Post Master's DNP

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
  • Three letters of recommendation as follows: One must be from an immediate supervisor, one must be from a peer nurse and one must be from a MSN, DNP or PhD prepared nurse
  • Verification of total clinical hours obtained for the Master's degree

If selected to be interviewed for admission:
1) A writing sample at time of interview
2) Faculty interview (in-person or Skype)

If admitted into the DNP program:
3) Current licensure to practice as an RN in Texas before beginning course of study (for midwifery only)
4) All DNP students must be licensed to practice nursing in the State of Texas or the state where clinicals will be completed (for those in fully online programs).
5) Documentation of successful completion (grade of B or better) of a graduate level statistics course prior to matriculation into the program.

Application Deadlines
For priority consideration, applicants should submit all admission materials on or before October 15th.
The final deadline to apply for the BSN to DNP for Fall 2018 is January 15, 2018.

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

For More Information Contact:

Graduate Nursing Admissions 
(214) 820-3361

Endalk Tulu, LHSON Financial Aid Manager
(214) 820-4143 or