Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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Are Baylor University’s online MSN and online DNP programs accredited?

Yes. Baylor University’s online Master of Science in Nursing program and online Doctor of Nursing Practice 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*).

Are the classes for all programs 100% online?

Excluding clinicals and residencies, coursework is 100% online.

What are the requirements to apply for the online MSN or DNP programs at Baylor University?

MSN Program Requirements

To enter the MSN online program, applicants must:

  • Complete a graduate- or undergraduate-level inferential statistics course with grade of C or better
  • Hold a BSN or MSN degree from an accredited school of nursing
  • Have a 3.0 cumulative GPA from most recent nursing degree
  • Submit three professional letters of reference (one from immediate supervisor and one from a co-worker)
  • Hold an unencumbered RN license
  • Have two years full-time nursing practice
  • Must be currently employed in nursing practice
  • Complete an on-campus or virtual interview and submit a writing sample

DNP Program Requirements

The requirements to enter the online DNP FNP program are:

  • Applicant must hold a BSN from an accredited school of nursing
  • Applicant must have a 3.0 GPA
  • You must submit three letters of recommendation (one from an immediate supervisor, one from a peer nurse, one from an MSN, DNP or PhD prepared nurse)
  • Must have one (1) year of full-time experience as a practicing professional nurse (additional work experience may be required by faculty)
  • Complete a faculty interview (in-person or Skype) and submit a writing sample
  • Hold an unencumbered RN license

The requirements to enter the online DNP Nurse Midwifery program are:

  • A BSN from an accredited school of nursing
  • Have a 3.0 GPA
  • Submit three letters of recommendation (one from an immediate supervisor, one from a peer nurse, one from an MSN, DNP or PhD prepared nurse)
  • Ideally (not required), have one year of clinical practice preferably in labor and delivery, extensive observational experiences of birth or education and practice as a doula.
  • Complete a faculty interview (in-person or Skype) and submit a writing sample
  • Hold an unencumbered RN license

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

  • A BSN from an accredited school of nursing
  • A 3.0 GPA
  • Submit three letters of recommendation (one from an immediate supervisor, one from a peer nurse, one from an MSN, DNP or PhD prepared nurse)
  • Have the equivalent of two years of full-time clinical practice experience (within the last five years) as a registered nurse in the care of critically ill neonates or infants in critical care inpatient settings before beginning clinical courses (level III NICU). Students may enroll in pre-clinical courses while obtaining the necessary practice experience.
  • Complete a faculty interview (in-person or Skype) and submit a writing sample
  • Hold an unencumbered RN license
Are the GRE or MAT required to enter the online MSN or DNP programs?

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

Can I get my nursing degree from Baylor if I don’t live in Texas?

Yes, we accept applicants from many states – view our state authorization page to find out if we accept applications from your state.

How much do the online MSN and DNP programs cost?

The online MSN and 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.

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.

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.

How long does the MSN program take to complete?

With courses at five weeks, the average completion time for this program is 16 months.

What is the pass rate for graduates of the Baylor nursing programs on national certifications?

Baylor nurses have a 100% certification first-time pass rate for Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, Family Nurse Practitioners and Nurse-Midwifery.

What specializations are available within the DNP program?

There are three distinct tracks offered within our DNP program including: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwifery, and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.  To learn more, you can go to our DNP page or fill out the form to get a program guide.

Accreditation & Authorization
Cost
Program Details
Requirements