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Upward Mobility Nursing



At the January 2014 meeting of the Texas Board of Nurses, the status of the Upward Mobility Nursing Program was changed to conditional. This change was based on the 2013 NCLEX-RN pass rate of 77.59%. According to the BON rule, programs must maintain an NCLEX-RN pass rate of 80% or higher. We anticipate our status to be reinstated in Fall 2014, and our next program start to be in January 2015 as planned.

JANUARY 2015 Application Process:

If you wish to be considered for the January 2015 class,please complete the program application which can be found online at http://www.lsco.edu/alliedhealth/upwardmobility.asp. Applications, including transcripts showing courses completed in summer 2014, may be mailed or hand delivered to the nursing office no later than September 15th 2014 by 5 p.m. Students admitted in January 2015 will graduate December 2015.

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 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.


As of January 2014, students accepted into the UMN Program will be graduating under the new degree plan. Changes include:

  • Psychology requirements:  PSYC 2301 General Psychology and PSYC 2314 Lifespan These replace PSYC 2308 Child Psychology and PSYC 2311 Adult Development
  • MATH 1314 College Algebra is required. COSI 1301 is no longer accepted.

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) 882-3942

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

Melody Antoon
(409) 882-3092
Allied Health Bldg., Rm. 220

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