Baylor and DBU Announce Nursing School Enrollment Agreement

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Dallas, TX – Officials from Baylor University and Dallas Baptist University (DBU) announced today the creation of a program that will expand nursing education opportunities at Baylor for DBU students.

Pictured (l to r): Dr. Shelley Conroy, dean and professor at Louise Herrington School of Nursing at Baylor; Dr. Gail Linam, DBU provost; and Dr. Elizabeth Davis, executive vice president and provost at Baylor.

The agreement, signed by Elizabeth Davis, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Provost at Baylor, and Gail Linam, Ph.D., DBU Provost, will allow DBU students to pursue a nursing career at Baylor by transferring their undergraduate course credits to Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) in order to complete their nursing degrees.

“This agreement will help to ensure that qualified DBU students can take advantage of Baylor’s excellent nursing program,” said Dr. Davis. “The Louise Herrington School of Nursing is focused on providing a high quality nursing education to equip students to meet the growing need for skilled nurses in our state and across the nation. Baylor and DBU share a strong Baptist heritage, and so we appreciate especially the opportunity this agreement gives us to partner with the pre-nursing program at DBU.”

Baylor University offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Successful completion of the BSN degree qualifies students to apply to the Texas Board of Nursing to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

All DBU students who seek admittance to the LHSON must apply to Baylor, qualify for admission and meet LHSON prerequisites, including the required competitive grade point average. The “articulation agreement” sets forth a program that will permit DBU students to transfer credit for courses taken at DBU to meet Baylor requirements. DBU students also will receive assistance with the LHSON application process. It is expected that approximately 30 percent of students admitted to the LHSON for each spring class will be transfers from DBU.

“This agreement provides DBU pre-nursing students with a clear path to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing,” stated Dr. Linam. “These students have the opportunity to complete their education from two respected institutions who both educate within a Christian environment while training for God’s call on their lives.”

The fact that the student body in the LHSON is comprised of students who desire a high quality nursing education within a Christian context helps fulfill the missions of both Universities, according to Shelley F. Conroy, Ph.D., dean and professor at Louise Herrington School of Nursing at Baylor.

“I’m delighted that we will now be able to provide DBU students with the opportunity to complete their nursing education at Baylor,” she said. “With this agreement, we enable DBU pre-nursing students to pursue their goal of becoming nurses, while remaining connected to the DBU community. DBU and Baylor share common core values and desires for the development of our students into well-rounded Christian servant-leaders. This is a good fit for both Universities.”