Baylor University (BU) Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) | 95% NCLEX Pass Rates

Baylor University (BU) Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) provides a faith-based, Christian Nursing education as it offers the Traditional BSN, MSN, Accelerated Post-Bachelor's, and the BSN and MSN to DNP degree programs. Also, included are programs preparing students as a Nurse Practitioner and/or Nurse Midwife.

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  • 95%
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  • On Campus
  • Private
  • Accreditation ccne Accredited acme Accredited
  • Programs Entry-Level BSN, MSN-to-DNP, BSN-to-DNP, Accelerated BSN, BSN, DNP, MSN, Post-grad Certificate, NP, CNM, Other
  • Location Dallas, TX
  • Telephone 1-214-820-3361
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Founded in 1845, Baylor University (BU) is a private Baptist university. It is the oldest continuously operating university in Texas. The Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) is located on the Baylor University Medical Center campus near downtown Dallas.

The mission of the LHSON of BU serves as a unique guide for baccalaureate and graduate level nurses. It focuses on Christian values, professional practice, healthcare leadership, and worldwide service. Theory and practice are taught with a Christian mindset. The belief is that nurses have a calling to make a difference and with the faith-based approach, students will embrace the commitment for a lifetime of caring.

Undergraduate Programs

Upper-division professional courses (two years for BSN Traditional or 12 months for BSN FastBacc) are taken on campus in Dallas at the Baylor University Medical Center, an internationally known teaching and research center.

BSN Traditional

The traditional BSN program is a full-time, two-year program that is designed for students who desire to become registered nurses. Prerequisite courses may be completed at Baylor University campus in Waco or at another accredited college or university. The program requirements are 60 credits for prerequisite classes.

"What do I need to know about the HESI Admission Assessment Exam (A2)?"

The exam is required for all applicants before being considered for the nursing program. Scores must be a minimum score of 80 or higher on the English Composite and Math portions.

FastBacc BSN

Program Overview

This program is designed for students who hold a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field and would like to start a second career in nursing. The 12-month accelerated post-baccalaureate program's nursing coursework is 62 hours on the Dallas campus. The program begins in the summer and utilizes a hybrid model of learning in the classroom and online as well as clinical and laboratory experiences.

Graduate Programs

MSN Leadership and Innovation Online

Family Nurse Practitioner DNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Online DNP

Nurse Midwifery DNP

MSN in Leadership and Innovation Online Degree


  • 15-16 months in length
  • Five week courses (four courses per semester, two per summer)
  • Courses developed in collaboration with the Baylor Health Care System
  • Graduates prepared for National certification - Nurse Executive-BC or Nursing Executive Advanced-BC

DNP with Family Nurse Practitioner Major

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a Family Nurse Practitioner track is a 75-semester hour curriculum. This program is designed for Nurses who are interested in becoming future missionary nurses and/or interested in underserved populations and global health. An international site with faculty supervision is an option for clinical hours as well.

Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • Unencumbered, current RN license
  • Baccalaureate degree with major in nursing
  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA or higher
  • Graduate level Statistics
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Interview
  • One year RN experience

Students who complete the program successfully are eligible to sit for the national Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) Online DNP

This online DNP NNP track focuses on care from birth through the first two years of life.

Two online program options are available: the BSN to DNP with a major as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner or the Post Master’s DNP degree for the NNP.

There are also opportunities to travel abroad for the DNP project and mission opportunities.

Graduates that successfully complete the program will be eligible to sit for national Neonatal Nurse Practitioner certification examination offered by the National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing Specialties (NCC).

Nurse Midwifery DNP

The DNP nurse midwifery program consists of 75 credits completed in 9 semesters at a full-time study. Students in the midwifery program focus on service and clinical experiences caring for vulnerable populations.

Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • Unencumbered RN license
  • Baccalaureate degree w/major in nursing
  • Cumulative GPA 3.0 or higher
  • Graduate level Statistics
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • Interview
  • One year RN experience preferred - ideally in Labor & Delivery


Application/Admission/Acceptance Process (not all inclusive)

  • Baccalaureate degree w/major in nursing
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • GRE or MAT scores (optional)
  • Texas RN license
  • Graduate level Statistics
  • Interview

Required Nursing Experience

  • FNP: One (1) year full-time experience as an RN (additional work experience may be required by faculty)
  • NNP: 2 years recent experience level 3 NICU (other experience may be considered)
  • Midwifery: Optimally (not required) - one year clinical practice preferably in Labor and Delivery with extensive observational experiences of birth or education and practices as a doula


The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.

The Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) accredited the nurse midwifery program.

Rankings 2017 - 2018

US News & World Report ranked the DNP program #45, Master’s program #58, and the Midwifery program #10.

US News & World Report ranked BU #38 (tie) in Best Colleges for Veterans.

US News & World Report ranked Baylor's Louise Herrington School of Nursing as its 2017 Best Online Program-MSN Leadership and Innovation Online Program #39.

Best Nursing Colleges ranked the LHSON #9 as Top Nursing Programs in Texas. 

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  1. Anonymous
    Nov 4, '17, 8:49 pm by
    Overall: 3.0 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 2 stars
    Experience: 3 stars
    Staff: 2 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 5 stars
    Support: 1 stars

    Program: BSN
    Classes: On Campus
    Focus: Missionary

    My Experience

    Honestly, I really wish I went to another school like UTA. You go to Baylor and Waco and totally fall in love and then have to pack up and move to the middle of downtown Dallas where there is no campus just a building on the side of a hospital. There are no housing accommodations (e.g. dorms, university sponsored apartments) so you’re on you own with living conditions (by the way there is no cheap apartments anywhere in Dallas and the gas is higher just in the city). The classes are not held in classrooms except for one class you take as a senior. The classes are held in auditoriums the hospital lets us borrow so cramped quarters, can only really bring a small laptop to lecture, and not so comfy seats or an area for learning. Many teachers just repeated Powerpoint back to us. There is next to no student life. There is BSNA that meets and does functions but if you have a job or have to study a lot it’s pointless to join. They just started intramural but not until after my first semester when I had the most time. Some instructors are questionable in their ability to teach and receive feedback when students beg them to try a new way. The school is not a student advocate. If there is an issue with a student at a hospital during clinical, there is no student support given. I will say I am getting a great education and learning what I need to know but I think that has a lot to do with me teaching myself at home and having my own initiative to study and become a nurse. There are some teachers who are phenomenal teachers and make me really have hope for this school. But all in all I would suggest UTA or TWU. This school has issues.

    About The Staff

    Dr.Perry is the best teacher I’ve ever had in college. Osteen is pretty awesome as well and is interactive with us. Neathery is awesome. Otto is awesome. Kendra is a great counselor. The rest I either don’t know, don’t interact with, or don’t like.

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