Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Nursing: Accelerated Track (ABSN)

The Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing track at the University of St. Thomas is a one–year academic program, for students who have earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university, which will prepare graduates for initial RN licensure and entry into professional nursing practice. The program incorporates the University of St. Thomas required courses. The curriculum and degree requirements are built on a holistic nursing philosophy and conceptual framework.

Admission to the School of Nursing Accelerated Degree BSN Track

Students applying to enter the School of Nursing, ABSN Program must complete the UST application online ( All official documents and test scores must be addressed to the UST admissions office ( Requirements for the ABSN are the following:

  • At least 60+ college credits hours or a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university.
  • Cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or higher.
  • A 3.0 science GPA or higher.
  • HESI scores of 80 or higher in Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary, Math, and Anatomy and Physiology.
  • An interview with Nursing Admissions staff.
  • Prerequisite courses*: Anatomy and Physiology I & II with labs, Introduction to Microbiology with lab, & Nursing Statistics.

*These courses can be taken through UST-ABSN online courses. All nursing prerequisite courses must be successfully completed prior to enrollment in the nursing clinical courses. Only students admitted to the Peavy School of Nursing may register for the upper– division nursing courses.

BSN Outcomes, Additional Requirements, and Licensure Information

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

The following overall requirements are needed in order to earn a bachelor's degree. For a full explanation of the requirements, please see policy A.04.01.

  • Completion of the core curriculum. Specific core plan is dependent upon accepted transfer credit, major, and Honor's Program participation. 
  • Successful completion of at least 120 credit hours, with the final 36 hours taken in Residence at UST. Total credits listed on the page only reflect the major. 
  • Completion of a major.
  • Completion of 36 upper-division credit hours.
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) above 2.0
  • A cumulative GPA above 2.0 in your major
  • Freshman Symposium is a one-credit hour, mandatory course exclusively for first-year students at the University of St. Thomas, introducing them to the UST mission and the Basilian Fathers’ core values of goodness, discipline, and knowledge. Freshmen register for it during the Freshmen Registration/Orientation events and can choose a class that aligns with their interests, with course descriptions provided in advance.
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