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Registered Nursing Transition Program

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JANUARY 2021 Application Process:

If you wish to be considered for the January 2021 class, please complete the program application which can be found online on our application information page.  Applications may be submitted online or hand delivered to the nursing office no later than October 1, 2020 by 5 p.m. Students admitted in January 2021 will graduate December 2021.

The nursing office is located at 201 Front Street, Orange, TX in the Stark Nursing and Classroom Building, Room 104A.

Mailing address:

Lamar State College Orange
Nursing Department
P.O. Box 968
Orange, TX 77631


A clear criminal background check is required before full acceptance into the RN Transition Program. According to the Texas Board of Nursing, 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.texas.gov) 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 RN Transition 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 three years of starting the nursing program.
  • RNSG 1300 and RNSG 1311 must be taken within five years of entering the RN Transition Program.

HESI Admission Assessment (A2) scores must be within one year. You may take the exam a total of two times per calendar year. You must achieve a 75 Composite Score, an Anatomy and Physiology score of 75% or higher, and a Reading Comprehension Score of 80 to be eligible for consideration in the RH Transition program.

The RN Transition 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 RN Transition Program fosters the development of critical thinking skills in the clinical environment. Graduates of the RN Transition Program are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®).

Our program is approved through:

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

Leah Anne McGee

Associate Dean of Nursing
Leah Anne McGee
Phone: (409) 882-3307
Fax: (409) 883-9960
Nursing Classroom Bldg., Rm. 104J

Fredia Henry

Nursing Administrative Assistant
Fredia Henry

Phone: (409) 882-3344
Fax: (409) 883-9960
Nursing Classroom Bldg., Rm. 104A

RN Transition Program 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

Mandee Tucker
(409) 882-3389
Allied Health Bldg., Rm. 233