requirements for Admission to the RN-MSN Track:

  1. Graduate of an Associate Degree or Diploma nursing program.
  2. Acceptance to Lamar University.
  3. Overall grade point average of 3.0 or above. If grade point average is between 2.75 and 2.99, a satisfactory MAT score will be required.
  4. Current unencumbered RN license to practice professional nursing in the United States or an approved U.S. Territory.

The Admission Process is as follows:

  1. The student should follow the instructions for ApplyTexas, selecting the correct degree code and the semester in which the student wants to enroll.
  2. Send official transcripts to the Admissions office at Lamar University Admissions Office, P.O. Box 10009, Beaumont, Texas, 77710.
  3. The Lamar University Admissions Office will then determine the student's admission status, and what courses will transfer. Admissions and will send an email with the decision regarding the student's acceptance to Lamar University.
  4. After Lamar University admits the student, the School of Nursing will be notified.
  5. The School of Nursing will review the students’ file and transcripts to determine if the student meets the admission requirements for the RN-MSN Track.
  6. Accepted students will receive a packet by email from the School of Nursing providing them with details regarding their degree and the requirements necessary to progress in the track. Students will need to review the packet and their degree plan through degree audit on Self-Service Banner.
  7. After students have reviewed the acceptance packet, they must email their advisor confirming their acceptance and notify the advisor of the course(s) in which they would like to enroll.

Curriculum Plan for RN-MSN Track

Students may complete the RN-MSN Track in 36 months (provided all core courses are fulfilled prior to admission). 

Students are required to begin with MSNC 5310 Theoretical Foundations as their first nursing course in this track, and may be taken with or before NURS 4316. NURS 4316 has 3 pre-requisites:  Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402) and Microbiology (BIOL 2420). . The remaining BSN-level courses (NURS 4540, NURS 4550, and NURS 4620) and in MSNC 5311 Nursing Research must be completed before enrolling MSNC 5315 Advanced Nursing Issues. Statistics (PSYC 2317 or MATH 1342) must be taken before Nursing Research (MSNC 5311). Students are required to earn a passing grade in each nursing course, while following the sequence identified for the program of study.

The final, capstone course for the BSN portion of the track is MSNC 5315 Advanced Nursing Issues, and upon successful completion of the course, students may apply to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (provided all other course requirements are complete) before continuing to the remaining graduate level nursing courses in the track.

Students are required to consult with an RN-MSN Articulation Track Advisor (409-880-8872) before each semester to discuss the best options for their academic progress.  Students may enroll on a full time or part time basis.

Progression in the RN-MSN Track

Students in the RN-MSN track must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. RN-MSN Track students with GPAs between 2.9 and 2.0 will no longer qualify for the RN-MSN Track, but may continue in the RN-BSN Track if they meet the RN-BSN progression policy requirements.

To remain in the RN-MSN Track, students must earn a grade of “B” or above in the following courses:

  • MSNC 5310 Theoretical Foundations
  • MSNC 5311 Nursing Research
  • MSNC 5315 Advanced Nursing Issues
Students are required to earn a grade of “C” or better in each of the following courses:
  • NURS 4316 Comprehensive Holistic Health Assessment
  • NURS 4540 Nursing Practice: Care of Communities
  • NURS 4550 Nursing Practice: Leadership and Management
  • NURS 4620 Nursing Practice: Multiple Health States

In order to progress in the RN-BSN Track students are required to:

  • Maintain a current unencumbered nursing license
  • Complete a criminal background screening
  • Obtain Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification
  • Submit to a physical exam completed by their physician
  • Provide documentation of current immunizations
  • Obtain nursing liability insurance

These requirements are the responsibility of the student and are not included in Lamar’s tuition and fees. Students are required to renew immunizations, CPR certification, and liability insurance annually.

Escrow Courses for RN-MSN Students

RN-MSN students will be awarded 30 hours of undergraduate Nursing credits via escrow, which will be added to the student's transcript once all nursing coursework from the BSN portion of the curriculum has been completed.

Transfer Credits

Credit earned at other regionally accredited institutions will be considered for transfer to Lamar University based on the policies outlined in the Transfer Credit Evaluation section of the Lamar University Undergraduate Admissions Process and Requirement section of this catalog for more information. Transfer of graduate-level credits is addressed under Academic Policies of the College of Graduate Studies of the Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures section of this catalog. Lamar University is unable to transfer credits for technical credit courses earned at another institution. Please speak with advisor regarding questions about technical credit courses.

Graduate Program 

Director of Graduate Nursing Studies:  Dr. Ruthie Robinson, 252A McFaddin-Ward Health Sciences Building: (409) 880-7720

The JoAnne Gay Dishman School of Nursing offers two graduate tracks leading to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree and one dual track in nursing and business. The graduate nursing program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Persons seeking admission may pursue the degree on a full or part-time basis. Potential students who qualify with a high GPA and are graduates of a nationally accredited undergraduate program may waive the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in the admission process.

Additionally, the RN-MSN Articulation Track (described above) provides an opportunity for nurses with an Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing to pursue a MSN degree.

 

Master of Science in Nursing  

Nursing Administration Track 

Degree Course Requirements - MSN Administration Track

The Nursing Administration track provides registered nurses with preparation for advanced roles as Nurse Administrators. Primary focus is placed on advanced knowledge central to organization, management, leadership, and healthcare policy. Research and theory are used to explore issues related to patient outcomes. Nursing Administration courses and business support courses in financial accounting and marketing prepare leaders for a rapidly changing healthcare environment. Practicum experiences provide administrative learning and opportunities.

Nursing Education Track 

Degree Course Requirements - MSN Education Track

The Nursing Education track provides registered nurses with the theoretical knowledge and skills necessary to become educators in academic and healthcare settings. Particular focus is placed on teaching-learning strategies and theories, curriculum development, measurement and evaluation, and role development as an educator. Practicum experiences provide the student with expert teacher mentors in the nursing education environment.

Dual Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration (MSN/MBA) 

Degree Course Requirements - MSN/MBA Dual Degree

This degree provides the nurse executive with leadership skills for complex healthcare organizations. Advanced knowledge from nursing administration, business, finance, and the managerial arena prepares a well-rounded nurse leader.

Graduate Admission 

MSN students are admitted five times per year (January, March, June, August and October). Applications are made through ApplyTexas. Nurses seeking admission to the MSN program at Lamar University, JoAnn Gay Dishman School of Nursing must meet the following requirements: 

  1. Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from a nationally accredited undergraduate program (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)).
  2. 3.0 GPA or higher for all undergraduate and graduate course work.
  3. Satisfactory scores on either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogy Test (MAT) taken within the last five years. Entrance exams may be waived for those who graduate with a BSN from a nationally accredited program and possess an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  4. A GPA of less than 2.75 will not be considered for admission.
  5. Current unencumbered, verifiable RN license from any state in the United States or territories covered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
  6. College statistics course with a grade of "C" or better.
  7. Clear criminal background check.
  8. Health and Immunization Record documentation.

The Admission Process is as follows:

  1. The student should follow the instructions for ApplyTexas, selecting the correct degree code and the semester in which the student wants to enroll.
  2. Send official transcripts to the Admissions office at Lamar University Admissions Office, P.O. Box 10009, Beaumont, Texas, 77710.
  3. Only after all transcripts have been received can the Office of Graduate Nursing Studies determine the student's admission status, GRE requirement, whether and what courses will transfer, and will send an email as to the student's admission acceptance.
  4. The Office of Graduate Nursing Studies will contact the student to arrange a mandatory advising appointment, discuss plan of study, and mail an official letter of acceptance to the student.
  5. Following the mandatory advisement, the students will be responsible for enrolling in the specified courses for their accepted term by using their Self-Service Banner accounts.

Degree Requirements 

  1. Meet all graduate degree requirements.
  2. Complete 37 semester hours of graduate work as specified by the School of Nursing including at least 4 hours of Advanced Role Practicum in the selected track.
  3. Successfully complete a synthesis exercise and evidence-based project.
  4. Meet the specific requirements listed in the College of Arts and Sciences, JoAnne Gay Dishman School of Nursing section of this catalog.

Academic Standards 

  1. A written synthesis exercise and evidence-based project are required.
  2. Alternate admission criteria may be used for admittance by using a formula method that considers both the undergraduate GPA and MAT score and approval of the graduate faculty.

See the Graduate Nursing Studies Student Handbook for specific policies. The handbook is available from the Graduate Nursing Studies Office, P.O. Box 10081, Beaumont, Texas 77710, (409) 880-7720.

Transfer Credits

Transfer of graduate-level credits is addressed under Academic Policies of the College of Graduate Studies of the Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures section of this catalog.