Distance Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Number 1 Nursing school in Texas

#1 Nursing School in Texas

Online Masters in Nursing

Main coursework is online with one 2-week, on-campus visit followed by clinicals in the field

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[em]Distance[/em] Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Align Your Knowledge and Skills to a More Fulfilling Career

The post-baccalaureate accelerated BSN program at Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing is an intensive full-time program with a combination of teaching methodologies including on-line courses, clinical and lab experiences, and hybrid interactive learning courses.

Students with a completed bachelor's degree in a non-nursing discipline will complete 62 hours of nursing course work and stand out as a Baylor nurse:

  • Gain clinical experience working with underserved communities
  • Benefit from strong academics and a well-earned reputation
  • Learn nursing through a Christian worldview
  • Change your life and the lives of others

Program Features At-A-Glance

  • Earn your Bachelor of Nursing degree from the Louise Herrington School of Nursing, ranked #25 for Most Innovative Schools
  • Main coursework is online with one 2-week, on-campus visit followed by clinicals in the field
  • Practicum requirement total: 720 hours 
  • Courses range from 3 to 10 weeks in length, with 2 admission intakes per year
  • Students learn from nationally recognized faculty
  • Clinical Placement Services for students
  • Total credits: 62

Admissions Requirements At-A-Glance

  • 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 pre-req courses
  • HESI Exam

Am I Eligible?

  • Visit our FAQs Page for answers to questions regarding program eligibility.
  • Visit our State Authorization page for a list of Texas counties in which we accept applicants for the Accelerated BSN program.

Accelerated BSN Nursing Program Prerequisites

Here are the prerequisites needed before you can start your ABSN program:

  • Microbiology
  • Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Chemistry
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition II
  • English Literature
  • Federal Government
  • Bible-based Religion
  • World Religion
  • History 
  • Nutrition
  • Statistics 
  • Intro to Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Intro to Sociology

Clinical Placements Provided

At Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, we strongly believe in setting our online ABSN students up for success. That's why we will collaborate with you to identify clinical sites and preceptors for clinical rotations. Additionally, clinical placement sites may be potential locations for future employment opportunities upon graduation. If you already have a placement site or preceptor in mind, we encourage you to refer them to our placement team to secure. Download the Online ABSN brochure for more information.

Accelerated BSN Curriculum At-A-Glance

Focused on the elements of professional nursing, the curriculum provides a detailed study of foundations, process, and standards.

NUR 3212 - Professional Development: Foundations for Practice

Introduces the role of the professional nurse as a member of the interprofessional healthcare team through concepts such as the nursing process, standards of practice, and philosophy of nursing from a current and historical perspective. Critical thinking, therapeutic communication, and caring are also introduced as tools to enhance the nurse-patient relationship.

NUR 3330 - Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice

An introduction to the concepts of professional nursing practice, emphasizing the establishment of the nurse-patient relationship, application of the nursing process, and development of psychomotor skills.

NUR 4338 - Analysis and Synthesis of Complex Human Needs

This course provides a critical analysis of individuals with multiple and complex problems and the effects of those problems on families and groups. A case-study/discussion format will be used to integrate physiological and spiritual needs across levels of care and across the lifespan.

Download Your Distance ABSN Program Guide

Emerge as a Skilled Nurse with Baylor's Distance ABSN program

Through the Louise Herrington School of Nursing’s Distance ABSN program – an immersive,  accelerated BSN online program designed for bachelor’s degree holders – you can prepare for a rewarding career in nursing in under 1 year. Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Elements of Professional Nursing—understand concepts of professional nursing and the role of the nurse as a member of an interprofessional healthcare team.
  • The Human Needs Framework—master key elements of nursing practice as it pertains to care of patients and families with a diverse range of needs.
  • Clinical Competencies—plan and deliver nursing care for individuals and families at different stages of life – including babies, children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly – with health issues of varying complexity.
  • Healthcare Issues and Policy—understand the current issues and factors shaping healthcare on a national and global level and how they impact diverse cultures and communities.

A Need for Nurses

There’s an RN shortage in Texas because of the baby boomer generation needing more care, current RNs moving into retirement, and health care reform. The need for nurses has never been greater. Here are some stats in relation to the RN shortage:

  • 1 million RNs will retire by 2030
  • Texas has the 2nd largest RN shortage in the nation
  • 17% of Texans lack health insurance
  • Demand for nurses is projected to grow 12% through 2028