Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing

333 North Washington Avenue
Dallas, TX 75246
United States
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Baylor University has a Nurses Christian Fellowship group that meets during the semester.

Mission Statement

Our mission at the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing is to prepare Baccalaureate and Graduate level nurses, within a Christian community, for professional practice, healthcare leadership and worldwide service.


  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME)
  • Texas Board of Nursing

Program Distinctives

Our Christian faith is at the very heart of nursing theory and practice. We believe that nurses have been called to make a difference. Few academic disciplines give students the opportunity to so thoroughly integrate faith and learning, faith with leadership, and faith with service. Our school's unique faith based approach prepares our students for a committed life of caring.

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 Scott & White Health’s Baylor University Medical Center, and in 1950 became one of the six degree-granting schools of Baylor University. The first Baccalaureate degrees were granted in 1952, establishing the School among the earliest baccalaureate nursing programs in Texas. 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. The U.S. News & World Report 2022 Best Graduate Schools rankings include several LHSON programs, including the DNP program at No. 60 nationally and “Best Nursing” specialty rankings for LHSON’s USAGPAN, which operates at the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, at No. 8 nationally, and Baylor’s Nurse-Midwifery program, which is No. 21 in the nation.  In addition, U.S. News & World Report 2022 Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs ranked the LHSON No. 39.

Mission/Service-Learning Opportunities

Continuing our ministry of Baylor's nursing program, outreach through study and mission abroad is an important pillar of our missions at the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. Emphasizing servant leadership to influence global healthcare outcomes, students are offered the opportunity to participate in missions. Through domestic and international missions students give back to the community with their nursing skills and spiritual heart.

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) (traditional program)
  • FastBacc® One-year Accelerated BSN
  • Distance Accelerated BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
    • Family Nurse Practitioner track (online)
    • Nurse Midwifery track (online)
    • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner track (online)
    • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner track (online)
    • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (online)
    • Executive Nurse Leadership track (online)
  • U.S. Army Anesthesia Nursing Program DNP

Degree Types

BSN - Bachelor's of Science in Nursing
DNP - Doctor of Nursing Practice