Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Baylor University's online programs:

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Accreditation & Authorization

Are Baylor University’s online DNP programs and the Distance ABSN program accredited?

Yes. Baylor University’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice programs and the Distance ABSN program are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE**). The DNP Nurse Midwifery online program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME*).

Cost

How much does the Distance ABSN program cost?

The cost of the Distance ABSN online program is $66,834. Typically, the program requires 62 credit hours to complete. 

Schedule an Appointment or contact an Enrollment Advisor today at 888-227-5901. Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.

Is financial aid available to online students?

A variety of financial aid is available to online students. Find more information on our Tuition & Financial Aid page.

How much do the online DNP programs cost?

The online DNP programs are each $1,100 per credit hour. Cost varies depending on the overall credits required to complete your degree, as well as any transfer credits. To calculate total tuition cost for your specific degree path, contact an Enrollment Advisor today at 888-227-5901.

Requirements

Where can I find information on applying to Baylor University?

You can find more information on this page or contact your Baylor University Enrollment Advisor at 888-227-5901.

Are the GRE or MAT required to enter the online DNP programs?

No, these tests are not required to apply for our programs.

What are the requirements to apply for the online DNP, and Distance ABSN programs at Baylor University?

DNP Admission Requirements

The requirements to apply for the online DNP-ENL program are:

  • MSN from a regionally accredited school of nursing, or any master’s in business/health-related degree such as MHA, MPH, MBA, etc.
  • BSN from an accredited school of nursing 
  • GPA: 3.0 or above (BSN)
  • Current unencumbered RN license
  • Two years of healthcare administration (Director or above – flexible on title) within the past five years

The requirements to apply for the online DNP FNP program are:

  • BSN from an accredited school of nursing 
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA 
  • One (1) year of full-time experience as a practicing professional nurse by the first day of class (additional work experience may be required by faculty) 
  • Current unencumbered RN license 
  • GRE or MAT not required

The requirements to apply for the online DNP Nurse Midwifery program are:

  • BSN from an accredited school of nursing  
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA 
  • At least one year of full-time experience as a professional nurse in labor and delivery, on the mother-baby unit, or in an outpatient OB/GYN setting by the start of classes.  Extensive observational experiences of birth, or education and practice as a doula will be considered.  Applicants with other experiences in the maternal-child health specialty will be considered individually. 
  • Current unencumbered RN license 
  • GRE or MAT not required

The requirements to apply for the online DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program are:

  • BSN from an accredited school of nursing 
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA 
  • The equivalent of a minimum (1) year of full-time Level 3 NICU neo-natal clinical practice experience (by the first day of class). Experience MUST be current and required within the last five years as a registered nurse in the care of critically ill neonates or infant in critical care inpatient settings. Students may participate in the pre-clinical portion of the program while obtaining the necessary practice experience. 
  • Current unencumbered RN license 
  • GRE or MAT not required

The requirements to apply for the online DNP Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program are:

  • BSN from an accredited school of nursing  
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA 
  • One (1) year of full-time experience as a practicing professional nurse by the first day of class (additional work experience may be required by faculty) 
  • Current unencumbered RN license 
  • GRE or MAT not required

Distance ABSN Admission Requirements

The requirements to apply for the Distance ABSN online program are:

  • Completed bachelor's degree in any non-nursing discipline
  • 52 pre-req credits must be completed before start
  • 3.0 GPA on pre-req courses, 2.75 GPA on science courses
    • After 52 hours in the program, you must maintain a 3.0 GPA 
  • HESI Exam

Program Details

How many start dates does the online DNP program have per year?

Three, in January, May and August.

How many start dates does the Distance ABSN program have per year?

Two, in January and August.

Do you require a pre-nursing test for Distance ABSN program candidates?

Yes, we require the HESI A2 and Math & English Composite tests. You must receive an 80 in both sections.

Do pre-requisite credits for the Distance ABSN program have to be completed at Baylor University?

No, but please connect with your enrollment advisor at 888-227-5901 to confirm equivalency and ensure the credits transfer.

Can a prospective Distance ABSN student continue to work while completing the program?

No, ABSN students may not work while enrolled in the program due to the academic rigor of the program.

Are the classes for all programs 100% online?

Excluding clinicals and residencies, coursework is 100% online.

Can I apply for the Distance ABSN program if I live within the Collin, Rockwall, Dallas or Tarrant counties of Texas?

The Baylor Distance ABSN program is currently designed for students residing in Texas, but outside the DFW metro area. Students who reside within Dallas, Tarrant, counties should apply for the on-campus accelerated FastBacc® program at the Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas.

What specializations are available within the DNP program?

We have two DNP programs. One offers three distinct tracks including Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwifery, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. The DNP-ENL helps students to develop executive knowledge and competencies to strategically lead change, transform care models to improve patient outcomes, and influence healthcare organizations and systems. To learn more, you can go to our DNP page or fill out the form to get a program guide.

How long does the Distance ABSN program take to complete?

The Distance ABSN program takes 45 weeks to complete--under 1 year.

How long will it take to complete the online DNP program?

The length to program completion will vary depending on the student’s background.

Program Eligibility

Which courses/credits can be transferred to the online DNP program if they were taken/earned within the past five (5) years?

Typically, there are very few clinical courses included in these disciplines. Examples of courses that may be considered for transferability include (but not limited to) include:

  • Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physical Assessment
Which practitioner degree disciplines may be eligible to transfer to the online DNP program?

The following practitioner degree disciplines may be eligible to transfer to the online DNP program:

  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
Does my non-practitioner MSN make me eligible for Baylor’s Post-Graduate DNP program?

If your MSN degree is in any of the following disciplines, you will not be qualified to apply as a Post-Graduate DNP candidate and would need to participate in our full program. Our full program consists of most/all of the 75-credit-hr, 10-Semester, 40-month BSN to DNP program.

  • MSN-Nurse Educator
  • MSN-Clinical Leadership
  • MSN-Informatics
  • MSN-Leadership
  • MSN-Administration
Do I qualify for the online DNP program as a Post-Graduate Candidate?

You must have completed your MSN board-certification in one (1) of the following Baylor offered disciplines to qualify as a post-graduate student.

  • Family Nurse Practitioner 
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner 
  • Practitioner of Nurse-Midwifery 
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Am I still eligible for the online DNP program is my previous educational institution did not use a traditional grading system?

No, Baylor does not allow students from educational institutions that do not have a traditional grading system. Students from Western Governor’s for example, are not eligible for Baylor’s nursing programs.