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.
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.
You may be assigned to clinical experiences during day, evening, night or weekend hours.
APPLYING TO BSN PROGRAM
- Application fee
- Official transcript
- Verification of Hepatitis B vaccination
Applications for Admission to our nursing program are evaluated on the following basis:
- Admission to Lamar University
- Transcript evaluation of previous college work. Specified test scores may be required. Official transcript evaluation by Lamar University is required for all transfer credits. Transfer credits which are not equivalent to Lamar University credits must be evaluated on an individual basis by the appropriate department chair. Evidence of physical and emotional capability of completing the program of instruction and clinical practice. Health examinations are required. Forms are available with application forms.
- Completion of all prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of "C" and GPA of 2.5 GPA.
- Have a minimum grade of "C" with a GPA of 2.5 in the sciences (Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology and Chemistry).
- Have an overall academic grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.
- Completion of all core and pre-requisites with the exception of Political Science courses prior to admission to the BSN program.
- Completion of NURS 2373 (formerly NURS 1373) Pathophysiology with a minimum grade of "C" from an accredited college or university no more than 3 years prior to admission.
- Completion of NURS 2213 Theories of Nursing with a minimum grade of "C" in at Lamar University no more than three years prior to admission.
- Three of the 4 pre-requisite sciences must be completed prior to the semester in which the application is made.
- Have taken the HESI Admission test
- Admission may be limited by available space.
Forms and Documents - Adobe Acrobat Format
- BSN Spring 2018 Application - Available in June 2017
Deadline to apply will be August 15, 2017
Hand-delivered applications with application fee must be received no later than 5:00pm on August 15, 2017
Mailed applications with application fee must be postmarked no later than August 15, 2017
- BSN Curriculum Plan - Fall Start
- BSN Curriculum Plan - Spring Start
- Policy for Criminal Background Screening
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.
Graduates must then 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 Board of Nursing for the State of Texas in order to take the NCLEX-RN examination.
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. (see Financial Aid and Awards).
Insurance & 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 & 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 practice 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 August 15th for Spring admission and February 15th 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 BSN 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
The Undergraduate Advising Center is located in the Parker Building, which is between the Setzer Student Center and the Library (number 24 on the Campus Map).
Pre-Nursing Academic Advisor:
Undergraduate Advising Center
Post Office Box 10079,
Beaumont, Texas, 77710