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.  Similarly, the RN-to-MSN program is tailored for nurses working full-time, who have an Associate Degree in Nursing and looking to obtain an MSN.  Coursework is primarily online and supplemented with lab work on the UST campus.

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 

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 RN-to-MSN program is tailored for nurses working full-time, who have an Associate Degree in Nursing and looking to obtain an MSN. RN-to-MSN coursework is 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 RN-to-MSN program 

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

UST’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program offers two tracks: a DNP degree in Transformational Leadership and a DNP in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).

A DNP prepares you to be a transformational nurse leader and a champion for mental health 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 

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.

Vacant
Dean, Peavy School of Nursing; Professor; and Sr. Martina Casey Endowed Chair in Nursing

Graduate Programs
Lucindra Campbell-Law, PhD, APRN, ANP, PMHNP, BC, Professor; Division Dean, Graduate Programs; and PMHNP Program Director; and Cullen Trust for Healthcare Endowed Chair in Nursing

Michael E. Sullivan, DBe, RN, FACHE, Associate Professor; Graduate Program Director; and Title V Project Director

Undergraduate Programs
Claudine Dufrene, Ph.D., RN-BC, GNP-BC, CNE, Associate Professor;
Division Dean, Undergraduate Programs; and Cullen Trust for Higher Education Endowed Chair in Nursing

Kristina L. Leyden, Ph.D., MSN, FNP-BC, Associate Professor;
Director, BSN Program; Co-Director NIGP Grant; and Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Endowed Chair in Nursing
Deborah Klesel, RN, PhD, Assistant Professor; Director, ABSN Program

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

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

Jill Laughlin, DNP, PNP-BC, PMHS-BC, PMHNP-BC, Assistant Professor

Majmundar, Priya, RN, MSN, Assistant Professor

Karen O’Brien, Ph.D., RN, ACNP-BC,  Associate Professor

Mayra Paredes, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor

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

Michael E. Sullivan, DBe, RN, FACHE, Associate Professor; Graduate Program Director; and Title V Project Director

Terese Verklan, PhD, CCNS, RNC, FAAN, Assistant Professor

Mary Anne Vincent, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor

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

CCNE Accreditation logoUniversity of St. Thomas is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of University of St. Thomas.

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 (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).