Partnership with LCU
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 of Nursing and Lubbock Christian University 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. Both programs are
forming a united front to benefit future nursing students. The Texas Board
of Nursing has commended us for our innovative approach to helping students
achieve a higher level of education. Both programs are dedicated to providing
future nurses the best education and real-world experience they can receive.
Once a student graduates from CSON they are streamlined into the nursing
program at Lubbock Christian University (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 Nurse Practitioner
License, or even PhD in Nursing. Nursing Educators are in short supply,
so think about the role of an instructor as your end goal..
- 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.
- After passing this exam and gaining employment (length of time is usually
about 3 months) you will continue at LCU for your BSN.
- 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).