Undergraduate FAQ's

Fast Bacc

1. When is the application deadline?
Applications for each May FastBacc class must be submitted by November 1st. Completed applications will include official transcripts and official HESI A2 exam scores.

2. How many students are admitted to the program?
We currently accept 50 students each May into the FastBacc program.
*This number is subject to change.

3. What are the pre-requisites for the FastBacc program?
The pre-requisites for the FastBacc program can be found in the FastBacc Admission Requirements website.

4. Do all of the pre-requisites have to be completed before I can apply to the FastBacc program?
No, however, all prerequisites must be completed prior to beginning the FastBacc program. Please see the FastBacc Admission Requirements website for more details.

5. How do I apply to the FastBacc program?
Application to the FastBacc program begins by completing the and following submission guidelines on the application. FastBacc 2015 applications will be available during Spring 2014.

6. Where are the clinical experiences located?
The FastBacc clinicals will primarily be held at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

7. Will I be able to work while in the program?
The FastBacc program is an accelerated program requiring much time in class, clinicals and in study. We do not recommend attempting to work while enrolled in the program.


Financial Aid

1. Now that I have been admitted into the program, what should I start doing concerning financial aid?
To be considered for federal, state, and Baylor need-based financial aid including federal loans, federal and state grants, and need-based Baylor scholarships, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). There is no fee to file the FAFSA. The 2014-2015 application is now available to complete online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Aid for the 2014 summer term is based on the 2013-2014 FAFSA.

If possible, use completed tax return information on your FAFSA; otherwise, provide your best estimates. Allow 5 to 7 business days for your FAFSA results to be received at Baylor.

More Information: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov

2. When will I receive my financial aid award letter?
Financial aid award notifications are mailed/emailed starting in April for the Fall semester and in November for the Spring semester. Regularly login to your BearWeb account to check on the status of your completed FAFSA and complete additional required steps from your end.

3. What should I do until my Financial Aid award letter arrives?
Continue to regularly check your BearWeb account to ensure all required steps have been completed.

4. How can I apply for scholarships and grants?
You are automatically considered for scholarships and grants once you have been accepted to the University and you have filled out the FAFSA.

5. What do I need to do if my FAFSA is selected for verification?
Understanding Verification:

Verification is a process that compares specific information reported on the FAFSA with student/parent IRS Tax Return Transcripts and other specific information requested by the Financial Aid office.

Please note: prospective students who are selected for verification will receive estimated financial aid awards. You will receive a revised award notification if the estimated awards change as a result of the verification process. Awards will not apply toward your semester charges until the verification process is complete.

If you have been selected for verification and do not want to receive federal, state and some types of university aid, you are not required to complete the verification process. Please email our office financial_aid@baylor.edu if you do not plan to complete the Verification process.

The Verification process:

  1. You will receive notification from our office providing you with detailed instructions. This will include required documentation, as well as a link to the required items.
  2. Submit requested Forms/Documents and other required information to our office.
  3. Once you have provided all required documentation to our office, it will take 10-14 business days for you to receive an award notification with your finalized awards.
  4. You must complete verification no later than June 1st to ensure your aid is available to apply to your Fall semester charges.
Common delays in completing the Verification Process:
  • Missing signatures on requested forms and documents
  • Forms not filled out completed
  • Student name and ID not provided on all forms and documents
  • Changing your IRS Tax Return Information after using the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)
    • Correct your 2014-2014 FAFSA by using the IRS Data Retrieval process or
    • Submit your IRS tax return transcript(s) to our office

2014-2015 Verification Deadlines

If you have been notified to complete Verification for fall 2014, spring 2015 and/or summer 2014

Fall/Spring 2014 Deadline to submit - April 21, 2015

Fall Only 2014 Deadline to submit - November 18, 2014

Spring Only 2014 Deadline to submit - April 21, 2015

Summer 2014 Deadline to submit - to be determined



1. Does Baylor offer night classes?
No, classes are Monday through Friday and typically during regular working hours. Occasionally twelve hour clinicals are offered that will run past 5:00 pm or meet on Saturdays.

2. Does Baylor offer an accelerated program for those who already have another degree?
Yes. The Louise Herrington School of Nursing does offer a 'FastBacc' program for those who already have an undergraduate degree. More information can be found at the Fast Bacc program website.

3. Do you still accept the Nurse Entrance Test (NET) for admission?
No, the only entrance test accepted is the HESI A2.

4. May another entrance exam be substituted for the HESI A2 that is required for admission?
No, all students must submit HESI A2 scores by the application deadline.

5. Will high school foreign language courses fulfill the prerequisite requirement?
No, only college level courses are acceptable substitutes for any prerequisite course.

6. I am a certified medical assistant. Will any of my courses apply toward the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree?
No, only courses from accredited colleges or universities may be transferred.

7. What are the application deadlines?
Spring semester applications are due by May 1st each year. Fall semester applications are due by January 15th each year.

8. Will I be able to work full-time and attend nursing school?
While there is no policy prohibiting a student from working full-time, it is recommended that students work no more than 16 hours per week.

9. How can I get information about admission to the school of nursing?
Please visit the "Prospective Student" section of this website.

10. I am a transfer student, what should my first step be?
Contact the Academic Advisor on the Dallas campus. You will need to provide copies of your transcripts for evaluation. After your transcripts have been evaluated you will be provided with a degree plan.

11. May I take some of the prerequisite courses after I begin nursing school?
No, all prerequisite classes must be completed before beginning nursing school.

12. Do I have to move to Waco?
No, you may take courses at accredited colleges and universities and transfer into the nursing program for the final two years.

13. What GPA must I have to guarantee admission?
There is no GPA that can guarantee admission. Students with a GPA of 3.0 and above may be considered for admission. Class sizes are limited; typically, admitted students have a higher GPA than the minimum requirement.