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. We also offer online programs by clicking here.

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 an endowment gift to the school.

LHSON is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)* and offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees through a Traditional program and FastBacc (one year accelerated program). LHSON also offers Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) online programs to include, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Nurse-Midwifery (NM), Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) as well as an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Leadership and Innovation program. We also offer a DNP Executive Nurse Leadership online track and a DNP U.S. Army Anesthesia Nursing Program (USAGPAN).

* The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Baylor University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. 

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.

Enrollment (as of September 2019)
For more than 110 years, LHSON has educated over 6,000 graduates who are known to be academically, spiritually and personally prepared for service.

  • Traditional track BSN enrollment: 409 
  • FastBacc track BSN enrollment: 86
  • Pre-Nursing students: 371
  • DNP Program online tracks
    - Midwifery, 42
    - Family Nurse Practitioner, 89
    - Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, 24
    - Executive Nurse Leadership, 6
  • Online Master in Science in Nursing enrollment: 17
  • U.S. Army Anesthesia Nursing DNP program: 62 (two cohorts)
    (In June 2020, when our 3rd cohort starts, we will have 86.)


  • 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), online track
    - Nurse-Midwifery (NM), online track 
    - Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP), online track
    - Executive Nurse Leadership (ENL), online track
    - United States Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing (USAGPAN)

Rankings and Stats

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked LHSON in their 2019 Best Graduate Schools. LHSON's Doctor of Nursing Practice is ranked at No. 54. In addition, our Nurse- Midwifery program is ranked No. 10 nationally under the health disciplines category, which remains through 2019. LHSON's online MSN in Nursing Leadership and Innovation was ranked No. 39 of the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs. 
  • For our Undergraduate program, the 2016-2017 NCLEX-RN licensure exam pass rate is 95% according to the Texas Board of Nursing 2017. 
  • Clinical ratio of students to faculty is 8 to 1
  • On average 85% to 90% 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