LHSON Admission Requirements for Baylor University Pre-Nursing Students

In order to be considered for admission into the Louise Herrington School of Nursing BSN program, students must demonstrate successful completion of prerequisite courses and pass an entrance exam. Current Baylor University students are admitted in the Fall and Spring of each year. Students must complete majority of the prerequisite courses on the Baylor University campus in Waco, TX to be considered a Baylor applicant. All Baylor University graduates, regardless of degree earned, will be considered a Baylor applicant.
All students must meet minimum application requirements for admission consideration. Minimum requirements are idential for both the Traditional Two-Year program and the FastBacc program, with one slight difference: FastBacc applicants must have earned a Bachelor's degree before the application deadline.

Minimum Application Requirements

44 of the 66 prerequisite course hours completed
2 of the 4 prerequisite science courses completed (8 hours)
3.0 minimum GPA of completed prerequisite courses
HESI A2 Exam requirements
English Composite score of 80 or above
Math score of 80 or above
Learning Styles and Personality Styles inventories completed

Prerequisite Course Information

There are 66 hours of required courses a student must complete prior to starting our program. However, a student only needs 44 of the 66 hours of prerequisite courses completed (including 2 of the 4 science courses) in order to apply. A majority of the prerequisite courses must be completed on the main Baylor University campus in Waco, TX to be considered a Baylor application. A student must successfully complete all prerequisite courses prior to starting the BSN program. The minimum grade point average to be considered for admission is a 3.0 in the prerequisite courses.

Prerequisite Courses

4 Science courses:
Microbiology (Bio 1402), Anatomy & Physiology I (Bio 2401), Anatomy & Physiology II (Bio 2402), and Chemsitry(Chem 1300 and 1100)
3 English courses: English I (Eng 1302), English II (Eng 1304), and English Literature
Government* (Psc 2302)
Religion: Christian Scriptures (Rel 1310)
Religion: Christian Heritage (Rel 1350)
1 History course
1 Nutrition course (Fcs 2351)
1 Statistics course (Sta 1380)
2 Psychology courses: Intro to Psychology (Psy 1305), and Developmental Psychology(Psy 3341)
1 Sociology course (Soc 1305)
2 semesters of same Foreign Language (Spanish recommended)
2 courses (6 hours) of general electives
* Students must take American Constitutional Development (PSC 2302) to fulfill Government requirement, unless a student completes both Federal Government and State/Local Government prior to matriculating into Baylor University.

Please note:

The following applies to any college work taken prior to transfer:

  • To determine whether a course will transfer into Baylor University from another college or university, please refer to the Equivalent Course Tool. Please contact Stephanie Weishaupt if you have any additional questions or would like to learn the process of taking courses elsewhere once you begin at Baylor University.
  • When factoring a student's prerequisite GPA for admission pruproses, the most recent grades (not necessarily the best) must be counted.
  • Grades of D or F will be factored into a student's prerequisite GPA UNTIL a replacement grade is available. For example, a grade of F cannot be omitted even if a student has plans to take the course again or is currently taking the course but has not completed it at the time of applicaiton.
  • Applicants may only repeat a course one (1) time. Only the most recent course grade will count for admissions purposes. Students who fail the same prerequiste course twice are not eligible to apply.
    *Students with extenuating circumstances may petition the Director of Student Services for a review of transcripts and consideration for eligibility to apply for admission. The Director will review the request and make a recommendation to the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee will make a recommendation to the Dean, who will make the final decision.
  • A course with a grade of "Pass" may transfer, but only as elective credit.
  • If a science or foreign language course is offered with separate lecture and lab, both portions must be completed. It is recommened that separate lecture and lab portions be completed through the same university or college.
  • Credit be examination secured through another college or university by a student transferring to Baylor University will be accepted only to the extent that the exam and scores are equivalent to what Baylor accepts. Scores received must meet the Baylor University minimum score requirements stated in the Credit By Examination brochure in effect in the year that the student entered college as a freshmen. To find more information regarding accepted exams and minimum score requirements, please refer to the Baylor University testing website.
  • Please refer to the Academic Policies page for additional details and policies.

HESI A2 Entrance Exam

Students must complete the following sections:
English Composite
Personality Styles Inventory
Learning Styles Inventory
The HESI A2 exam may only be taken once during each admission period. In the event a student has taken the exam more than once, the most recent exam will be counted. HESI A2 scores cannot be pieced together.

Please refer to the HESI A2 Information page to learn how to register to take the exam and how to submit official scores to LHSON.


Students whose first/native language is not English, are required to take the TOEFL,regardless of US education, or years of residence. The Louise Herrington School of Nursing requires applicants to attain a minimum score of 560 on the paper based test, 220 on the computer based test, or 83 on the internet based test(IBT).

*Please note: the TOEFL score required by the Louise Herrington School of Nursing is higher than the minimum required by Baylor University.

Application Deadline

Students must submit a completed Nursing School Application, as well as all required documentation (official transcripts, official HESI A2 exam scores) to show successful completion of the minimum application requirements by the application deadline in order to be considered for admission.
Fall Start Term -- January 15th
Spring Start Term -- May 31st

To begin your application, please create an account through the NursingCAS.
If you have any further questions about the NursingCAS application, please contact the NursingCAS Customer Service team 617.612.2880 or nursingcasinfo@nursingcas.org.