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  1. How many students do you admit to your program and when does your program start?
  2. What pre-requisites do I need to apply to your program?
  3. I have all of my pre-requisites. How long will it take me to graduate?
  4. Where do your students work after graduation?
  5. What should I do to ensure my admission to your program?
  6. Do you require an entrance exam?
  7. I read that you have a “holistic” curriculum. What does that mean?
  8. When will I find out if I have been admitted to the program?
  9. What if I haven’t heard back about my general admission to UST?
  1. How many students do you admit to your program and when does your program start?

    Each year we are looking for 50 students for our cohort. We admit to the School of Nursing once per year in the fall, which starts in August.



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  2. What pre-requisites do I need to apply to your program?
    As long as you have completed Anatomy and Physiology I and II and at least 5 other core/pre-requisite classes (see the Transfer Nursing Guide), you should have enough credits to apply to our program. We do not require all pre-requisites done to apply.

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  3. I have all of my pre-requisites. How long will it take me to graduate?

    Our program is a minimum of 3 years. Our class schedule is set at this pace to help our students be as successful as possible in our program. Most nursing students take 12-15 hours each semester during the nursing program and one 6-hour class during the first summer of the program. If you have all of your pre-requisites complete, you may want to discuss with your advisor the possibility of completing a minor or other elective classes.



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  4. Where do your students work after graduation?

    Our students are offered jobs (generally upon successful completion of the NCLEX exam) at a variety of area hospitals, including Harris Health System, Memorial Hermann, MD Anderson, St. Luke’s Houston Methodist, Christus Health, Clear Lake Regional, and Texas Children’s.



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  5. What should I do to ensure my admission to your program?

    Our Nursing Admissions Committee admits a very diverse group of students each year. A number of different factors are considered, including (but not limited to) overall GPA, nursing pre-requisite grades, math scores, patterns of repeats and/or withdraws, and the required essay. While a strong GPA (both cumulative and in nursing biology pre-requisites) makes you an attractive candidate, this is not the only consideration for admission. Given the high number of applications each year, sometimes even well-qualified students may not be offered admission to our program.



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  6. Do you require an entrance exam?

    We do not require an entrance exam for admission to our program. Once you are admitted to our program, we will administer the HESI, but that is only used as an internal assessment and will not affect your admission.



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  7. I read that you have a “holistic” curriculum. What does that mean?

    Building on the mission of the University of St. Thomas and its Founders, the Basilian Fathers, and nourished by the historic traditions of Catholic nursing education and service, the Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing will educate nurses intellectually, morally, and spiritually in the art and science of nursing as a compassionate healing ministry. This focus is found throughout our nursing classes as well as UST’s theology and philosophy classes required in our core curriculum.



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  8. When will I find out if I have been admitted to the program?

    The Nursing Admissions Committee meets to review applicants in June and July, and students will receive their official decision letter no later than July 15th. Keep in mind that admission to UST and to the School of Nursing are separate application processes. If you have recently completed your UST application, you may receive a general admission letter before decisions are made for the School of Nursing. General admission packets are sent in a large, red folder, while School of Nursing decision letters are sent in a regular-sized, white envelope.



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  9. What if I haven’t heard back about my general admission to UST?

    Even if you have not received your admission letter for general admission to UST, go ahead and submit your application and essay for the School of Nursing. As long as all required documents for both the UST application (including updated transcripts) and School of Nursing application are submitted by our June 1st deadline, we will consider you for our nursing program.

    More questions? Please contact our Nursing Admissions Coordinator, Cathy Ruhnke.



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