Admissions Process for University of St. Thomas ABSN Program

Are you ready to jumpstart your nursing education through the University of St. Thomas Houston’s Accelerated BSN (ABSN) program? Here are the first steps in the ABSN admissions process.

1. Talk to an Admissions Advisor

The University of St. Thomas ABSN admissions process begins as soon as you complete the form on this website. Doing so allows our admissions team to know you’re ready to discuss your academic qualifications and nursing career goals as well as to determine whether you’re a good fit for our program. On this call, you’ll connect with an admissions advisor who will serve as your main point of contact throughout the rest of the admissions process. It’s also during this conversation that you’ll have the chance to have your questions answered and receive more details about the program admissions requirements.

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2. Make an Academic Plan

Once your admissions advisor determines your eligibility for our ABSN program, he or she will work with you to design a plan to ensure you meet your target start date goal — either January, May or August.

Your advisor will help you go through your prior education to develop a plan to complete any required prerequisites. By looking through your transcript they will determine which credits transfer and which will need to be filled. From there, your advisor will make sure you meet any other requirements and create a timeline to meet your goal and an ideal start date.

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3. Complete Prerequisites

While the ABSN program at UST doesn’t require you to have any prior healthcare experience to apply, you must meet certain academic requirements. Your admissions advisor will help you register for all the necessary prerequisite courses, then check in periodically to help you stay focused and on track to pass these courses with the minimum grade requirement of C or higher (B- or higher for Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II and Microbiology).

Please note: You will need to have your prerequisite courses completed prior to enrollment in the program.

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4. Take the HESI or the TEAS Admission Assessment Exam

To be admitted into our accelerated nursing program, you must pass all five component tests of the HESI Admission Assessment exam — Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary & General Knowledge, Math and Anatomy & Physiology — with an 80% or higher. Alternatively, students may gain admittance with a passing score of 78% on all sections of the TEAS, including the reading, math, science, and English and language usage portions.

5. Apply

With all the above steps completed, you’re ready to finalize your ABSN program application.

With your application, you’ll want to submit your:

  • Official transcripts from your previously attended college or university
  • Prerequisite completion form
  • Resume and admissions essay
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Contact us to learn more about our ABSN admissions process.