Post Master's to DNP

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The Post Master's DNP program builds upon the academic foundation, scholarship, clinical skills and experience of the Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN) to provide academic preparation for leadership and advocacy in health care with a special focus on the mission and values of the LHSON to serve vulnerable and global populations.

The Post Master's DNP program requires a minimum of 75 credit hours and a minimum of 1000 clinical hours for degree completion. Both didactic credit hours and clinical hours will need verification prior to approval for transfer. A maximum of 37 credit hours may be transferred. The LHSON reserves the right to add additional credits based upon the LACE Consensus Model as needed (advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology and advanced health assessment). Additional clinical hours may be required if the APRN preparation was less than 600 clinical hours. The Advanced Practice Nursing Residency clinical placement is arranged on an individual basis to meet the needs of the specialty practice interest of the student.

The Post Master's DNP can be completed in 5-8 semesters depending upon full time or part time plans of study.

Admission requirements for the Post Master's DNP program include:

  • Verification of an unencumbered license to practice as an APRN
  • Master's degree with a major in nursing
  • Cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Verification of total clinical hours obtained for the Master's degree
  • Optional - Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
  • Acceptable writing sample
  • Graduate level statistics course
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal or telephone interview
  • To begin the admission process to the Post Master's DNP program:

    1. Create an account through the NursingCAS
    2. Send MAT or GRE scores (taken within the last 5 years) to the Graduate School in Waco.
    3. Schedule a personal interview after all application material has been submitted.

    Application Deadlines

    For the fall start date applicants should plan to complete all admission materials on or before March 1st.

    Financial Assistance

    Students admitted to the Post Master's DNP Program in Nursing may be eligible for scholarship/graduate tuition assistance through the School of Nursing. Scholarship funds are limited and are awarded based on tuition cost after students register for classes. Federal assistance in the form of student loans is available through the Baylor University Financial Aid Office. Federal student loans require completion of FAFSA by students at

    Please contact Endalk Tulu, Louise Herrington School of Nursing Financial Aid Coordinator, for additional information.

    For More Information Contact:

    Mrs. Elaine Lark

    Coordinator of Recruitment and Enrollment

    Email Elaine

    Phone 214-818-7839

    Fax 214-820-3835