Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the RN Transition Program?
- How long is the waiting list?
- Do I need to submit a new application each year?
- Is there a time limit on science courses?
- Should I retake courses to improve my GPA?
- How is the size of the admitting class determined?
- Can I take non-nursing courses listed on the degree plan before being accepted into the RN Transition Program?
- If I am a transfer student, how do I know my classes/credits will transfer?
- When is the application due date?
- When do classes start? How many days a week are we in class and clinical? Is each semester different from each other?
- How much does your program cost? Is there financial aid and/or scholarships available?
- Will courses in the RN Transition Program count towards a B.S.N.?
- Does your campus offer an RN to BSN program?
- If I completed courses on an old degree plan, will they still count?
- Is a two-hour Health Assessment course such as RNSG 1215 equivalent to the required Health Assessment course RNSG 1300?
What are the minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the RN Transition Program?
To be considered for admission into the RN Transition Program, you must be a Licensed Vocational/Practical Nurse, achieve the required score for each section 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."
Do I need to submit a new application each year?
Yes. The nursing department will keep your application for one year. However, to be considered for the next application period, you must submit a new application with current contact information, work history and required documents. 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.
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 RN Transition 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 prerequisites and co-requisites 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?
Sempteber 15th is the application due date for the RN Transition Program. .
How many days a week are we in class and clinical? Is each semester different from each other?
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. The program lasts three semesters.
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 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 RN to BSN program?
Lamar State College Orange does not offer a BSN program. However, we have RN to BSN articulation agreements with several Texas colleges. For additional schools offering ADN-BSN online programs, see this link: RN-BSN program.
Should I take College Algebra or Statistics?
RN Transition program Math 1342 (Statistics) is require Statistics.