Welcome to Nursing

Welcome to the JoAnne Gay Dishman School of Nursing. Our outstanding faculty, excellent Bachelor and Masters Programs, and great learning resources enable students to achieve their academic and career goals at Lamar University.

Dr. Cindy Stinson
Dr. Cindy Stinson


If becoming a Registered Nurse is your goal, choose our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program. We also have a special degree plan for RNs who want to become BSN prepared nurses. For advanced preparation, we offer the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) online degree which was ranked second in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. You can specialize at the MSN level in either Nursing Administration or Nursing Education. To receive individualized advising related to your career goals, see the contact information link on the left side of this web page.

We are proud to be the first endowed department at Lamar University and appreciate the added benefit of having wonderful benefactors. Our department also partners with over 90 clinical agencies to provide quality learning experiences in a variety of health care organizations. Through over two million dollars in external funding, the department provides innovative learning experiences. Students in our department work with high tech simulation equipment to gain experience and confidence in addressing the needs of patients with complex health problems. We also provide educational support services to our students through The Caring Place. This nurse staffed area enables students to ask in-depth questions on a one-on-one basis and obtain additional assistance outside of class. Through The Caring Place, students can check out laptop computers with special supplemental software on numerous nursing topics. For on-campus and distance students, we provide a plethora of resources through the Virtual Caring Place which is accessible through LU Connect (Blackboard).

Faculty use innovative teaching strategies to assist students in gaining new knowledge and skills. Two new learning resources students will benefit from are the use of net-books and electronic medical record software. These resources enable students to learn how to integrate technology into the care they provide and manage patient health information. Also, recently added interdisciplinary simulated learning experiences give students the opportunity to work with paramedics and other health care providers.

Undergraduate and graduate students benefit from faculty members’ research expertise on numerous topics ranging from international health care, domestic violence, reminiscence therapy, caring behaviors and presence with patients, just to name a few examples.

Students admitted into one our nursing programs can benefit from the numerous scholarships awarded by our department. Each year, over $70,000 in scholarships are given to nursing majors. You can review the different types of scholarships we offer by clicking on the Scholarship link. In addition, we offer Graduate Assistantships for MSN students. You are encouraged to also contact the Lamar University Scholarship Office and Financial Aid Office to learn about additional financial opportunities to enable you to pursue your career goals.

We are proud of our graduates, and employers seek out our students for employment during school and after graduation. The Texas Board of Nursing has recognized the quality of our graduates by giving the Dishman School of Nursing numerous commendations for the outstanding pass rates of our students on the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (also called state boards). Graduates from our MSN program also have high pass rates on national certification exams.

As you can determine from these brief highlights, our undergraduate students gain the knowledge, skills and abilities to join the exciting field of nursing and graduate students are able to advance in their nursing careers. Please explore our web page and call us or send an e-mail to obtain additional information. This is an exciting time to be a nurse, and Lamar University Dishman School of Nursing can assist you in making your career goals a reality.