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.