School of Nursing​Attending 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.

You’ll study in our Center for Science and Health Professions which offers ample study spaces, large labs and state-of-the-art equipment for hands-on learning.

CCNE Accreditation logoUST’s school of nursing program in Houston offers a fast track option of going from a BSN to a DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice). Nursing leaders from hospitals in the nearby Texas Medical Center district and throughout the region collaborated on the DNP program’s development. It was shaped around competencies they look for in job candidates. Because we have relationships with these hospitals, our graduates have always been highly sought after for employment opportunities.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at the University of St. Thomas is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Dr. Poldi Tschirch, Dean, Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing | Interim Vice President for

Our focus is on the nurse as a “healing presence” – with the capacity to create the conditions and relationships that support healing.

Dr. Poldi Tschirch Dean, Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing

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 plan 

A DNP prepares you to be a transformational nurse leader in fields including:

  • Health care
  • Education
  • Government
  • Nonprofit organizations

You may enroll with either a bachelor’s or master’s in nursing.

Learn more - view the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree plan