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This online degree program is a flexible, convenient program designed meet this growing demand in the healthcare workforce. It allows you to expand your professional options and go farther, faster with advanced skills that are in high demand.

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Program Overview

Our RN to MSN online prepares you to take on upper-management and leadership roles in a variety of health care settings.

icon $17,418* Total Program Cost
icon As few as 36 months Program Duration
icon 58 Credit Hours
icon $17,418* Total Program Cost
icon As few as 36 months Program Duration
icon 58 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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In this degree program, you will:

  • Develop the knowledge and skills you need to assume more of a primary care role as health care reform creates greater demand for access to quality care.**
  • Gain expertise in strategic management, resource management and creating a safe, supportive and inclusive practice environment.
  • Learn core knowledge and teaching methodologies to help your students learn to deliver quality care.

The RN to MSN online also saves you money and time by allowing you to earn both BSN and MSN credit for certain courses. You will be required to take 9 fewer credit hours in this program than you would if you earned your RN to BSN and your MSN separately. Lamar University offers two tracks within the RN to MSN, MSN in Administration and MSN in Education.

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Tuition

Lamar University is committed to providing an outstanding education that is also affordable. Tuition is structured to give our students the best value and flexibility.

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$17,418 Total Tuition*

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Calendar

The RN to MSN online program offers convenient multiple start dates each year to accommodate your professional and personal schedules.

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8-Week Courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring I 2019 1/22/2019 1/6/2019 1/17/2019 3/8/2019
Spring II 2019 3/20/2019 2/27/2019 3/18/2019 5/14/2019
Summer 2019 5/28/2019 5/7/2019 5/23/2019 7/19/2019
15-Week Courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring 2019 1/22/2019 1/6/2019 1/17/2019 5/14/2019

Fall 2018 Undergraduate Course Schedule

Fall 2018 Graduate Course Schedule

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Admissions

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.

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Online Application

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

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Associate Nursing Degree or Diploma

Graduation from an associate degree or diploma nursing program.

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Cumulative 3.0 GPA

Overall grade point average of 3.0 or above. If a grade point average is between a 2.75 and 2.99, a MAT score will be required. A student with a 3.0 will be admitted into the program without the MAT..

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Current RN License

Submit documentation of your current, unencumbered, state-issued nursing license.

* 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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  • Graduation from an Associate Degree or Diploma nursing program.
  • Overall grade point average of 3.0 or above. If grade point average is between 2.75 and 2.99, a satisfactory MAT score will be required.
  • Current, unencumbered RN license.

RN to MSN Progression Policy

  • Students must earn a grade of B or above in each of the three MSN transition courses (MSNC 5310, MSNC 5311, MSNC 5315) available to eligible RN to MSN students. Earning a grade of C in any of the three MSN courses means the student is no longer in the RN to MSN track, but may choose to remain in the RN to BSN track. If a grade of D or below is earned in any of the three MSN transition courses, the student must reapply to take the corresponding RN to BSN course.
  • Prior to taking MSNC 5311 Research in Nursing, the student must successfully complete a statistics course with a grade of C or above.
  • Sequencing of the three transition courses follows.
    • MSNC 5310 Theories of Nursing is the first required course.
    • MSNC 5315 Advanced Issues is taken as the concluding BSN course. These students will be eligible for a BSN degree when all requirements are met.
    • Progression in the RN to MSN track is dependent upon earning a grade of B or higher in all graduate courses.
      • Students earning a C or below are no longer eligible to continue in the RN to MSN track, but will be eligible for a BSN degree when all requirements are met.
    • Students in the RN to MSN track must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. RN to MSN track students with GPAs between 2.9 and 2.0 will no longer qualify for the RN to MSN track but may remain in the RN to BSN track if meeting RN to BSN progression policies.
    • After completing the three MSN transition courses, progression policies of the Graduate School apply.

Courses

Below are required courses in addition to BIOL 2420 Microbiology, BIOL 2401 A&P I, BIOL 2402 A&P II and 3 electives. Once the BSN is conferred, students do no need to reapply for admission to the MSN program.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Three hours of communication required from the following.

COMM 1315: Public Speaking

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Principles and practices of public speaking.

COMM 1321: Business and Professional Speech

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Application of the fundamentals of speech production to the needs of the professional person. For non-communication majors only.

Three hours of creative arts required from the following.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nursing Courses

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 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.

MSNC 5310: Theoretical Foundations

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Examine theoretical foundations guiding advanced nursing practice. Prerequisites: Permission

MSNC 5311: Nursing Research

Duration: 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Analyze research methods, focusing on formulating a practice-related research problem, searching the literature, research design, sampling, and evaluation of research instruments, data collection strategies and analysis of data. Students are expected to analyze and critique research literature for scientific merit, and to discuss the practical application of scientific findings for practice. Prerequisites: MSNC 5310.

MSNC 5315: Advanced Nursing Issues

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Analyze professional and social issues related to advanced nursing practice within the context of health promotion and disease prevention, and various social, cultural and nursing issues related to healthcare. Prerequisites: Permission

MSNC 5312: Healthcare Policy and Finance

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Utilize theoretical models to analyze healthcare policy and finance, and political processes and strategies, which influence the policy process and results in improved healthcare for a diverse society. Prerequisites: Permission

MSNC 5195: Evidence-Based Project I

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

Develop a proposal, using research methods, to investigate a problem. Prerequisites: MSNC 5310, 5311, 5312, 5315 and pre- or co-requisite: MSNA 5321 or MSNE 5254

MSNC 5296: Evidence-Based Project II

Duration: 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2

Implement project proposal and disseminate outcomes. Prerequisites: MSNC 5195

MSNA 5320: Role Development for Nurse Administrators

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Develop knowledge and skills relevant to leadership in healthcare organizations. Emphasis is on role of the nurse as a nurse administrator. Prerequisites: MSNC 5310

MSNA 5331: Directing & Controlling Healthcare

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Use quality improvement models as the foundation for directing and controlling healthcare delivery. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of human resources and budgeting processes. Corequisite: MSNC 5321

MSNA 5321: Planning & Organizing Healthcare

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Use midlevel change and systems theory as the foundation for planning and organizing healthcare delivery. Emphasis is placed on analysis of the mission, philosophy, strategic planning and organizational structures. Prerequisites: MSNA 5320

MKTG 5300: Marketing Concepts

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2

Marketing orientation and concepts; marketing programs of domestic and global perspectives in the formulation and development of strategies with regard to price, product, channels of distribution, and promotion of goods and services within an ever-changing environment. Prerequisites: Graduate

MSNA 5221: Administration Practicum I

Duration: 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2

Apply midlevel change and systems theory for planning and organizing healthcare delivery through a preceptored experience.

MSNC 5232: Administration Practicum II

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2

Apply quality improvement models to work with human resources in a healthcare organization through a preceptored experience.

MSNA 5323: Health Information Systems

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Examines technology as it applies to the role of Nurse Administrator. Students will explore current trends and issues in the application of concepts related to nursing informatics and healthcare technology in nursing practice.

ACCT 5315: Financial Accounting

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Concepts of financial accounting. Emphasis is on the conceptual framework of accounting and preparation and uses of financial statements. Additional topics include, Managerial Accounting and Cost Concepts, Cost Volume Profit Analysis, Flexible Budgets and Standard Costs and Variance Analysis.

MSNE 5350: Role Development & Learning/Teaching Theories

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Develop knowledge and skills relevant to teaching in institutions of higher education. Emphasis is on the role of the nurse as faculty member. Examine learning theories and teaching strategies foundational to classroom and clinical instruction in academic settings. Prerequisite or Concurrent: MSNC 5310.

MSNE 5352: Measurement & Evaluation

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Develop knowledge and skills in measurement and evaluation of classroom and clinical instruction. Prerequisite or Concurrent: MSNC 5311.

MSNE 5356: Advanced Pharmacology

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Acute advanced knowledge of skills and principles of clinical pharmacology.

MSNE 5330: Advanced Health Assessment

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Develop skills to analyze and synthesize clinical concepts relevant to areas of advanced nursing practice. Prerequisites or Concurrent: MSNE 5310, MSNE 5311.

MSNE 5254: Education Practicum I

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Apply teaching/learning theory and strategies to didactic and clinical preceptored instruction. Evaluate selected curriculum components related to teaching experiences. Prerequisite: MSNE 5353. Prerequisite or Concurrent: MSNE 5350 and MSNE 5352.

MSNE 5351: Curriculum Design

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Analyze curriculum components for contemporary nursing education in academic settings. Evaluation as a critical component of curriculum design is examined. Prerequisite or Concurrent: MSNC 5310.

MSNE 5255: Education Practicum II

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Apply measurement and evaluation concepts to didactic and clinical preceptored instruction. Examine course, level, and department components within the context of an academic system. Prerequisite: MSNE 5254. Prerequisite or Concurrent: MSNE 5351.

MSNE 5349: Advanced Pathophysiology

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The primary focus is application of pathophysiology concepts to clinical practice using evidence-based knowledge and clinical reasoning to prevent, diagnose, and treat alterations across the lifespan.

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**The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, The Institute of Medicine, 2010.

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