Sep 22, 2017

St. Edward’s University signed an articulation agreement with the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) at a ceremony on Sept. 22, 2017, in Waco, Texas. The new partnership will allow Austin-based St. Edward’s University students interested in pursuing a nursing career to be eligible to enter an accelerated post-baccalaureate FastBacc program at LHSON. 

Under the new agreement, students who complete any bachelor's degree at St. Edward’s University, including all prerequisite courses required by Baylor, will receive preferential admissions consideration over other non-Baylor students applying to the program. LHSON academic advisors will work with St. Edward’s faculty and staff to make sure interested St. Edward’s students are fulfilling all prerequisites and admission requirements, and Baylor faculty will also be available to interview FastBacc candidates. The Baylor LHSON FastBacc program will be immediately available to students entering St. Edward’s in the spring of 2017 and to current students who have fulfilled the requirements. 

“We look forward to welcoming students from St. Edward’s University to our FastBacc program,” said Dean Shelley F. Conroy, EdD, MS, RN, CNE, Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. “Here at The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing, we consider ourselves called to prepare the next generation of nurses to Learn, Lead, and Serve through the integration of faith and excellent academics.” 

The FastBacc program is a rigorous, intensive 12-month bachelor of science in nursing program that combines traditional classroom learning, online courses, clinical and lab experiences, and hybrid interactive learning courses. Students who complete the FastBacc program are qualified to apply to the Board of Nursing to take the NCLEX licensure exam.

“Our new partnership with the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing provides us an important opportunity to help students continue their interest in nursing and develop their professional path,” said Jason De La Rosa, associate director of Pre-Health Professions at St. Edward’s University. “This program opens the door for future nursing students to better understand themselves, clarify their personal values, and recognize their responsibility to the world around them.”

The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) located in Dallas was established in 1909 as a diploma program within Baylor Hospital in Dallas, which is now Baylor University Medical Center, and in 1950 became one of the six degree-granting schools of Baylor University. The first Baccalaureate degrees were granted in 1950 establishing the school among the earliest baccalaureate nursing programs in Texas. In 1999, the School was renamed the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing after Louise Herrington Ornelas, a 1992 Baylor Alumna Honoris Causa, who made an endowment gift to the school. Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, LHSON offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees through a Traditional program and FastBacc (one year accelerated) program. LHSON also offers an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Leadership and Innovation program, as well as Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs to include, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Nurse-Midwife (CNM) and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP). LHSON was featured in U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) for the 2018 Best Graduate Schools ranking the DNP program #47 and MSN program #56.The Nurse Midwifery program’s 2017 #10 ranking remains in place for four years. In 2017, USNWR ranked the Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Innovation online degree program at #39 of the “2017 Best Online Graduate Programs.”  For more information visit

St. Edward’s University is a private, liberal arts college in the Catholic, Holy Cross tradition with approximately 4,600 students. Located in Austin, Texas, it is one of the top universities in Texas and offers undergraduate and graduate programs, including MBA programs and a master’s degree in counseling. With a network of partner universities around the world, St. Edward’s is a diverse community with educational opportunities designed to inspire students to cultivate a global perspective. St. Edward’s has been recognized for 15 consecutive years as one of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report and ranks in the top 20 Best Regional Universities in the Western Region. For more information on St. Edward’s, visit