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Upward Mobility LVN to ADN Nursing Program

Shirley MacNeill, MSN, RN, CNE
Chair, Allied Health Department
Allied Health Building, Office 102
(409) 984-6365

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Adhere to standards of practice within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks of the professional nurse while promoting safety and quality improvement as an advocate and manager of nursing care.
  • Use a systematic problem-solving process to provide individualized, evidence-based nursing health care settings demonstrating knowledge of delegation, management, and leadership skills.
  • Use clinical reasoning and knowledge based upon the nursing program of study, evidence-based practice outcomes, and research based policies and procedures for decision-making,
  • demonstration of skills with patient care technologies and information systems, and providing comprehensive, safe patient care.
  • Coordinate, collaborate and communicate with diverse patients, families and the interdisciplinary health care team to plan, deliver, and evaluate evidence-based safe care that reflects the value and ethics of the nursing profession.

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.
  • Complete the Upward Mobility Nursing Program application packet and submit a legible application, with supporting documents, on or before the September 15, 2021 deadline.


The Lamar State College Port Arthur Upward Mobility LVN to RN Nursing Program will admit a new group of students Spring 2022. The number of students admitted to any class is governed by the requirements of the Texas Board of Nursing. 

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. The goal of the Upward Mobility Nursing admission process is the selection of the best qualified applicants.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open access institution. 

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 may be required to complete a Petition for Declaratory Order. If your criminal background check shows any type of offense you may be required to submit a statement explaining the events of the incident(s) along with official court documentation showing the disposition of the incident(s). If the incident(s) requires further investigation by the Texas Board of Nursing you will be required to submit a review fee along with a Petition for Declaratory Order. This petition to the Texas Board of Nursing may take 4 to 12 months, or longer, for processing.

For any criminal offense, including those pending appeal, have you:

  1. been convicted of a misdemeanor?
  2. been convicted of a felony?
  3. pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty?
  4. received deferred adjudication?
  5. been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not adjudicated guilty?
  6. been sentenced to serve jail or prison time or court-ordered confinement?
  7. been granted pre-trial diversion?
  8. been arrested or have any pending criminal charges?
  9. been cited or charged with any violation of the law?
  10. 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.

In order to graduate a student must:

  1. Earn a "C" or better in ALL pre-requisite, co-requisite, and *nursing courses.
  2. Maintain an overall 2.0 Grade Point Average.
  3. Submit an online application to complete the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®) and pay associated fees.
  4. Pay NCLEX-RN® fees to Pearson Vue.
  5. Submit LSCPA graduation application and pay associated fees.
  6. Attend and Complete an approved NCLEX-RN® Board Review course in order to graduate fully prepared to take NCLEX-RN®.

*Please note that all nursing courses (RNSG) require a minimum score of 75% for a grade of “C.”

Recommended Program of Study
Course Title SCH
First Year
Prerequisite Semester
PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth & Development 3
RNSG 1300 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 3
BIOL 2301 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (lecture) 3
BIOL 2101 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (lab) 1
HECO 1322 Principles of Nutrition 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology 3
  Total Hours 22
First Semester
RNSG 1260 Clinical I - Registered Nursing 2
RNSG 1424 Concept-based Transition to Professional Nursing Practice 3
RNSG 1228 Intro to Health Care Concepts 2
BIOL 2302 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (lecture) 3
BIOL 2102 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (lab) 1
RNSG 1118 Transition to Professional Nursing Competencies 1
  Total Hours 13
Second Semester
BIOL 2320 Microbiology (lecture) 3
BIOL 2120 Microbiology (lab) 1
RNSG 2361 Clinical II - Registered Nursing 3
RNSG 1538 Health Care Concepts III 5
RNSG 1137 Professional Nursing Concepts III 1
  Total Hours 13
Second Year
Fourth Semester
RNSG 2539 Health Care Concepts IV 5
RNSG 2138 Professional Nursing Concepts IV 1
RNSG 2362 Clinical III – Registered Nursing 3
XXXX x3xx Humanities/Fine Arts 3
  Total Hours 12
Degree Plan Total 60

The Upward Mobility LVN to Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the
Texas Board of Nursing
333 Guadalupe St., Suite 3-460
Austin, TX 78701

Contact Us

For inquiries or additional information complete our Request Additional Information form, call (409) 984-6356, or visit our offices in the Allied Health Building.