Our four-year, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program incorporates UST’s core curriculum, specific pre-nursing courses and courses in the nursing major. The baccalaureate in nursing degree program at The University of St. Thomas Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
The curriculum focuses on patient-centered nursing using a newly developed curriculum based on a construct of healing and holistic care. This major prepares students for initial RN licensure and entry into the workforce.
Students must first be accepted to the University in order to be eligible for admission to the nursing program. Students will apply for admission to the nursing major offered during the junior and senior years.
Nursing Admissions for Incoming Freshmen
Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a 4-year program, while our Second-Degree Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) can be completed in 12 months.
The curriculum for both programs focuses on patient-centered nursing which is based on healing and holistic care. Both programs prepare students for initial RN licensure and entry into the workforce.
If you’re an incoming freshman and you indicate “nursing” or “pre-nursing” interest on your UST application, you’re automatically reserved a space with the Peavy School of Nursing! You must meet certain requirements during your freshman year to maintain this space in the cohort, including:
- A 3.0 overall college GPA
- A 3.0 GPA in all nursing pre-requisite courses
Pre-nursing and nursing students are actively advised by their nursing academic advisor. The advisor will help you make sure you’re taking all necessary classes during the program.
If you don’t meet the above requirements for early admission or decide to change your major to nursing during your freshman year, you may still apply to the School of Nursing in the spring semester of your freshman year or once your pre-requisites are complete.
Application Period: February 1 – June 1
Eligibility Requirements for Regular Admission
You must meet the following requirements by the June 1st deadline to be considered for admission:
- 3.0 overall college GPA
- Anatomy and Physiology I and II complete
Other classes as determined with a nursing academic advisor. Normally this includes two semesters of full-time classes.
Students are admitted to the School of Nursing by a Nursing Admissions Committee. The committee reviews all eligible applicants after the June 1st deadline and will offer decisions no later than July 15th.
In addition to eligibility requirements, the Nursing Admissions Committee considers a number of other factors, including, but not limited to:
- All grades for Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Nutrition (if complete)
- Math grades
- Full-time vs. part-time class load
- Patterns of repeats and/or withdraws
- Extracurricular activities and obligations
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. They include criminal background checks, CPR certification and specific immunizations. These requirements may also include verification of identity and compliance with federal immigration law.
Nursing Admissions for Transfer Students and Students Seeking a 2nd Undergraduate Degree
- Next Start for Traditional BSN Program: Fall 2021
- Application Opens: Opens October 1, 2020
- Early Deadlines: March 1, 2021 and April 1, 2021
- Application Deadline: June 1, 2021
Nursing Admission Process
Transfer students and students seeking a 2nd Bachelor's degree should apply for UST’s nursing program through NursingCAS (nursingcas.org) only. All transcripts and required documents should be submitted through NursingCAS. Applicants may check their application status through their NursingCAS account.
Transfer students applying to Nursing should not complete the general UST application for admission. Only applications submitted through NursingCAS will be considered for transfer admission to the School of Nursing.
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, & Nutrition completed by submission of application)
- Submission of HESI A2 scores of 80% or above:
- Required Sections:
- Reading Comprehension
- The HESI A2 exam must be scheduled outside of UST. The department ID for UST is 20020.
- As an alternate to the HESI A2, a cumulative TEAS score of 78% or higher.
- 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 must be uploaded through the NursingCAS application.
- Completion of most, if not all, coursework on the Transfer Guide.
- Submission of a well-written, personal statement demonstrating the student's passion for nursing as a career and vocation. Further details can be seen on NursingCAS UST Nursing page.
A strong candidate should meet all minimum requirements, 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 academic factors may be also considered, such as patterns of withdraws or repeats, extracurricular activities and obligations, and other information the committee views as important.
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.
Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program for transfer students, with prerequisites coursework completed, is 3 years.
Transfer students can apply with some classes in progress.
More questions? Check our Frequently Asked Questions page!
Transfer Information Sessions
If you’re a transfer student who would like to learn about admissions requirements and meet with Nursing Admissions, we invite you to attend an upcoming information sessions.
Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) - for Students Seeking a 2nd Undergraduate Degree
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. Our Second-Degree Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) is a 12-month program over three semesters.
Please review all application timelines, requirements and program details at: absn.stthom.edu.
PSON Administration & FacultyPSON Administration & Faculty
Dean, Peavy School of Nursing; Professor; and Sr. Martina Casey Endowed Chair in Nursing
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
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
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
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University 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 and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of St. Thomas is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).