Anyone attend Lamar State College Port Arthur for LVN to RN?
- 0Mar 20, '13 by adchismHi everyone!
Since graduating from TCHSVN in January of 2009, I've been telling myself that I'm going to go back to school to get my RN (I have all the pre-req's for it). My husband works pipeline out of town 6 days a week, and a nine month old at home kinda restricts my extra time. Therefore, I have been unable to commit going back to school; plus, I live an hour away from the two nearest community colleges.
I'm very interested in an online LVN to RN transition program, but there aren't many options to choose from. I had heard about the Angelo State program, but there website says they are no longer offering that. I actually was accepted into the Lamar State College Port Arthur online program this past January, but they require BIOL 1322, nutrition, which I just HAPPENED to not have (go figure), and couldn't get into a class prior to their deadline. So THAT didn't happen, but they said as soon as I get that Nutrition credit under my belt, I can re-apply for January 2014.
Today, I'm looking around the internet for this BIOL 1322 credit class, and I just happen to go to LSCPA website, now THEY have this posted:
Future start dates have been put on hold until further notice. Students currently enrolled in the program will be permitted to finish the program.
WTH does that mean?!?! First, I started this thread to see if there was anyone who had completed this and what was their opinion, plus any suggestions for me...but NOW...I'm kinda freaking out because this was just about my last hope.
I'm tired of doing the same exact work and having to have the exact same credentials as the RN but getting paid a fraction of the RN salary! UGH...so frustrating.
(sorry about the ranting at the end...)
- 0Oct 11, '13 by northSo then why not answer the question the OP posted, arlel58?
Sorry, but I didn't find your post helpful. It seemed more like gloating to me.
FWIW, I have been looking into Lamar as well and found the same info (that the program was on hold). I was told by them that AFTER Oct. 1, 2013 they would be rolling out a "revamped" program and that the next LVN to RN will begin Jan. 2014.
So far, I've been playing the usual "phone tag" with Lamar. I call, get nobody, leave a message, never get a return call. I've done that repeatedly. I've tried getting information off the website; however, from the vantage point of someone who just goes to the Lamar-Port Aurthur website to find this program it's NOT user friendly (apparently, you have to know EXACLTY where the webpages are in order to find them). It looks more like they've tried to bury this program somewhere and make it very hard to find. Their webmaster is pretty awful, IMO.
When you do finally find a page with some information, it's rather scant and doesn't indicate whether you're reading the "new" (post-Oct 1) information or the old information that they have yet to update. Given the rest of my experiences with Lamar, I think the possibility that they have not updated their website is a legit possibility. So, I've yet to find out what has changed between the new and the old and whether the courses that I have meet the pre-reqs or if I need something more.
I work in an LTAC and have a co-worker who went from LVN to RN at Lamar. She just graduated a few months ago (I knew her as an LVN and now as an RN). I talked to her about it and she said that her experience at Lamar "sucked bad". She said Lamar is VERY focused on money and little on helping students AEB their lack of technical support and communication while being quick to processes payments. As ONE example (and she said she had many), she was taking a timed test online to complete one of the classes that she'd paid for. During the test, the website crashed while she still had time left on the timer. She was unable to log back in to complete the test due to the website crash. She emailed and called Lamar for support and when they FINALLY got back to her (not the same day) they ran her back and fort through the "transferred called/voice mail" system and eventually told her that she'd simply have to take the course again--of course PAYING AGAIN to take it. She wanted to graduate so she re-did it. A few weeks later, at the end of the class, the IT Dept. finally replied to her and told her they could have let her log back in and finish her test that had crashed. She said that sort of stuff happens a lot with Lamar. She told me that if she had another option, she wouldn't have got through Lamar.
Unfortunately, here in Texas, it looks like our other options have dried up and Lamar has a monopoly on the LVN to RN transition programs.
Personally, I'm still shopping around because if Lamar is THIS hard to get in contact with BEFORE they have my money....after they have my money, I'm afraid they'll just neglect me.
- 0Nov 13 by ardnas28They are reapplying to the board of nursing this January 2015. They said they will continue to teach the students that started the program and allow them to finish the program. It's sad but true and I agree with previous comment. I graduated from Lamar and will be taking my boards soon. But just like any nursing program if you want it bad enough you do everything that they ask you to do. Like any online course you're on your own. But hey it was my only way possible for me to graduate while working full time. I think that you have to be determined to finish and you will. Nursing school anywhere you go is not easy. For that, I will be grateful for Lamar State College Port Arthur RN