Degree Programs

While UST does NOT offer degrees in nursing, the information below is provided to assist those who are interested in learning more about the various tracks students can follow at other instituations, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. Options include:

BSN - B.S. in Nursing

The BSN is a 4-year professional degree and prepares students for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam to become a registered nurse (RN).

Accelerated BSN / Second-Degree BSN - Bachelors in Nursing

These programs are for students who have already received a bachelor’s in a non-related field and want to pursue nursing.  Programs last from 11-18 months.  After program completion students take the NCLEX to become RNs. 

More information, as well as a list of accelerated BSN programs, can be found here.

MSN - Masters in Nursing

The MSN is a graduate degree for Registered Nurses and is considered an entry-level degree for nurse educators and managers. The MSN may be used as a prerequisite for doctorate-level nursing education. The profession is transitioning from conferring the MS to conferring the DNP as the main advanced practice degree.

Ph.D. in Nursing

The PhD in nursing is generally considered an academic and research-oriented degree, leading to a career path as a faculty member in a nursing degree program. Some programs admit students with a BSN, and others only with an MSN.

DNP - Doctor of Nursing Practice

The DNP is an emerging advanced-level degree and differs from the PhD in nursing by its focus on nursing practice rather than research. It is typically a 3-year program that focuses on advanced clinical practice and leadership development.