How to Apply to the Vocational Nursing Program

General Admission Requirements

Before being accepted into the Vocational Nursing Program, you must meet the LSCO general admission requirements. Please contact the Office of Admissions and Records at (409) 882-3364 or by e-mail, if you have questions or need assistance.

Special Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Vocational Nursing Program at LSCO, students must:

  • be accepted as a student at Lamar State College-Orange;
  • submit transcripts of all college work to the Nursing and Classroom Building;
  • satisfy the ATI TEAS requirements;
  • have a grade of "C" or better in BIOL 2301, 2101-Human Anatomy and Physiology I and BIOL 2302, 2102-Anatomy and Physiology II. Although completion of BIOL 1322-Principles of Nutrition and PSYC 2314-Lifespan Growth and Development is not required for admission to the VN Program, it is required to graduate. Those grades will add points on the admission rating scale;
  • have a minimum grade of "C" or better in VNSG 1323-Basic Nursing Skills and a satisfactory "S" grade in VNSG 1160-Clinical I Practical Nurse or a minimum score of 80 on the VNSG 1323/VNSG 1160 Basic Nursing Challenge Exam; *
  • submit a complete application to the Nursing and Classroom Building; and
  • show proof of good mental and physical health.

* Experienced nurses' aides or certified nurses' aides (CNAs) may be exempt from the VNSG 1323-Basic Nursing Skills and VNSG-1160 Clinical I classes by passing the Basic Nursing Challenge Exam with a minimum score of 80 and with the permission of the Vocational Nursing Program Director. The challenge exam is given at the LSCO Testing Center. Contact the Testing Center at (409) 882-3330 for an appointment to take the exam. The cost of the challenge exam is $25. The exam may only be taken one time.

Students must maintain "C" or better grades in ALL courses on the degree plan and overall 2.0 grade point averages (GPA's), on all coursework on the degree plan to graduate from the LSCO VN Program. Complete information about the Vocational Nursing Program, including admission requirements, application deadlines and current application forms, is available from the Allied Health Division.

Completion of the VN Program does NOT guarantee that a graduate may take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). The Texas Board of Nursing may disqualify an applicant from obtaining licensure who can answer "yes" to any of the following (see criminal background check information):

  • Have you been practicing as a licensed vocational nurse within the past four (4) years?

  • Have you ever held a Texas Licensed Vocational Nurse License?

  • Have you ever been convicted, placed on community supervision whether or not adjudicated guilty, sentenced to serve jail or prison time or granted pre-trial diversion, or plead guilty, no contest or nolo contendere to any crime in any state, territory or country, or received a court order whether or not a sentence was imposed, including any pending criminal charges or unresolved arrests whether or not on appeal (excluding minor Class C traffic violations)? This includes expunged offenses and deferred adjudications with or without a finding of guilt. Please note that DUIs, DWIs, and Pls must be reported and are not considered minor traffic violations. One time minor in possession [MIP] or minor in consumption [MIC] does not need to be disclosed; therefore, you may answer "No." If you have two or more MIPs or MICs, you must answer "Yes." You may answer "No" if you have previously disclosed a criminal matter otherwise responsive to this question in a renewal and/or licensure form.

  • Do you have any criminal charges pending, including unresolved arrests?

  • Has any licensing authority refused to issue you a license or ever revoked, annulled, canceled, accepted the surrender of, suspended, placed on probation, refused to renew a license, certificate or multi-state privilege held by you now or previously, or ever fined, censured, reprimanded or otherwise disciplined you?

  • Within the past five (5) years have you been addicted to and/or treated for the use of alcohol or any other drug?

  • Within the past five (5) years have you been diagnosed with, treated, or hospitalized for schizophrenia and/or psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder or a borderline personality disorder?

If you must answer "yes" to any of these questions, you will have to undergo an investigation by the Texas Board of Nursing before you will be accepted into the nursing program. Answering "yes" will not necessarily keep you from acceptance into the program. Failure to answer truthfully may result in disciplinary action by the Board.

Graduation Requirements