Dishman Department of Nursing

Bachelor Of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program is a four year program designed to prepare professional nurses to meet community and state needs for nurses who can assume leadership in the delivery of health care. (See the degree plan link at the bottom of this page.) Students are admitted into the BSN Program Fall and Spring Semesters. Application Deadlines for Fall Admission is March 1st and the Deadline for Spring is October 1st.

BSN graduates are prepared to think logically by synthesizing information from various disciplines and analyzing problems critically, commensurate with the level of education. The BSN graduate functions with a longitudinal focus across time from preadmission to discharge. The BSN graduate is prepared to practice in structured, unstructured, and evolving health care settings. The focus of care is broad. The BSN graduate is prepared to deliver health care to individuals and families as clients as well as aggregates, communities and societies within the context of their environment. BSN graduates are also prepared to incorporate research findings, utilize technology, pursue graduate education and life-long learning.

Students of nursing meet course requirements through didactic courses, laboratory assignments, and clinical experience in health care facilities under supervision of University faculty. Graduates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in order to receive licensure to practice professional nursing. Graduates will be required to meet criteria established by the Board of Nursing for the State of Texas in order to take the NCLEX-RN examination.

Completion of the program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

For an appointment or more information please call the Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC) - (409) 880-8822 or (409) 880-8954 - or e-mail

Nursing Academic Advisor: Undergraduate Advising Center, Post Office Box 10079, Beaumont, Texas, 77710.  The Undergraduate Advising Center is located in the Parker Building, which is between the Setzer Student Center and the Library (number 20 on the Campus Map).


PLEASE NOTE: Beginning with those applying for Spring 2014 admission into the BSN Program, all core courses and pre-requisites must be complete before entering the BSN Program, with the exception of Political Science and PE.


Steps for Applying to B. S. N. Program

Students enrolled at Lamar University must submit an nursing program application.

Students not enrolled at Lamar University must submit TWO separate applications: one for admission to Lamar University (obtained on Apply Texas) and one for admission to the Nursing program. The applications may be obtained by clicking on the application link below or the link on our Online Forms page.

Requests to transfer to Lamar from another nursing program are considered on a case-by-case basis, as long as the student has not failed any nursing courses in any prior nursing program.

Applications must be received by October 1 prior to the Spring semester admission is sought Or March 1st prior to the Fall semester admission is sought. The following items must accompany the application to the Nursing program:

  • Application fee
  • Official transcript
  • Verification of Hepatits B vaccination

To be considered for admission the student must:

1. Have completed all prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of "C" (see BSN degree plan)
2. Have completed or be enrolled in NURS 1373 Pathophysiology and NURS 2213 Theories in Nursing before applying for admission.
3. Have a minimum 2.5 GPA in science courses and pre-requisites. A minimum career overall GPA is also required.
4. Have a minimum grade of "C" in all pre-requisite courses. Three of the 4 pre-requisite sciences must be completed prior to the semester in which the application is made.
5. Completion of all core courses prior to admission, with the exception of POLS 2301, POLS 2302 and PE.
6. Also see Admission to Department of Nursing criteria in the LU catalog and in the Prospective Undergraduate Students section of this web site.
7. Have taken the HESI Admission test (see HESI Admission Information and FAQ and Taking HESI at a Location Other Than Lamar University)
8. Process For Hesi Admission Assessment Test


Essential Physical Competencies for Nursing

In order to meet the physical demands of Lamar University's nursing program, the following essential physical competencies have been identified:

The ability to:

  • Perform extended walking and standing daily
  • Graps, push and/or pull
  • Bend and stoop
  • Move quickly in response to an emergency
  • Use upper body movements
  • Carry and move equipment
  • Reach and/or lift a minimum of 50 pounds
  • See physical changes and administer medication
  • Hear and respond to physical and verbal cues
  • Utilize the sense of touch for assessment and palpation puposes


Forms and Documents - Adobe Acrobat Format

Please contact the Nursing Information Center for current Application Information (409) 880-8868.


The BSN program also provides an opportunity for Registered Nurses who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. This special track is called the RN-BSN Articulation track. Contact Craig Thomas, Academic Advisor for the RN-BSN Articulation Track by calling (409) 880-7295 or e-mail