Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) signed an articulation agreement with Austin College at a ceremony at the LHSON on April 26, 2019. The new partnership will allow Austin College students interested in pursuing a nursing career to be eligible to enter an accelerated post-baccalaureate FastBacc® program at the LHSON.
Under the new agreement, students who complete a Bachelor of Arts degree at Austin College, including all prerequisite courses required by Baylor, will receive preferential admissions consideration over other non-Baylor students applying to the program. LHSON academic advisors will work with Austin College faculty and staff to make sure interested Austin College students are fulfilling all prerequisites and admission requirements, and Baylor faculty will also be available to interview FastBacc® candidates. The Baylor LHSON FastBacc® program will be immediately available to students entering Austin College in the fall 2019 and to current students who have fulfilled the requirements.
“We look forward to welcoming students from Austin College to our FastBacc® program,” said Dean Shelley F. Conroy, EdD, MS, RN, CNE, Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. “Here at The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing, we consider ourselves called to prepare the next generation of nurses to Learn, Lead, and Serve through the integration of faith and excellent academics.”
"We are so pleased to establish this partnership with LHSON. The FastBacc® program will provide a pathway for our students to take full advantage of an Austin College liberal arts education and then complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at LHSON in one additional year," said Dr. Kelly Reed, Pre-Health Director, Austin College.
The FastBacc® program is a rigorous, intensive 12-month program that combines traditional classroom learning, online courses, clinical and lab experiences, and hybrid interactive learning courses. Students who complete the FastBacc® program are qualified to apply to the Board of Nursing to take the NCLEX licensure exam