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 accredited?

Yes. Baylor University’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice programs 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*).


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.

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.

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 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 supervisory/management experience at Director level or above, with strategic planning, budgetary, and financial responsibilities 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 at time of application. 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

The requirements for applying for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program are:

  • BSN from an accredited school of nursing
  • 3.0 GPA
  • One (1) year of full-time experience as a practicing professional nurse by the first day of class
  • Current unencumbered RN license
  • Complete an acceptable written personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation, as follows:
    • One must be from an immediate supervisor
    • One must be from a peer nurse
    • One must be from an MSN, DNP, or PhD prepared nurse
  • No GRE or MAT Required

Program Details

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

Three, in January, May and August.

Are the classes for all programs 100% online?

Excluding clinicals and residencies, coursework is 100% online.

What specializations are available within the DNP program?

We have two DNP programs. One offers four distinct tracks including Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwifery, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care 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 will it take to complete the online DNP program?

Students typically complete the DNP program in the following timeframe. Please note that actual length to program completion will vary depending on the student's background and selected track.

Specialty Advanced Practice Tracks (DNP-FNP, DNP-NNP, DNP-PNP, DNP-NM, DNP-AGACNP)

  • BSN holders typically complete our DNP program in three (3) years and four (4) months, skipping the Master’s degree program entirely
  • MSN holders typically complete our DNP program in 18 to 24 months 
  • Students in our Pediatric Primary/Acute Care track typically complete the program in four (4) years 

Executive Nurse Leadership Track (DNP-ENL)

  • DNP-ENL students typically complete the program in two (2) years

Program Eligibility

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 programs:

  • 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.

Am I still eligible for the online DNP program if 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.

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

Clinical Placement Services

Do I Have to do Anything After I Complete the Intake Form?

The Placement team will ensure your clinical site and preceptor are located within your regional area and meet all the requirements - from restricted settings and support to education and experience. Once you have received your site information, your only responsibility will be to contact the site and discuss your clinic hours.

What is the Placement Experience Like?

During the placement experience, you will have access to faculty and other resources to support you. Faculty will be available to mentor and support you throughout the rotation if there are any specific questions about procedures, patient interactions, and general proficiencies. At the end of the placement rotation, you and your preceptor will review requirements, complete surveys and officially end the placement rotation. If you have multiple rotations, you will receive the next preceptor/site details.

What Tools Will Be Available to Support Me During My Clinicals?

Clinical faculty and your preceptor will be your primary support during clinical rotation courses. You will also record your assessment /recommendations in SOAP (Subjective, Objective, Assessment and Plan) Notes. This will be reviewed and critiqued so you can achieve better practice methods.

How does the clinical placement process work?

Shortly after enrollment, you will be provided with a placement intake form you are required to complete that captures your competencies, experience, and placement preferences. 

Baylor University will collaborate with you to identify a quality placement site and preceptor. While the placement team is securing sites and preceptors, you will be responsible for completing clinical clearance requirements in preparation for placement, including:

  • Drug screening
  • Background check
  • Recommended vaccinations

You will not be permitted to begin your placement rotations without your clearances complete. Once the sites have been approved by the School of Nursing, Baylor University will share the placement site details with you prior to placement.

What Can I Expect from My Preceptor?

Your preceptor is your on-site role model and will help you develop as a nurse during your clinical rotation. They will:

  • Bridge the gap between theory and actual practice
  • Orient you to the practice setting (key personnel, organization, and institutional policies)
  • Help you plan clinical assignments
  • Provide one-on-one supervision and daily feedback
  • Review and co-sign all documentation in the clinical records
What Courses Are Required for the Online DNP programs Clinical Hours?

Baylor University’ Online DNP program requirements for clinical hours are:

DNP - Family Nurse Practitioner:

  • NUR 5452 - Advanced Health Assessment 
  • NUR 5250 or 5251 - Domestic Low Resource or FNP International Clinical
  • NUR 5153 - Advanced Practice FNP I & NM I Primary Care Practicum 
  • NUR 5450 - FNP Residency
  • NUR 6V76 - Advanced Practice Nursing Residency
  • NUR 5359 - Advanced Family Practice II 

DNP - Neonatal Nurse Practitioner:

  • NUR 5163 - Advanced Assessment of the Newborn/Infant Practicum
  • NUR 5266 - Advanced Neonatal Nursing Practicum I
  • NUR 5363 - Advanced Neonatal Nursing Practicum II
  • NUR 5369 - NNP Residency
  • NUR 6V76 - Advanced Practice Nursing Residency

DNP - Nurse-Midwifery:

  • NUR 5153 - Advanced Practice FNP I & NM I Primary Care Practicum
  • NUR 5452 - Advanced Health Assessment
  • NUR 5345 - Nurse Midwifery III: Care of the Childbearing Family 
  • NUR 5346 - Nurse Midwifery IV: High Risk Family 
  • NUR 5V43 - Nurse Midwifery II: Women’s Health 
  • NUR 5370 & NUR 6V76: Advanced Practice Nurse-Midwifery Residency

DNP - Pediatric Nurse Practitioner:


  • NUR 5100 - Advanced Pediatric Health Care Management I: Practicum
  • NUR 5200 - Advanced Pediatric Health Care Management II: Practicum
  • NUR 5309 - Advanced Pediatric Health Care Management III: Practicum 
  • NUR 5400 - PNP Primary Care Residency
  • NUR 6V76 - Advanced Practice Nursing Residency


  • NUR 6310 - Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I: Practicum 
  • NUR 6406 - Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II: Practicum

DNP – Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner:

  • NUR 5213 - Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP I Practicum 
  • NUR 5214 - Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP II Practicum
  • NUR 5336 - Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP III Practicum
  • NUR 5215 - AGACNP Residency 
  • NUR 6V78 - APN Residency
What Are My Responsibilities as a Student?

Your responsibilities during clinical rotations include:

  • Reviewing objectives for fulfilling clinical requirements
  • Providing your preceptor with daily written objectives and evaluation forms
  • Reviewing existing clinical protocols and Baylor University’s protocols with your preceptor
  • Documenting all clinical encounters using a SOAP (Subjective, Objective, Assessment and Plan) format
  • Ensuring you are always under the supervision of your preceptor
How Does This Benefit You?

Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing believes you are only as successful as your training, which is why we will collaborate with you to identify clinical sites and preceptors for clinical rotations. This will enable you to focus on coursework and developing core competencies rather than spending a significant amount of time on the logistics of clinical placements. However, if you already have a placement site or preceptor in mind, students are encouraged to refer them to the placement team to secure. Additionally, you may find clinical placement sites to be potential locations for future employment opportunities upon graduation.

What Can I Expect on My First Day of Clinicals?

Clinical orientation is different for each site, but you can expect to complete the clinicals clearances, learn about appropriate dress codes and the necessary clinical tools. 

What is Clinical Placement?

Clinical placement is the required clinical education component of Baylor University’s Online Doctor of Nursing Practice programs (DNP) and the Distance ABSN program. Clinicals work closely with the classroom-based coursework to prepare you for your future providing primary care in the field.

After I Approve My Site, How Long Before I Start My Clinicals?

You’ll receive an email notification approximately 30 days before you begin your clinical rotation. This email will detail the site and preceptor information, any additional requirements requested by the site. It is at this time that you will introduce yourself to the site and determine a detailed schedule for completing your clinical hours for that rotation.


Does the current situation with COVID-19 impact when classes start?

No. All online classes are still scheduled to begin on the planned start dates and are not impacted by COVID-19.

Where can I go for more information about Baylor University’s response to COVID-19?

You can find additional information about Baylor’s response to COVID-19 here:

In what ways is Baylor University supporting students who are facing this difficult time as nurses?

Baylor is giving as much grace as possible to students this semester and working to meet your needs. Your Student Success Advisor will work with you to give support, identify challenges, and provide unique solutions that will help you balance your education with changes in your personal life.

Is Baylor University still providing Clinical Placement Services during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes. We are working diligently to ensure that all students are placed for clinicals while respecting the challenges that our healthcare partners are experiencing during this pandemic. We will continue to work with you individually to find solutions that set you up for success.

Should I anticipate an interruption in the availability of Enrollment Advisors, faculty, or in standard course delivery?

We are continuing to serve students without disruption during this time. Those who are inquiring about enrollment in a Baylor online nursing program are able to discuss options with an Enrollment Advisor who will work with them through the admissions process. For current students, we fully expect that they will have normal access to faculty and course materials.