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

Next Start: Fall 2019

Application Opens: Spring 2019


Application Deadlines:
  Nursing Application Complete By:
Early Decision I  March 1, 2019
Early Decision II  April 1, 2019
DEADLINE  July 31, 2019 
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
    • Required sections: grammar, English composition, vocabulary, math, Anatomy and Physiology
    • 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 20020.
    • 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.
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II (with labs) complete by application deadline
  • At least 5-7 other pre-requisites complete. See Transfer Nursing Guide.

A competitive candidate should meet all minimum criteria, plus:

  • Grades of A or B in all attempts of nursing science courses
  • Composite HESI A2 score of 80 or higher, including:
    • A score of 80 or higher in the Anatomy and Physiology section
    • A score of 80 or higher in the Vocabulary section
  • Grade of B or higher in math courses
  • Submission of a well-written, compelling essay which answers the required questions and follows required formatting (font, page length, etc.), and demonstrates the student’s passion for nursing as a career and vocation.

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.

More questions? Check our Frequently Asked Questions page!