Nursing Admissions for Transfer Students and Students Seeking a 2nd Undergraduate Degree

Next Start for Traditional BSN Program: Fall 2020

Application Opens: Opens December 1, 2019

There are three available start dates for students interested in applying to our ABSN program: January, May and August. Applications for this program are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis.


Application Deadlines:
  Nursing Application Complete By:
DEADLINE: July 1, 2020 


BSN (Transfer) Information Sessions

If you’re a transfer student who would like to tour the Nursing Simulation Labs on campus, learn about admissions requirements and meet with Nursing Admissions, we invite you to attend an upcoming info session in January, February, March or April. Learn more and RSVP:


Admission Process

Transfer students and students seeking a 2nd Bachelor's degree should apply for UST’s nursing program through Nursing CAS ( All transcripts and required documents should be submitted through Nursing CAS. Applicants may check their application status through their Nursing CAS account.

Transfer students applying to the School of Nursing do NOT need to submit the general UST application for admission. Admission to the School of Nursing through Nursing CAS also serves as general admission to UST.

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum Requirements to apply and to be considered for the School of Nursing:

  • 3.0 overall college GPA, based on a 4.0 scale
  • 3.0 science GPA (including Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology, and Nutrition as completed by submission of application)
  • Submission of HESI A2 scores of 80% or above:
      • Math
      • A&P
      • Reading Comprehension
      • Grammar
      • Vocabulary
    • The HESI exam may be taken at any Prometric testing center. View instructions to register for the HESI exam. The department ID for UST is 200020.
    • If a student has taken the exam for another school, these scores may accepted for UST as long as all required sections were taken. Scores should be submitted with a student’s NursingCAS application.
  • Completion of at least two (2) of the following:
    • A&P I
    • A&P II
    • Microbiology
  • At least 5-7 other pre-requisites complete. See Transfer Nursing Guide.
  • Submission of a well-written, personal statement that demonstrates the student's passion for nursing as a career and vocation. 

A strong candidate should meet all minimum criteria, plus:

  • Grades of 3.5 or higher in nursing science courses
  • Grade of 3.3 or higher in math courses
  • Submission of HESI Admission Assessment:
    • A score of 85 or higher in all sections: Math, A&P, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, and Vocabulary

Additional factors may be also considered, such as patterns of withdraws or repeats, extracurricular activities and obligations, and other information the committee views as important.

After Admission

Students admitted to the UST Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing will be subject to participation requirements established by healthcare organizations that host student clinical rotations. This includes criminal background checks, CPR certification and specific immunizations. These requirements may also include verification of identity and compliance with federal immigration law.

Program Timeline

Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a 4-year program. Transfer students with some or all pre-requisites complete may be able to graduate in as little as 3 years.

Transfer students can apply with some pre-requisite and core classes in progress.

Our Second-Degree Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) is a 12-month program.

More questions? Check our Frequently Asked Questions page!