500X330_Intro_BSNOur 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.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at the University of St. Thomas is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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.

Program Timeline

Early Admission

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. 

Regular Admission

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. 

Admission Considerations

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 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:

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Admission Process

Transfer students and students seeking a 2nd Bachelor's degree should apply for UST’s nursing program through Nursing CAS (www.nursingcas.org). 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:
    • REQUIRED SECTIONS
      • 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!

Dr. Poldi Tschirch, Dean, Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing | Interim Vice President for

Our focus is on the nurse as a “healing presence” – with the capacity to create the conditions and relationships that support healing.

Dr. Poldi Tschirch Dean, Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing

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 

A DNP prepares you to be a transformational nurse leader 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 

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