Undergraduate Admissions

In order to be considered for admission into the Louise Herrington School of Nursing BSN programs, students must demonstrate successful completion of prerequisite courses and pass an entrance exam. Minimum requirements are identical 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 starting the program in May.

Pre-Nursing Requirements
All entering freshman students who wish to study nursing will be required to register in the non-degree granting Pre-Nursing 1 (PNUR1) major. Upon fulfilling the requirements shown below for PNUR1, students may progress to the Pre-Nursing 2 (PNUR2) major which is a pre-requisite requirement for admission to the school of nursing. A student may remain in the PNUR1 major for a maximum of three academic semesters. A student must be classified as a PNUR2 student to apply for admission to the LHSON. A student may remain in the PNUR2 major for a maximum of three academic semesters.

In order to declare the major of PNUR2, a PNUR1 student must meet the following lower division requirements.

1. Completion of at least two of the required lower division science courses with a science GPA of 2.5 or greater.

2. Completion of NUR 1101, New Student Experience with a grade of “C” or higher or successful completion of an equivalent course.

3. Cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher.

4. Pre-nursing students may repeat a required lower division course only once.

5. Pre-nursing students may repeat no more than two required lower division courses.

6. Courses with a grade of “C” or higher may not be repeated to raise either the cumulative or required lower division pre-nursing GPA.

Minimum Application Requirements

  • 44 of the 60 prerequisite course hours completed
  • 2 of the 4 prerequisite science courses completed (8 hours)
  • 3.0 minimum GPA of completed prerequisite courses
  • 2.5 science GPA for Traditional/2.75 science GPA for FastBacc
  • HESI A2 Exam requirements
  • English Composite score of 80 or above
  • Math score of 80 or above
  • Learning Styles and Personality Styles inventories completed

Additional Application Requirements for FastBacc only

  • 2.75 minimum GPA of science prerequisite courses
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Faculty Interview
  • Resume

Prerequisite Course Information
There are 60 hours of required courses a student must complete prior to starting our program. However, a student only needs 44 of the 60 hours of prerequisite courses completed (including 2 of the 4 science courses) in order to apply. 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, Anatomy & Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology II, and Chemistry
  • 3 English courses: English I, English II, and English Literature
  • 2 Government courses: Federal Government, and State & Local Government
  • 2 Religion courses: Bible-based Religion, and World Religion; or Old Testament and New Testament
  • 1 History course
  • 1 Nutrition course
  • 1 Statistics course
  • 2 Psychology courses: Intro to Psychology, and Developmental Psychology
  • 1 Sociology course
  • 2 semesters of same Foreign Language (Spanish recommended)


  1. May be met by a course in American, British, or World Literature, or by an upper-level (that is, above the intermediate level) literature course in modern foreign languages or in classical languages.
  2. Baylor University graduates applying for the FastBacc program will take American Constitutional Development (PSC 2302) to fulfill Government requirement. Transfer students must take both federal and state and local government courses.
  3. Must be a course in World History, Western Civilization, a survey course in American History, or History of the American Woman.
  4. Course must cover entire life span.
  5. If taking Spanish as your language, must complete through equivalent of Baylor's SPA 1402/1412. Please use the transfer course equivalency tool to verify.

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.
  • The most recent grade earned in a course will be used to calculate prerequisite GPA. However, any grade earned below a "C" will be factored into GPA but will require an applicant to retake the course in order to achieve a passing grade.
  • 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 recommended that separate lecture and lab portions be completed through the same university or college.
  • Credit by 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.

HESI A2 Entrance Exam
Students must complete the following sections:

  • English Composite
  • Math
  • 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 by January 15 for fall and May 31 for spring (with official transcripts and official HESI A2 exam scores) to be considered for admission.

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 mailto:nursingcasinfo@nursingcas.org.

Additional Application Information
Students wishing to apply to the LHSON must be classified as a PNUR2, Post-Baccalaureate, or Transfer student. Post-Baccalaureate and Transfer students are not required to complete a New Student Experience course. All applicants must meet the following admission criteria:

1. Applicants must be admitted to Baylor University or be Baylor University students in good standing.

2. Formal application to the School of Nursing is required. Applications, including both University and School of Nursing applications may be accessed on the School of Nursing website. Application deadlines for the Traditional Program are January 15 for fall admission and May 31 for spring admission. The deadline for FastBacc Program admission is November 1st.

3. Required lower division courses must be completed during the full academic semester prior to admission. For example, for fall admission courses must be completed by the end of the preceding spring semester.

4. Students may be provisionally registered for the first semester classes pending official transcripts of required lower division courses. Students will not be allowed to register for future semesters if all official transcripts of required lower division work taken elsewhere are not on file with Baylor.

5. A minimum grade of “C” (not “C-”) is mandatory in each required lower division course. Students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all completed required lower division courses. The overall cumulative GPA and science GPA must be a 2.50 or higher for admission to the program. Applicants may only repeat a required lower division course one time. Only the most recently completed course grade will count for admissions purposes. Students who fail the same required lower division course twice are not eligible to apply.

6. Applicants may only repeat a maximum of two required lower division courses.

7. The School of Nursing has adopted core performance standards for admission and progression within the major. The core performance standards identify behaviors which are essential to the responsibilities of a student nurse. These include, but are not limited to, psychomotor and sensory abilities, critical thinking, and communication skills. Students must sign the core performance document provided by the School of Nursing signifying that they are able to meet these standards and behaviors.

8. Students are required to submit to a criminal background check before beginning classes at LHSON and a drug screen prior to beginning a clinical rotation. A positive drug screen and/or failure to clear the criminal background check with the Texas Board of Nursing will prohibit the student from attending the school of nursing.

9. Students desiring to transfer into the Traditional Program are required to provide a letter of good standing from the former baccalaureate school of nursing in situations where nursing credits have been earned.

10. Regardless of the number of credit hours accepted for transfer, the 60 hour residency requirement must be met.

11. Nursing applicants are required to take the designated nurse admission examination as part of the application process. Minimum scores of 80 on each of the HESI A2 Math and Verbal Composite portions are required to be admitted to the nursing program. Applicants must also complete the Learning Styles and Personality Styles Inventory. There is a fee associated with the required testing, and the HESI A2 exam may only be taken once during each admission period.

12. Students for whom English is their second language are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores for admission consideration are: Paper Based Test of 560, Computer Based Test of 220, Internet Based Test (iBT) of 83.

13. Acceptance to the School of Nursing is term specific. Students are not granted automatic deferment of acceptance.