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The Baylor Distance ABSN program is currently designed for students residing in Texas. Students who reside within the DFW area can also apply for the on-campus accelerated FastBacc® program at the Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas.
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Become a nurse in only 1 year with this accelerated program

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98% nclex first-time pass rate for 2023

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Distance ABSN students had a pass rate of 98% in 2023

 Baylor's Distance ABSN Program Fast Facts

Align Your Knowledge & 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 online 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:

  • Program completion in 1 year
  • 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
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 Is Baylor's Distance ABSN program the right fit for me?

If you are ready for a career change into the fulfilling and financially rewarding profession of nursing, consider Baylor's Distance ABSN program.

In just one year, this intensive full-time program will prepare you to change your life and the lives of others. Students with a completed bachelor's degree in a non-nursing discipline will complete 62 hours of nursing coursework and earn their BSN through a combination of teaching methodologies, including online courses, clinical and lab experiences, and hybrid interactive learning courses. There will be two on-campus visits, followed by clinicals in the field.

The Baylor Distance ABSN program is currently designed for residents of Texas. This fast-track one-year program is a good fit for students who fit the above criteria and want to learn from nationally recognized faculty, benefit from strong academics and a well-earned reputation, gain clinical experience in underserved communities, and study nursing through a Christian worldview.

 Online ABSN Curriculum At-A-Glance

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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.

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.

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.

Clinical Placement Support

Clinical placement is a required educational component of Baylor’s online nursing programs. The hands-on learning, supervision and applying theory into practice prepare you for your future role in the field. Many students also find potential employment opportunities at their placement site upon graduation.


How Does This Benefit You?

At Baylor, we believe you are only as successful as your training—that’s why we collaborate with our students to identify and secure sites and preceptors for all clinical rotations. Our staff will sort through the logistics of clinical placement so you can focus more on coursework and building competencies as a nurse.


How Does the Clinical Placement Process Work?

As a newly enrolled student, you’ll partner with our clinical team to determine unique placement needs. We’ll collaborate with you to identify placement opportunities, including locating and securing a quality site and preceptor during your program. You’ll be responsible for several preparation tasks, including filling out forms, passing a drug screening, background check and proof of recommended vaccinations.


What is the Placement Experience Like?

During your placement experience, you’ll have access to faculty and resources to support you on and off-site, including mentorship and guidance for procedures, patient interactions and proficiencies. At the end of your rotation, you and your preceptor will review requirements and complete any surveys. You may receive new details for your next clinical experience if you have multiple rotations.


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 focus on helping you bridge gaps between theory and practice, orientate you to the practice setting, help you plan clinical assignments, provide 1:1 supervision, give daily feedback and complete required paperwork on your behalf.


Baylor nurses are very caring, careful and detail-oriented. Learn, Lead and Serve; that's definitely what Baylor University is all about.

Mariah Sauceda | Distance ABSN Student

Nursing student in the Distance ABSN program at Baylor University Online
The faculty and staff here, they all care & want you to do well, and they are truly invested in making sure that your experience is one that will result in you being a Baylor nurse.

Ansel Graham | Distance ABSN Student

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Baylor establishes their contracts with institutions to provide us with one preceptor per student and sets requirements for the preceptors. I believe this will have a significant impact on the experience that we receive in the clinical learning environment.

Joanne Zuniga | Distance ABSN Student

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 Baylor Nursing By The Numbers

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98% of Distance ABSN students pass the NCLEX licensure exam on their first try (2023)
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90% of nursing students receive a job offer at time of graduation
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Baylor University is ranked higher than 95% of Best Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs in the Nation in 2022 - US News & World Report

 Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Baylor University's Distance Accelerated BSN program

Through Baylor’s distance accelerated BSN you can have a career in nursing in under 1 year.

Excluding clinicals and residencies, the ABSN coursework is 100% online.

Yes. Baylor University’s Distance ABSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE**).

Online Accelerated BSN degrees offer the fastest pathway to enter the profession of nursing. This full-time program allows anyone with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree to become a qualified nurse in as little as 1 year.

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

Registered nurses answer a calling to heal others and can work in a variety of healthcare settings. Depending on specialization and setting, daily responsibilities include: conduct patient assessments, administer medication, educate families, and much more.

The nursing shortage in Texas is severe. According to the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies, by 2032, Texas will have 57,000 unfilled positions for registered nurses. Online accelerated BSN degree programs are growing in popularity because nurses are needed more than ever.

 Saraya Tiner - Distance ABSN student

Saraya Tiner shares her personal experience as a student in Baylor's Distance ABSN program in this short video testimonial. Hear from other students here.

Saraya Tiner - Distance ABSN student

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 healthcare reform. The need for nurses has never been greater.

  • 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

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.

Program Outcomes

The curriculum is designed to provide learning experiences that will prepare the graduates to:

  • Synthesize liberal education and Christian principles in safe, compassionate, professional nursing care.
  • Practice as a professional nurse to facilitate human need fulfillment of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Utilize the human needs framework and current evidence as a basis for professional nursing practice.
  • Utilize information management systems to deliver, evaluate, and improve the safety and effectiveness of patient care.
  • Demonstrate effective communication, collaboration, and care coordination as a member of the inter-professional health care team to improve health outcomes.
  • Demonstrate professional, ethical, moral, legal, and spiritual concepts into one's practice within a global environment.
  • Synthesize leadership and management strategies in the delivery of health promotion and disease prevention at the individual and population level.
  • Demonstrate understanding of healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory standards on quality outcomes and nursing practice
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Featured in U.S. News & World Report for the 2023-2024 Best Nursing Schools.

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#1 Nursing College in Texas ranked Baylor as the #1 Best Nursing School in Texas.

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We rigorously adhere to the accreditation standards established by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)**.

We think you will find our school unlike any other in that we truly do consider ourselves as called to prepare nurses through the integration of faith and excellent academics.

**The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at Baylor University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.


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