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Upward Mobility Nursing

JANUARY 2017 Application Process:

If you wish to be considered for the January 2017 class, please complete the program application which can be found online on our application information page.  Applications, including transcripts showing courses completed in summer 2016, may be mailed or hand delivered to the nursing office no later than September 15th 2016 by 5 p.m. Students admitted in January 2017 will graduate December 2017.

The nursing office is in the new Nursing and Classroom Building, Room 104A located at 210 Front Street, Orange, Texas. Mailing address:

Lamar State College - Orange
Nursing Department
410 Front Street Street
Orange, TX 77630


A clear criminal background check is required before full acceptance into the Upward Mobility Program. According to the Texas Board of Nurses, all applicants with outstanding eligibility issues that could prevent them from taking the NCLEX examination upon completion of a nursing program are urged to contact the BON (www.bon.state.tx.us) and complete a Declaratory Order application. The Declaratory Order process permits the Board to make decisions regarding an applicant's eligibility for licensure prior to entering a nursing program. There are no exceptions to this rule. Students without a clear criminal background check from the BON will not be admitted to the Upward Mobility Nursing Program.


Applicants must meet the degree plan requirements.

  • RNSG 1300 (three hour course) Health Assessment is required. RNSG 1215 (two hour course) will no longer be accepted.
  • PSYC 1200 Learning Frameworks for Nursing is a required course and must be completed within one year of starting the nursing program.

RNSG 1300 and RNSG 1311 must be taken within five years of entering the upward mobility nursing program.

HESI Admission Assessment (A2) scores must be within one year. You may take the exam a total of two times per calendar year. A composite score of 75 on the required sections, with a Reading Comprehension Score of 80 is required for admission.

The Upward Mobility Nursing Program was developed in 1989 to meet the unique learning needs of the experienced LVN/LPN, providing these individuals with both career and educational mobility. Our philosophy holds that the experienced Licensed Vocational Nurse has a basic level of nursing knowledge upon which to build and has learning needs different from those of generic students. The UMN Program fosters the development of critical thinking skills in the clinical environment. Graduates of the UMN Program are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Our program is accredited through:

Texas Board of Nurse Examiners
333 Guadalupe St., Suite 3-460
Austin, TX 78701

Picture of Leah Anne McGee

Program Director
Leah Anne McGee

Phone: (409) 882-3307
Fax: (409) 883-9960

Nursing Classroom Bldg., Rm. 104J

Crystal Compton

Nursing Secretary
Crystal Compton

Phone: (409) 882-3344
Fax: (409) 883-9960

Nursing Classroom Bldg., Rm. 104A

Upward Mobility Nursing Faculty


Denise Lumpkin
(409) 882-3302
Allied Health Bldg., Rm. 222

Janet Lemons
(409) 882-3037
Nursing Classroom Bldg., Rm. 104H


Jennifer Trotter
(409) 882-3017
Allied Health Bldg., Rm. 236

W. Katherine Smith

(409) 882-3092

Allied Health Bldg., Rm. 220