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.

Nursing Admissions for Incoming Freshmen

Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a 4-year program.

The curriculum for this program focuses on patient-centered nursing which is based on healing and holistic care. This program will prepare students for initial RN licensure and entry into the workforce.

Freshman Nursing Admission

The first step towards nursing admission is indicate “nursing” interest on your Freshman UST application. Including the major of nursing, will allow us to work with you after you after an admissions decision to the university is received.

During your first year at UST, we will guide you to take specific courses and steps to achieve a spot in our nursing cohort!

Freshman students wanting the nursing major, Pre-Nursing students, will work closely with Nursing Admissions to have their request presented to the Nursing Admissions Committee. We have two entry opportunities in fall and spring semesters.

Nursing Cohort Admission Considerations

The Peavy School of Nursing offers admissions through the Nursing Admissions Committee.  The committee reviews all eligible applicants for the fall and spring semesters.

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 and Microbiology,
  • Math grades
  • Full-time vs. part-time class load
  • Patterns of repeats and/or withdraws
  • HESI A2 or TEAS scores
  • Essay about desire to pursue a nursing career

Any nursing admission questions can be directed to nursing@stthom.edu.

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

  • Next Start for Traditional BSN Program: Fall 2024

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, & Math (College Algebra or Statistics) 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 A2 exam must be scheduled outside of UST. The department ID for UST is 200020.
    • Steps to Register for the HESI Exam.
    • As an alternate to the HESI A2, the TEAS exam may be submitted with a score of 78% or higher in each section.
    • If a student has taken the exam for another school, these scores may accepted for UST as long as all required sections were taken.
  • Submission of a well-written, personal statement demonstrating the student's passion for nursing as a career and vocation.

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. Admitted students will work on these additional requirements at the Nursing Orientation.

Program Timeline

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. Pending coursework could prevent an admissions decision. Contact nursing@stthom.edu if you have any questions about coursework.

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.


Claudine Dufrene, Ph.D, RN-BC, GNP-BC, CNE
Executive Dean, Associate Professor
Sr. Martina Casey Endowed Chair in Nursing

Kristina L. Leyden, PhD, APRN, ANP, PMHNP-BC
Graduate Nursing Division Dean, Professor
Cullen Trust Endowed Chair for Health Care in Nursing

Deborah Klesel, PhD, RN, MSN
ABSN Program Director, Assistant Professor

Vanessa Arline, MSN/Ed, RN, MSRN-BC, Assistant Professor

Cheryl-Lynn Carson, MSN, BScN, RN, Assistant Professor

Lauren Delumpa, MSN, RN, FNP-C, Assistant Professor

Jessica Granger, MSN, RN, CEN, Visiting Professor

Sarah A. Hirsch, PhD, MSN, MBA, RN, Assistant Professor

Connie Martinez, DNP,WHCNP,RNC, Assistant Professor

Mayra Paredes, DNP, MSN-Ed, RN, Assistant Professor

Katherine Simpson, DNP,MSN,APRN-C,CNRN,CVRN-II,LNC, Assistant Professor

Mary Anne Vincent, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor

Phyllis Waters, Ph.D., Professor, Carol and Odis Peavy Endowed Chair in Nursing

Jillian Weber, PhD, RN, CNL Assistant Professor

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 

A Minor in Health Services is designed for students who’s vocation is not nursing, but want to obtain the knowledge so they can have a career in healthcare. 

minor plan - Health Services

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 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 

UST offers options for a post-APRN certificate for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and post-master’s certificate for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Learn more - Post-APRN and Post-Master’s Certificate for PMHNP

CCNE Accreditation logoUniversity 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, master's degree program in nursing, post-graduate APRN certificate program and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of St. Thomas are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).