Frequently Asked Questions

What are the minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the ADN Program?

To be considered for admission into the RN Transition Program, you must be a Licensed Vocational/Practical Nurse, achieve the required score on the Evolve Reach Admission Assessment (A2), complete all prerequisites prior to the start of the program and submit the completed application by the due date.

How long is the waiting list?

While there may be a wait to be admitted to the RN Transition Program after completing all admission requirements, the program does not have a "waiting list." Applicants who are not selected for admission may remain in the applicant pool by submitting an updated application and transcript. Those applicants are then re-ranked during the next review and reconsidered for admission. The applicant's rank may change from one review to the next. Because of the limited clinical facilities available to the students and the large number of applicants, qualified applicants may wait one or two periods before their rank is high enough for admission.

Do I need to submit a new application each year?

The nursing department will keep your application for one year. However, to be considered for the next class, you must submit a new application with current contact information, work history and transcripts. Applications with no activity for 12 months will be destroyed.

Is there a time limit on science courses?

RNSG 1300 Health Assessment and RNSG1311 Nursing Pathophysiology must be completed within five years of entering the RN Transition Program.

Should I retake courses to improve my GPA?

The decision to repeat courses is up to the individual candidate. Grades for prerequisite courses taken more than one time are averaged.

How is the size of the admitting class determined?

The total number of students that can be admitted to a class is determined by rules and regulations mandated by the Texas Board of Nursing. The rule governing class sizes states: "The number of students admitted to the program shall be determined by the number of qualified faculty, adequate educational facilities and resources, and the availability of appropriate clinical learning experience for students." (Rules & Regulations 215.15a)

Can I take non-nursing courses listed on the degree plan before being accepted into the ADN Program?

Students awaiting admission into the RN Transition Program are encouraged to complete all non-nursing co-requisite courses from the degree plan during the waiting period. All courses on the degree plan which are completed by the application deadline are considered in the admission rating scale.

If I am a transfer student, how do I know my classes/credits will transfer?

Courses taken in Texas should have the same reference number.  For additional information, please contact the transcript evaluator at (409) 882-3398 or by e-mail.

When is the application due date?

Applications are accepted one time a year. The deadline for applications is posted on the website.

When do classes start? How many days a week are we in class and clinical? Is each semester different from each other?

The program admits new applicants each January. The program lasts three semesters. The number of days students must devote to the program varies each semester. Each semester has a clinical component which is completed at facilities in the Golden Triangle area.

How much does your program cost? Is there financial aid and/or scholarships available?

The cost of the program is available on our website. For information regarding financial aid, contact the Office of Financial Aid at (409) 882-3317 or by financial aid office e-mail. Scholarships for health care professionals are available throughout the program. The nursing department shares scholarship information with the eligible students as it becomes available.

Will courses in the RN Transition Program count towards a B.S.N.?

Students who plan to transfer to a BSN program should contact that program and get a commitment in writing that this course is transferable. All courses are transferable to any other Texas College that has the same Workforce Education Course Manual (WECM) course number. Students need to inform their academic advisor of their educational goals so that the student can register for the most appropriate courses.

Does your campus offer an ADN to BSN program?

Lamar State College Orange does not offer a BSN program. However, we have RN BSN articulation agreements with several Texas colleges. for additional schools offering ADN-BSN online programs, see this link: ADN-BSN program.

If I completed courses on an old degree plan, will they still count?

As of January 2014, all newly enrolled students must complete courses on the current degree plan. If you have been continuously enrolled as a PNUR student at LSCO, you may graduate under the degree plan as stated in the school catalog at that time. You must contact the program director for a written degree plan.

Is a two hour Health Assessment course, such as RNSG 1215 equivalent to the required Health Assessment course RNSG 1300?

No, you must complete a three hour Health Assessment course to meet the degree requirements.

Should I take College Algebra or Statistics?

For the RN Transition program either Math 1314 (Algebra) or Math 1342 (Statistics) is accepted.  However, most BSN programs require Statistics.  If you are planning to obtain your BSN, you should consider taking Statistics to satisfy the math prerequisite.