LHSON Overview



We are located in a four-story complex located across the street from Baylor University Medical Center of Dallas in the heart of downtown. Dallas is located in the Central Time Zone in North Central Texas, 35 miles east of Fort Worth, 245 miles north, northwest of Houston and 300 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico.


Dallas is the 9th largest city in the US and the third largest in Texas with a population of 1,241,162.


Average minimum temperature is 55 degrees Fahrenheit (12.7 degrees Celsius); average maximum temperature is 76 degrees Fahrenheit (24.4 degrees Celsius). Dallas has an average annual rainfall of 33.3 inches (84.6 centimeters)


Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing, Dallas, Texas

The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) was established in 1909 as a diploma program within Baylor Hospital in Dallas, which is now Baylor University Medical Center, and in 1950 became one of the six degree-granting schools of Baylor University. The first Baccalaureate degrees were enrolled in 1950 and graduated in 1952, establishing the school as one of the oldest baccalaureate nursing programs in the United States. In 1999, the School was renamed the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing after Louise Herrington Ornelas, a 1992 Baylor Alumna Honoris Causa, who made a $13 million endowment gift to the school. Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing, LHSON offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees through a Traditional program and FastBacc (one year accelerated program). LHSON also offers a new online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Leadership and Innovation program, as well as Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs to include, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Nurse-Midwife (CNM) and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP).

Baylor University, Waco, Texas

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.


For more than 106 years, LHSON has educated more than 6,000 graduates who are known to be academically, spiritually and personally prepared for service.

  • Traditional track BSN enrollment: 344 - Fall 2015
  • FastBacc track BSN enrollment: 38 Fall - 2015
  • 404 Pre-Nursing students enrolled for 2015
  • Graduate Advanced Practice enrollment: 29 - Fall 2015
  • Online Master in Science in Nursing enrollment: 15 - Fall 2015 (new program began spring 2015)
  • There are more than 830 students enrolled at the LHSON including pre-nursing students who spend their first two years at Baylor University’s Waco campus or other universities around the country
  • Total enrollments including pre-nursing students in 2006 was 551. Total combined enrollment in fall 2015 is 830, is approximately a 50% increase in size.

Graduated (2014-2015)

  • 153 Traditional track BSN
  • 38 FastBacc track BSN
  • 24 Advanced Practice RN

    - MSN FNP, 14 (Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner)

    - MSN NNP, 5 (Master of Science in Nursing/Neonatal Nurse Practitioner)

    - DNP, CNM, 5 (Doctor of Nursing Practice/Certified Nurse Midwife


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees

    - Traditional program

    - FastBacc (one year accelerated program)

  • Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Leadership and Innovation program
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

    - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

    - Nurse-Midwife (CNM)

    - Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)

Rankings and Stats

  • U.S. News & World Report #72 of the Best Grad Schools for Nursing 2016
  • 1st 12-month FastBacc program, 1st in DFW metroplex
  • 100% certification rate for Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, Family Nurse Practitioners and Nurse-Midwifery
  • LHSON reports a 91.53% pass rate on the licensure exam for Undergraduate BSN program; compared to the 2014 NCLEX-RN examination pass rate for Texas programs of 81.02
  • Clinical ratio of students to faculty is 8 to 1
  • On average 75% of nursing students receive a job offer by the time of graduation and approximately 50% of those accept an offer with Baylor Scott & White Health.