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Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online


As health care in America changes rapidly, the demand for BSN-prepared nurses continues to grow. This online degree program is designed to allow you to complete your BSN degree quickly while giving you the flexibility to continue working as an RN.

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Our RN to BSN online degree program prepares you for professional nursing practice across multiple health care settings and gives you the knowledge, skills and credentials you need to take advantage of opportunities to move into higher level nursing roles.

icon $8,340* Total Program Cost
icon As few as 13 months Program Duration
icon 30 Credit Hours
icon $8,340* Total Program Cost
icon As few as 13 months Program Duration
icon 30 Credit Hours

The BSN and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree programs are fully accredited through 2017 by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly known as National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), located at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326.

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Coursework includes explorations of a broad range of nursing topics, including community nursing, evidence-based practice and holistic health assessment, along with nursing leadership and management courses.

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Lamar University is committed to providing students with a quality, affordable education.

$8,340 Total program cost. Price includes distance learning fee.

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Total program cost depends upon transfer hours and program advisement relevant to program requirements. For more information, contact a Lamar University enrollment specialist.

Financial Aid

Ready to get started on your degree program online but need help finding ways to fund your education? We can help you discover student financing sources that include grants, loans and other payment options. Learn more about financial aid here.


"I feel like the program is for those of us who are mothers and nurses and work full time. To me, it was the way to go. I would absolutely recommend the program."

–Tonya Holman


There are several opportunities to begin Lamar University's online RN to BSN program. Find the start date below that works best for you and apply before the application deadline associated with it.

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8-Week Courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Fall II 2019 10/21/2019 9/26/2019 10/3/2019 10/14/2019 12/10/2019
Spring I 2020 1/21/2020 1/3/2020 1/10/2020 1/13/2020 3/13/2020
Spring II 2020 3/23/2020 3/2/2020 3/9/2020 3/16/2020 5/12/2020
Summer I 2020 6/1/2020 5/11/2020 5/18/2020 5/26/2020 7/6/2020
16-Week Courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring 2019 1/22/2019 1/6/2019 1/14/2019 1/17/2019 5/14/2019
Fall 2019 8/26/2019 8/5/2019 8/12/2019 8/22/2019 12/3/2019
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Lamar University's online programs have specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please review the admission guidelines carefully. For specific questions or more details, view our admission FAQs.


Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $25 application fee online.


Current RN License

Submit documentation of your current and unencumbered nursing license.


Cumulative GPA of 2.5

Students with a 2.4 — 2.49 GPA can be admitted as a conditional student.

* All applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Send transcripts to: Lamar University Online Admissions, P.O. Box 10017, Beaumont, Texas 77710

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Applicants for the RN to BSN program must meet the university's standard requirements for admission, as well as the following:

  • Complete online application and pay a one-time application fee of $25.
  • Admission to the Nursing Program
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Students with a cumulative GPA between 2.4 & 2.49 may be admitted to enroll in general core requirements until reaching a GPA of 2.5.
  • Current unencumbered licensure to practice professional nursing
  • Students must have an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing (AAS or ADN) or have a Diploma in Nursing from an approved program.

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710


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Co-requisite courses allow you to fulfill your state-mandated core curriculum requirements concurrently with your nursing courses, letting you complete your BSN quickly while you continue working full time. From your first class, you gain knowledge and skills you can apply immediately to your nursing practice.

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Six hours of English required.

ENGL 1301: Composition I

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Basic forms of expository writing. Frequent themes. Collateral reading in articles and essays of a factual and informative type.

ENGL 1302: Composition II

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Forms of expository and analytical writing. Topics from composition suggested from wide reading in at least two of the three genres: prose fiction, poetry, and drama. Research paper required.

Choose 2 of the following courses.

HIST 1301: History Of The United States, 1763 To 1877

Duration: 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

United States history from the revolutionary period through reconstruction.

HIST 1302: History Of The United States, 1877 To The Present

Duration: 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

United States history from the post-reconstruction period to the present.

HIST 2301: History of Texas

Duration: 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Texas history from the beginning to the present time.

Choose 2 of the following courses.

MATH 1314: College Algebra

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, determinants, matrices, systems of equations, binomial theorem, exponential and logarithmic functions, theory of equations.

MATH 1342: Elementary Statistics

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Non-calculus based introduction to statistics, statistical measures of data, statistical description of data, elementary probability, random variables, binomial and normal distributions, estimation, testing hypotheses.

PSYC 2317: Introduction to Statistical Methods

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Statistical concepts and techniques used in behavioral science research. Topics include graphs, measure of position, central tendency and dispersion, correlation and regression, probability, tests of significance and basic non-parametric techniques.

Six hours of Political Science required.

POLS 2301: Introduction to American Government I

Duration: 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The national and Texas constitutions; federalism; political socialization and participation; public opinion and interest groups; parties, voting, and elections.

POLS 2302: Introduction to American Government II

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The legislative, executive, and judicial branches and the bureaucracy; policy formulation and implementation including civil rights and civil liberties, domestic and foreign policies.

The courses listed below are required to fulfill the co-requisite requirement. In addition to the courses listed below, 7 hours of electives will be required and select your electives with your dedicated Lamar University Academic Advisor.

PSYC 2315: Lifespan

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Emphasizes major aspects of psychological development through the life span. Aspects of development examined in the course will include cognitive, physical, social, moral, linguistic, and emotional change through childhood, early adulthood, middle adulthood, and older adulthood. Areas of focus include psychosocial, biological, and physical influences on psychological development. Normal processes of child and adult psychological development will be emphasized.

FCSC 1322: Nutrition/Diet

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to nutrition including functions, sources, characteristics and recommended intake of nutrients; digestion; absorption and metabolism; special needs during various phases of the life cycle; diet therapy and patient assessment, education, and counseling.

BIOL 2420: Microbiology

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 4

Microorganisms with emphasis on those of medical significance and problems of personal and community health. Prerequisite: A grade of at least a "C" or better in BIOL 1406, 1407 or BIOL 2401, 2402.

COMM 1315: Public Speaking

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Principles and practices of public speaking.

Please choose one of the following courses.

MUSI 1306: Music Appreciation

Duration: 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Survey of music for non-music students. Covers the major style periods from the Renaissance to the present with emphasis on the development of basic listening skills and critical thinking. Requires attendance at instructor-specified recitals or concerts.

ARTS 1301: Art Appreciation

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introductory course emphasizing the understanding and appreciation of visual arts (painting, sculpture, and architecture).

Three hours required from the following.

PHIL 1370: Philosophy of Knowledge

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A survey of major knowledge systems with an emphasis on the scientific and humanistic methods of inquiry.

ENGL 2322: British Literature

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The study of six to ten works of British literature dating from its Anglo-Saxon origins to the present.

ENGL 2326: American Literature

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Six to ten major works of American literature, including both the 19th and 20th centuries.

Three hours required from the following.

PSYC 2301: General Psychology

Duration: 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introductory survey of the major areas of psychology such as learning, personality, social, testing, developmental and physiological. Emphasis is on psychology as the scientific study of behavior and includes both human and animal behavior.

SOCI 1301: Introduction to Sociology

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An overview of major subjects in sociology, including sociological perspective, culture, social interaction, social stratification, gender, race and ethnicity, social groups, organizations, family, religion, population, urbanization and social changes.

Six hours of Lab Sciences required. Must be in BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402.

BIOL 2401: Anatomy and Physiology I

Duration: 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 4

Structure and function of cells, tissues, and muscle, skeletal and nervous systems. Prerequisite: Passing scores on all sections of TASP test or be TASP exempt. May not be used as a Biology major course.

BIOL 2402: Anatomy and Physiology II

Duration: 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 4

Structure and function of the circulatory, digestive, excretory and reproductive systems. Prerequisite: BIOL 2401 with a grade of at least a "C" or better.

BIOL 2420: Microbiology

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 4

Microorganisms with emphasis on those of medical significance and problems of personal and community health. Prerequisite: A grade of at least a "C" or better in BIOL 1406, 1407 or BIOL 2401, 2402.


NURS 4321: Nursing Theories and Online Education

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Presents theories germane to nursing. Overview of nursing history with an introduction to professional nursing practice and competencies; includes active inquiry, critical thinking, evidenced-based practice (EBP), research and the formation of a personal philosophy of nursing. Includes concepts of professional nursing with application to the RN transitioning to the BSN level of nursing and emphasizes legal, ethical, and regulatory parameters. Of importance is the use of technology in the online format for success in the RN to BSN track.

NURS 4316: Comprehensive Holistic Health Assessment

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Emphasizes a comprehensive holistic health assessment as a component of the nursing process across the lifespan. RN-BSN students build on previously acquired assessment skills to identify health promotion, risk assessment and disease prevention behaviors, including sociological, psychological, cultural, and family aspects of a comprehensive assessment.

NURS 4390: Nursing Inquiry and Evidence-Based Practice

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on basic elements of the research process, nursing inquiry and evidence-based practice including the acquisition, analysis, evaluation, and utilization of research findings for nursing practice.

NURS 4540: Nursing Practice: Care of Communities

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 5

Focuses on concepts needed to provide holistic client-centered nursing care to a variety of clients, families, populations, and communities in multiple settings from a global perspective by incorporating theories, evidence-based practice outcomes, and clinical reasoning. Explores and assesses the impact of multiple determinants of health status and healthcare, cultural and ethical influences, sources of health information, major local, state, national and global health issues and related health promotion/disease prevention, maintenance, restoration, and population risk reduction objectives among clients, families, populations, and communities. Incorporate research findings related to the community into evidence-based nursing practice.

NURS 4620: Nursing Practice: Compromised Multiple Health States

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 6

Explores advanced concepts of compromised multiple health states in the care of individuals and families. Emphasizes and demonstrates the developing role of the professional nurse, including patient advocate and interdisciplinary healthcare team member using clinical reasoning and judgment skills to provide compassionate, holistic and coordinated patient-centered care. Course integrates advanced technology, nursing theory, research and evidence-based practice as a foundation of patient-centered care.

NURS 4550: Nursing Practice: Leadership and Management

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 5

Explores and coordinates safe patient-centered care as a member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team. Introduces and applies theories of leadership and management practices including the organization, planning, staffing, directing, and controlling of resources within the healthcare system. Models the role of the professional nurse as a patient safety advocate, healthcare planner, leader and manager.

NURS 4580: Synthesis in Professional Nursing

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 5

Focuses on the transition to the BSN professional nursing role and its relationship to practice. Synthesizes theoretical and evidence-based knowledge from nursing and other disciplines to address healthcare problems of diverse patients, families, populations and communities in a variety of structured and unstructured healthcare settings and advocating for a culture of safety to promote optimal outcomes. Emphasis of this capstone course is for the RN-BSN student to internalize the knowledge, clinical reasoning and judgment, best practices and priority setting necessary in the development of the BSN professional role.

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