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School of Nursing


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About Us

Covenant School of Nursing—formerly Methodist Hospital School of Nursing—is located in Lubbock, Texas. Founded in 1918, Covenant School of Nursing is the oldest nursing school in the South Plains and has graduated more than 5,200 nurses. In January 2018 we proudly celebrated our 100th year of tradition, dedication and excellence in nursing education.

We are committed to producing highly skilled nurses who share our passion and commitment to patients and the nursing profession. Throughout our full-time, accredited diploma program, students receive both classroom training and faculty guided hands-on experiences in both lab and clinical settings. Our supportive learning environment ensures that every student receives the guidance and encouragement he or she needs to succeed as a registered nurse.

The Covenant Medical Library also provides support to the CSON students while in school and after for those who become Covenant employees. The Medical Librarian provides passwords and training on searching the nursing literature databases. There is no charge to Covenant students and employees for Library services.

Mission Statement of Covenant School of Nursing

In keeping with the Mission of Covenant Health, as expressions of God’s healing love, the Mission of the School of Nursing is to provide a quality nursing education founded on evidenced-based practices, integration of nursing skills, and concepts of caring for the whole person. We are steadfast in serving all with competent beginning nurse generalists.

Covenant School of Nursing Philosophy

Covenant School of Nursing Faculty believes Nursing is a discipline dedicated to the promotion of optimum health for the individual, family, and community. Nursing requires the integration of knowledge and skills from biological, psychological, and sociological sciences with evidenced-based nursing practice and concepts of caring for the individual as a whole person. The patient's needs and care requirements are met through the use of the nursing process of assessment, analysis, planning, implementation, and evaluation. The nurse collaborates with the patient, family, and healthcare team to formulate a plan of care to meet the needs across the lifespan and health-illness continuum.

Covenant School of Nursing provides a correlation between scientific concepts and evidence-based nursing practice. Our curriculum facilitates the student's development of cognitive, psychomotor, and affective abilities to function as a nurse generalist capable of critical thinking, independent judgment, and self-direction. The School of Nursing promotes learning through a curriculum based on Lenburg's Competency Outcomes and a variety of learning experiences which progress from simple to complex.

Program Overview

When you’re training to become a nurse, there’s simply no substitute for hands-on experience. At Covenant School of Nursing (CSON), you’ll not only learn in the classroom—you’ll participate in skill-oriented labs and work in clinical situations at nearly 20 different health care facilities in the Lubbock area. In fact, you’ll begin working directly with patients early in your training during the 64- week program.

Our program is a full-time, 64-week hospital-based diploma program that follows the completion of 8 specific prerequisite courses at an accredited college or university of your choice. Guided by a Master’s prepared nursing faculty, students who successfully complete our program are eligible for licensure as a registered nurse (RN). An LVN-RN Track is also offered to licensed vocational nurses (LVN) and licensed practical nurses (LPN) for completion of their registered nursing education.

To graduate from Covenant School of Nursing, students must be able to fully attend and successfully complete all classroom, lab and clinical components of each required nursing course. They must also sit for the National Council Licensure Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN) licensing exam.

Graduates of CSON are then streamlined into the nursing program at Lubbock Christian University’s (LCU) to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This transition takes place approximately 3 months after graduation from CSON and takes 2-3 semesters to complete. All students must pass the National Council Licensure Examination—RN (NCLEX—RN) before entering LCU. Covenant encourages graduates to complete higher levels of education by receiving their Masters (MSN), Family Practitioner License, or even PhD in Nursing.

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Covenant Health Affiliation

Covenant School of Nursing is a member of Covenant Health, the region’s largest health system, servicing 62 counties throughout West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. Covenant is home to more than 5,500 employees, with 4,500 of those working in Lubbock.

In addition to its four hospitals in Lubbock, the Covenant network includes 20 regional facilities, 450 active physicians, 14 home health locations, one home infusion facility, and Hospice of Lubbock.

To learn more about Covenant Health's Mission, Vision, and Values, click here.

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