1 Partnership: Covenant School Lubbock Christian This partnership aligns perfectly with Covenant s mission of teaching future nursing students to care for the whole person body, mind and spirit and by working with others such as LCU to improve health and quality of life in this community and region. Covenant School and Lubbock Christian are the first to form a partnership of this type in the state of Texas. Both organizations would like to stress the word Partnership. This is not a merger because both entities will retain their own identity. We are forming a united front to benefit future nursing students. The Texas Board has commended us for our innovative approach to helping students achieve a higher level of education. We are dedicated to providing future nurses the best education and real-world experience they can receive. Dana Jones, R.N. Nursing Career Counselor 2002 West Loop 289, Suite 120 Lubbock, Texas Phone: Phone: ext. 221 or visit: cson.covenanthealth.org Quick Degree Overview 1. Begin by completing the 12 prerequisites listed in the chart on the next page. 2. Once enrolled in the last of those courses apply to Covenant School before the application deadline. Prerequisites do not have to be complete to apply, but must be complete by your first day at CSON.. Once accepted at Covenant, you will complete the 2 year diploma program. You will need to take Stats, Genetics, Bible, and Intro to BSN in the summer sessions unless you have taken those approved courses before entering.. After graduation from CSON you receive a temporary license to work as a Graduate Nurse until you take the Texas Board of Nursing RN Licensure Exam. 5. After passing this exam and gaining employment (length of time is usually about months) you will continue at LCU for your BSN. 6. The degree plan at LCU from RN to BSN is 2 semesters and is designed to fit into the schedule of a full-time working nurse. You take fewer courses at a time over a 6-8 week span until you have completed all classes. Upon completion of these requirements you graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN).
2 Prerequisite Courses All courses must be from a regionally accredited college or university to transfer into our program, and a minimum grade of C in each of the prerequisite courses is required. To qualify to apply you must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher in the prerequisite courses (we only count the prerequisites for your GPA). The Nursing Careers Counselor is available by appointment to applicants for academic guidance and consultation during the pre-nursing phase of completing these required courses. To set up an appointment, or call CLEP credit is accepted for English I, English II, Spanish, Introduction to Psychology, Nutrition, US History, American Government, and an Elective. Dual Credit is accepted if it meets all the minimum requirements for regular transfer credit of prerequisites. Pre-nursing students attending classes full time should expect to complete the prerequisite courses in semesters. To set up an appointment: or call: To register for this exam: download our registration form or Entrance Exam Each applicant must have a valid score submitted with application documents on or before the deadline (September 15th and March 15th) to be considered a candidate for admission. You can find our entrance testing information online at The entrance exam currently accepted is the Test of Essential Academic Skills V (TEAS V). This exam consist of the following different sections: Reading, Math, English, and Science. To register for this exam download our registration form or to begin the process.
3 Required College Hours Credit Lubbock Christian South Plains Texas Tech Wayland Baptist West Texas A&M Western Texas Hours College College English 1 ENG 101 ENG 101 ENGL 101 ENGL 101 ENG 101 ENGL 101 (composition & rhetoric) English 2, ENG 102 or ENG 102 or ENG 102 or ENGL 102 or ENG 101 or ENGL 102 OR Speech Communications, COM 211 or SPCH 111, 115 COMS 101 or COMS 101, 20, COMM 112, SPCH 111, 115, or Beginning Spanish 20 or FOL 101 or 121 or 200 or or or 118, 118 OR 121 SPAN 1511 SPAN 1501 SPCH 101 or or SPAN 111 SPAN Chemistry - CHE 105 & 1105 CHEM 106 CHEM 105 & CHEM 10 CHEM 105 CHEM 111 (with lab) OR CHE or CHEM & & 1107 *Human Anatomy & BIO 201 BIOL 201 ZOOL 20 BIOL 08 & BIOL 201 BIOL 201 Physiology 1 (with lab)* *Human Anatomy & BIO 202 BIOL 202 ZOOL 20 BIOL 09 BIOL 202 BIOL 202 Physiology 2 (with lab)* Microbiology (with lab) BIO 10 & 110 BIOL 220 MBIO 00 OR BIOL 01 BIOL 2572 BIOL Introduction to PSY 100 PSYC 201 PSY 100 PSYC 101 PSYC 201 PSYC 201 Psychology Human Growth & PSY 210 PSYC 21 HDFS 20 PSYC 201 PSYC 21 PSYC 21 Development Nutrition - BIO 22 HECO 122 OR NS 125 or BIOL 205 BIOL 122 BIOL NS 110 US History 1 (up to 1877) HIST 201 HIST 101 HIST 200 HIST 201 HIST 101 HIST 101 US Government GOVT 201 GOVT 201 POLS 101 POLS 201 POSC 205 GOVT 201 **Elective** HIST 202, ART 101, HIST 202 or ART 101, HIST 102 HIST 102 or GOVT 202 HIST 102 or POLS 202 COSC 211, GOVT 202 GOVT 202 HIST 202 or POLS 202 *Both Human Anatomy & Physiology courses must be completed within the last five years according to start date and not application deadline.* **The ELECTIVE is a required hour class, but you can choose what class you would like to take. The electives listed above are suggestions of things available that we will accept and it is not required that you take those specific courses**
4 1. Will I be able to complete the CSON program and get my RN within 2 years just like the previous degree plan? Answer: Yes, you will be able to obtain your diploma in nursing within 2 years of starting Covenant School. You can then take the state licensure exam to become a Registered Nurse. 2. Will it take me longer to get my BSN at LCU then at another college or university? Answer: No. By completing the program designed by CSON and LCU you have, on average, 15 fewer hours to complete the degree plan. These courses are: History 102, Government 202, Fine Arts, Humanities, and Sociology. This means you could graduate 1 semester earlier at this program.. Why did Covenant and LCU partner in the first place? Answer: The partnership was formed in response to the Sunset Bill (HB 226) passed in 2007, which requires programs that provide the initial registered nurse (R.N.) licensure to now also entitle the graduate to an academic degree.. What s the difference between a R.N. and a Bachelor Degree R.N. produced from this partnership? Answer: A registered nurse (R.N.) without a bachelors degree is suitable for bedside nursing, but lacks further education in areas such as: research, community health, leadership/management, genetics, and statistics. With this new partnership we are combining the best of both. You receive over 100 hours of clinical training as well as obtaining the last year of in-depth theory education. 5. Is this program more expensive than the typical BSN program since it is through private schools? Answer: No, the cost break down of this program is extremely competitive and the last 2 semesters of the program you will be able to become employed as a registered nurse and be qualified for tuition reimbursement plans provided by health care facilities. For a detailed break down of the cost of our program with the partnership please visit our website at
5 6. How do I start this program when I have already taken prerequisite courses somewhere else? Answer: Your prerequisites can be taken at any college or university accredited by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) to be automatically transfer to Covenant. If the program is not accredited by this association it is according to matching course descriptions as long as they are according to our minimum requirements. 7. When does the partnership go into effect? Answer: The partnership starts for students beginning in January of These students must apply to Covenant School by September 15th and turn in all items for the application (including the TEAS exam scores) to be considered. 8. How many hours can students work as a RN in the last few semesters while completing the LCU requirements? Answer: Once completed with Covenant School you can obtain employment and pass your state board exam. Within 2- months you begin the seamless transition to BSN at LCU. At this point most students work full time and complete their courses as a full time student. These courses are adapted to shorter periods with less classroom meeting time to allow for the working student. 9. Can a LVN still complete the transition program with the new partnership? Answer: Yes, LVN students apply within the same application period as our regular students. Then according to acceptance they skip the first and possibly second semester (if eligible) at CSON. Those students will continue with the as any other student in the partnership.
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