School of NursingAttending the Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing at the University of St. Thomas in Houston means you will focus on holistic nursing. This is a form of nursing that engages with a patient’s body, mind and spirit to care for the whole person.

To build an effective relationship with patients and facilitate their healing, nurses need to speak articulately, write clearly, reason well and make good decisions. Those “process skills” are strengthened through the University's core curriculum and in the small classes you’ll find in the nursing program.

UST’s School of Nursing offers undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees, with on-campus and online learning opportunities. The four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program incorporates UST’s core curriculum, specific pre-nursing courses and courses in the nursing major. This major prepares students for initial RN licensure and entry into the workforce.  Additionally, the second-degree Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program offers a fast track for students with non-nursing bachelor’s degrees to earn their BSN in as few as 12 months.

Graduates may become Nurse Practitioners with a master’s or doctorate degree. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is designed for working nurses wanting to advance their nursing career.

Professional nurses may also expand their abilities through the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. UST’s DNP program offers tracks in Transformational Leadership and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Additionally, UST offers a Post-APRN or Post-Master’s Certificate for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).

The BSN degree incorporates:

  • UST’s core curriculum
  • Specific pre-nursing courses
  • Courses in the nursing major

A BSN prepares you for initial RN licensure. You will qualify to take the NCLEX-RN Licensure Exam in order to practice as an entry-level nurse.

learn more - view the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program 

A Minor in Health Services is designed for students who’s vocation is not nursing, but want to obtain the knowledge so they can have a career in healthcare. 

minor plan - Health Services

The 12-month ABSN program is designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field who want to earn a BSN on an accelerated timeline. It combines:

  • Online coursework
  • Onsite skills labs
  • Clinical rotations

Upon completion of this full-time program, you will qualify to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam in order to practice as an entry-level nurse.

learn more - view the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing progam

The MSN program is tailored for nurses working full-time, with coursework primarily online and supplemented with lab work on the UST campus.

Concentrations offered are:

  1. Nursing Education
  2. Healthcare & Nursing Simulation
  3. Nursing Leadership

Learn more - view the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)program 

UST offers options for a post-APRN certificate for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and post-master’s certificate for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Learn more - Post-APRN and Post-Master’s Certificate for PMHNP

Earning Power for Nursing Careers

Advance your nursing career and increase your earning potential with a degree in nursing from the University of St. Thomas.

Claudine Dufrene, Ph.D, RN-BC, GNP-BC, CNE
Executive Dean, Associate Professor
​Sr. Martina Casey Endowed Chair in Nursing

Kristina L. Leyden, Ph.D, APRN,FNP-BC,CHSE
Undergraduate Nursing Division Dean, Professor
​Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Endowed Chair in Nursing

Lucindra Campbell-Law, PhD, APRN, ANP, PMHNP-BC
Graduate Nursing Division Dean, Professor
Cullen Trust Endowed Chair for Health Care in Nursing

Deborah Klesel, PhD, RN, MSN,
ABSN Program Director, Assistant Professor

Michael E. Sullivan, DBe, HEC-C, FACHE, Associate Professor
Program Director/Chair-Graduate Studies
Program Director- Title V
Cameron School of Business
​Program Director- Healthcare Administration(MHA)

Vanessa Arline, MSN/Ed, RN, MSRN-BC, Assistant Professor

Cheryl-Lynn Carson, MSN, BScN, RN, Assistant Professor

Lauren Delumpa, MSN, RN, FNP-C, Assistant Professor

Jessica Granger, MSN, RN, CEN, Visiting Professor

Sarah A. Hirsch, PhD, MSN, MBA, RN, Assistant Professor

Connie Martinez, DNP,WHCNP,RNC, Assistant Professor

Mayra Paredes, DNP, MSN-Ed, RN, Assistant Professor

Katherine Simpson, DNP,MSN,APRN-C,CNRN,CVRN-II,LNC, Assistant Professor

Mary Anne Vincent, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor

Phyllis Waters, Ph.D., Professor, Carol and Odis Peavy Endowed Chair in Nursing

Jillian Weber, PhD, RN, CNL Assistant Professor

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, post-graduate APRN certificate program and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of St. Thomas are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (