- When can students apply to the nursing program?
Students who enter UST as freshmen may apply to select nursing as their major.
Upon successful completion of nursing pre-requisites and admission requirements candidates may start the nursing major in the fall semester of the sophomore year.
Transfer students may apply to the nursing major through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) via www.nursingcas.org and also begin the nursing program in the fall semester.
Students interested in applying to the ABSN program can do so at any time, as applications are reviewed as they’re received. Applicants to the ABSN program have the option to start three times per year — January, May or August.
- What pre-requisites do I need to apply to your program?
As long as you have completed Anatomy and Physiology I and II and at least 5-7 other core/pre-requisite classes (see the Transfer Nursing Guide), you should have enough credits to apply to our program. We do not require all pre-requisites done to apply.
To qualify for enrollment in our ABSN program, in addition to these prerequisites you must also have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree. Please visit our ABSN program prerequisites page for more information.
- I have all of my pre-requisites. How long will it take me to graduate?
Our traditional BSN program is a minimum of 3 years. Our class schedule is set at this pace to help our students be as successful as possible in our program. Most nursing students take 12-15 hours each semester during the nursing program and one 6-hour class during the first summer of the program. If you have all of your pre-requisites complete, you may want to discuss with your advisor the possibility of completing a minor or other elective classes.
Students with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree who have completed all prerequisites can complete our second-degree ABSN program in 12 months.
- Where do your students work after graduation?
Our students are offered jobs (generally upon successful completion of the NCLEX exam) at a variety of area hospitals, including Harris Health System, Memorial Hermann, MD Anderson, St. Luke’s Houston Methodist, Christus Health, Clear Lake Regional, and Texas Children’s.
- What should I do to ensure my admission to your program?
Our Nursing Admissions Committee admits a very diverse group of students each year. A number of different factors are considered, including (but not limited to) overall GPA, nursing pre-requisite grades, math scores, patterns of repeats and/or withdraws, and the required essay. While a strong GPA (both cumulative and in nursing biology pre-requisites) makes you an attractive candidate, this is not the only consideration for admission. Given the high number of applications each year, sometimes even well-qualified students may not be offered admission to our program.
- Do you require an entrance exam?
Yes, we require official HESI A2 scores to be submitted by the application deadline for admission to our traditional BSN program. Although we do not have a minimum requirement, a competitive candidate should have a composite score of at least 80 with a score of at least 80 on the Anatomy and Physiology section and a score of at least 80 on the vocabulary section. However, meeting this score does not guarantee admission.
For the ABSN program, you must take all five component tests of the HESI A2 exam — reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, math and anatomy and physiology — and pass with a score of 80 or higher.
- I read that you have a “holistic” curriculum. What does that mean?
Building on the mission of the University of St. Thomas and its Founders, the Basilian Fathers, and nourished by the historic traditions of Catholic nursing education and service, the Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing will educate nurses intellectually, morally, and spiritually in the art and science of nursing as a compassionate healing ministry. This focus is found throughout our nursing classes as well as UST’s theology and philosophy classes required in our core curriculum.
- When will I find out if I have been admitted to the program?
The Nursing Admissions Committee meets to review applicants following each deadline. Students usually receive their official decision letter within 6 weeks of each deadline, pending a complete application.