Baylor Pre-Nursing

We are thrilled that you have chosen to attend Baylor University as a Pre-Nursing student. In order to successfully complete the pre-nursing sequence at the Waco campus and join us at the Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas, you must demonstrate successful completion of your prerequisite courses and pass an entrance exam. Further, you must meet all appropriate deadlines for progression and application.

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 (PNU1) major. Upon fulfilling the requirements shown below for PNU1, students may progress to the Pre-Nursing 2 (PNU2) major which is a pre-requisite requirement for admission to the school of nursing. A student may remain in the PNU1 major for a maximum of three academic semesters. A student must be classified as a PNU2 student to apply for admission to the LHSON. A student may remain in the PNU2 major for a maximum of three academic semesters.

In order to declare the major of PNU2, a PNU1 student must meet the following lower division requirements.

  1. Completion of at least two of the four 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. Completion of the HESI A2 Math and Verbal Composite sections of the nursing admission exam with a grade of 80 or higher in each category.
  4. Cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher.
  5. Pre-nursing students may repeat a required lower division course only once.
  6. Pre-nursing students may repeat no more than two required lower division courses.
  7. Courses with a grade of “C” or higher may not be repeated to raise either the cumulative or pre-nursing GPA.

Baylor University students wishing to apply to LHSON must be in good standing; classified as a PNU2; and must meet the following admission criteria based on your catalog year:

  • 43 of the 59 prerequisite course hours completed

  • 2 of the 4 prerequisite science courses completed (8 hours) with a minimum science GPA of 2.5 (2.75 science GPA effective 2018-2019 catalog)

  • 3.0 minimum GPA of completed prerequisite courses
  • 2.5 minimum cumulative Baylor GPA (2.75 cumulative Baylor GPA effective 2018-2019 catalog)
  • HESI A2 Exam requirements
    * English Composite score of 80 or above
    * Math score of 80 or above

Formal application to the School of Nursing is required through NursingCas. Application deadlines for the Traditional Program are January 15th for fall admission and July 15th for spring admission. Acceptance to the School of Nursing is term specific. Students are not granted automatic deferment of acceptance.

Prerequisite Course Information

There are 59 hours of required courses a student must complete prior to starting our program. However, a student only needs 43 of the 59 hours of prerequisite courses completed (including 2 of the 4 science courses) in order to apply. A student must successfully complete all prerequisite courses 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. The minimum grade point average to be considered for admission is a 3.0 in the prerequisite courses.

Prerequisite Courses
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.
  • Applicants may only repeat a maximum of two required lower division courses.4 Science courses: Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology II, and Chemistry
  • 3 English courses: English I, English II, and English Literature1
  • 2 Government courses: Federal Government, and State & Local Government2 & 3
  • 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 Psychology4
  • 1 Sociology course
  • 2 semesters of same Foreign Language (Spanish recommended)5
    1May 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.
    2Baylor 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.
    3Must be a course in World History, Western Civilization, a survey course in American History, or History of the American Woman.
    4Course must cover entire life span.
    5If 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
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 July 15 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

Additional Application Information
Please carefully review the official Admissions Policy to acquaint yourself with ALL requirements for attending the Louise Herrington School of Nursing.

New Student Experience
All Baylor Pre-Nursing majors are strongly encouraged to complete their NSE  course by taking NUR 1101 The Art and Science of Nursing during the first fall semester of attendance. For more information, contact Monica Mullins, Director of Student Services 

Pre-Nursing Office
The Nursing School provides support to Pre-Nursing majors on the Waco campus through the Pre-Nursing Office in the Baylor Science Building (BSB).  Please email with any further questions.