ABSN Prerequisites and Requirements for the University of St. Thomas Houston

While you may hold all the necessary qualifications to apply to our ABSN program, it’s likely you may also need to meet certain other prerequisites before you can become eligible to apply for our Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program.

Prerequisite courses provide the foundation you need to begin your ABSN coursework, preparing you for anything and everything nursing school will send your way.

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Talking with the UST admissions team is a good first step in determining exactly which ABSN prerequisite courses you may need to complete. They can review your academic history and unofficial transcripts with you to help determine which credits will transfer and develop a plan for completing any remaining courses in time for your target start date in our program.

You may take these courses through the University of St. Thomas Houston or any other accredited college or university.

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Nursing Specific PrerequisitesCredits
Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (within five years [lab recommended but not required])6–8
Microbiology (within five years [lab recommended but not required])3–4
Algebra or Statistics (within five years)3
Nutrition (highly recommended but not required) 

Completing these courses through the University of St. Thomas is an excellent way to familiarize yourself with our intuitive e-Learning platform.

To meet the UST’s ABSN requirements, you must complete prerequisites with a C or higher in each nursing prerequisite course; the exception is Human Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology, in which a B- or higher is required.

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ABSN Requirements

Our 12-month ABSN program in Houston allows you to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing on an accelerated timeline, even if you have no prior healthcare experience. In order to do so, you must first meet certain academic requirements.

In addition to transferring a minimum of 60 of the required credits or holding a non-nursing bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university, to be eligible to start the in ABSN program at the University of St. Thomas, each student must:

  • Complete, or develop a plan with an admissions advisor to complete, the prerequisites for the program prior to enrollment.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (including a 3.0 GPA for all prerequisite science courses). If a 3.0 has not been earned, connect with an admissions advisor to discuss options.
  • Earn passing score(s) on either the HESI or the TEAS entrance exam

HESI: Passing Score of 80% overall and 80% on the following sections: (1) Math, (2) Grammar, (3) Anatomy & Physiology, (4) Reading Comprehension and (5) Vocabulary and General Knowledge.

TEAS: Passing Score of 78% on all sections of the TEAS.

Talk to an Advisor

If you meet our academic requirements and believe you have what it takes to succeed in our full-time accelerated nursing program, we strongly suggest reaching out to one of our dedicated admissions advisors as soon as you can. He or she can help you navigate the accelerated nursing school application process.

Contact our admissions team to learn more about the ABSN prerequisite courses and ABSN requirements.