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Lamar State College - Port Arthur Allied Health Upward Mobility Nursing Program

Upward Mobility Nursing Program

The Upward Mobility LVN to ADN Nursing Program operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

  • Treated with dignity and respect;

  • Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

  • Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

  • Provided an opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

The Upward Mobility LVN to ADN Nursing Program will admit a new class to begin January 2016. The proposed program will be a one year campus-based program. Applicants must be Licensed Vocational Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses with a clear and unencumbered Vocational Nursing license before full acceptance into the program.

Program Description

The Upward Mobility Nursing Program leads to the Associate of Applied Science degree and prepares graduates for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a Registered Nurse (RN).

This Upward Mobility Nursing Program was developed to meet the unique learning needs of the LVN/LPN. It is designed to provide sound educational experience, ensure competence in nursing, and achieve the LVN/LPN goal of career advancement to the Registered Nurse level with minimal duplication of educational preparation.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Have a current, unencumbered Vocational or Practical Nursing license to be admitted to the program.
  • Complete the application process for general admission to Lamar State College – Port Arthur.
  • Review the application process for the Upward Mobility Nursing Program in the ADSN Spring 2016 Application Packet.
  • Complete the Upward Mobility Nursing Program application packet, with supporting documents, and submit prior to the deadline indicated in the application packet.


  • ADSN Application Packet  PDF Logo Microsoft Word Logo

The Lamar State College – Port Arthur Upward Mobility LVN to RN Nursing Program will begin Spring 2016. The number of students admitted to any class is governed by the requirements of the Texas Board of Nursing. The goal of the Upward Mobility Nursing Standards Committee is the selection of the best qualified applicants.

The Program Admission Rating Form was developed to aid in the objective selection of the class. Applicants are ranked according to their score on the Program Admission Rating Form. In any given admission period, those applicants having the highest scores are the ones admitted to the program.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open access institution. All available slots are filled with the most qualified applicants available in any given admission period.

Successful completion of the Lamar State College – Port Arthur Upward Mobility Nursing Program does NOT guarantee that a graduate may take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The Texas Board of Nursing, 333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460, Austin, TX 78701-394, (512) 305-7400, has identified certain circumstances that may render a potential candidate ineligible for licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Texas.  The Board provides individuals the opportunity to petition the Board for a Declaratory Order as to their eligibility in accordance with Article 301.257 of the Nursing Practice Act.

If you are required to answer "YES" to any of the following questions, you must complete the Petition for Declaratory Order process. Processing your Petition for Declaratory Order may take 4 to 12 months, or longer, after you provide all required documentation and depending on your circumstance. Once all requested documents have been received, you will be notified that the Petition has been transferred to the Enforcement Department for review.

  • For any criminal offense, including those pending appeal, have you:
    A. been convicted of a misdemeanor?
    B. been convicted of a felony?
    C. pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty?
    D. received deferred adjudication?
    E. been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not adjudicated guilty?
    F. been sentenced to serve jail or prison time or court-ordered confinement?
    G. been granted pre-trial diversion?
    H. been arrested or have any pending criminal charges?
    I. been cited or charged with any violation of the law?
    J. been subject of a court-martial; Article 15 violation; or received any form of military judgment/punishment/action?

    NOTE: You may only exclude Class C misdemeanor traffic violations.
To obtain a copy of the Petition for Declaratory Order, go to the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON) website at: On the TBON home page, click on "Forms" then under "Initial Licensure & Recognition Forms" click on "Declaratory Order". Read the information carefully, download the "Petition for Declaratory Order" form and follow the directions provided.

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