Accelerated BSN Program FAQs

If you have more questions about how to get started in the University of St. Thomas Houston Accelerated BSN program, read the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about ABSN@UST below:

  1. What is blended learning?
  2. How long is the ABSN program?
  3. How will I know if I have to complete prerequisites?
  4. When do classes start for the ABSN program?
  5. What qualifications do I need to get into accelerated nursing school?
  6. How do I start my nursing school application?
  7. When will I complete clinicals?
  8. Is it possible to work while enrolled in online accelerated nursing school?
  9. Can I complete the ABSN program from anywhere?
  10. Why do a school’s NCLEX pass rates matter?
  11. How much does the ABSN program cost?

1. What is blended learning?

Online-based accelerated BSN programs, like ABSN@UST, combine online nursing theory coursework, hands-on skills and simulation labs and proctored exams at our ABSN program site and clinical experiences at top healthcare facilities in the Houston metro area.

2. How long is the ABSN program?

It is possible to complete the ABSN program in 12 months; however, this timeframe doesn’t include the amount of time it takes to complete any prerequisite courses you may have to pass to be eligible to enroll in the program.

3. How will I know if I have to complete prerequisites?

Before enrolling in the ABSN program, you must complete or show you have completed 10 prerequisite courses within our specified grade requirements through any accredited college, university or community college. An ABSN@UST admissions counselor can review your unofficial transcripts with you over the phone and determine if any of your prior undergraduate credits count toward this requirement. The prerequisite requirements do not have to be completed prior to submitting your application.

4. When do classes start for the ABSN program?

ABSN@UST offers three start dates per year, in January, May, and August.

5. What qualifications do I need to get into accelerated nursing school?

In addition to a non-nursing bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, you must also have:

  • Completed the prerequisites within our specified grade requirements prior to enrollment.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, including a 3.0 GPA for all science courses.
  • A minimum score of 80 on the Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) admission assessment exam on all five component tests.
  • Completed the interview process.

6. How do I start my nursing school application?

This process begins with speaking with an ABSN@UST admissions counselor, who will first verify your eligibility for our ABSN program. If they find you meet our admissions requirements, they’ll help you navigate the rest of the admissions process step-by-step, ensuring you don’t miss any application deadlines or forget to submit any necessary paperwork or documentation.

7. When will I complete clinicals?

The specific locations and scheduling of your clinical rotations may vary, but in general ABSN@UST students begin clinical practice hours starting the first semester of the program.

8. Is it possible to work while enrolled in online accelerated nursing school?

It’s certainly possible to work during the program, but it’s not something we generally recommend. Our full-time 12-month accelerated nursing program is rigorous, fast-paced and requires a significant amount of energy and dedication. Your admissions counselor can help you determine what might work best for your situation.

9. Can I complete the ABSN program from anywhere?

No, you only complete nursing theory courses online. ABSN@UST requires skills and simulation labs at our program site and clinical rotations at top healthcare facilities in the Houston metro area a few days each week, which means you must be physically present for some aspects of our program.

10. Why do a school’s NCLEX pass rates matter?

Every student who graduates from nursing school must sit for and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN®) to earn RN licensure. A BSN program’s high NCLEX pass rates are an indicator of the program’s level of commitment to student success. The Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing’s consistently high NCLEX pass rates for first-time test-takers show our ABSN program is part of a nursing school that wants you to succeed.

11. How much does the ABSN program cost?

Our ABSN program tuition is $1,100 per credit hour.

If you don’t find the answer to your question on this page, please contact us at (855) 830-2713 or complete our online form.

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