UST debuts third accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program learning site in Sugar Land
To meet students where they are, the University of St. Thomas-Houston will open its third Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) Program site in Sugar Land on Aug. 21.
The program will be housed in a 21,819-square-foot interactive learning environment at 14090 Southwest Freeway. The University also has ABSN sites Shenandoah and on its main campus in the Museum District in August.
“We are excited to open the third ABSN program location,” said Dr. Claudine Dufrene, the University’s executive dean and associate professor. “As Texas and the nation continue to experience a nursing shortage, we recognize the need to grow enrollment in our undergraduate nursing program in a way that provides accessibility for any interested individuals in the Houston area.”
UST’s rigorous, 12-month ABSN program includes online instruction and hands-on learning at a state-of-the-art simulation lab, clinical lab and testing room. The comprehensive program is rooted in Christian values and features the University’s accredited holistic nursing curriculum and an opportunity for students to hone their skills through clinical rotations at top Houston-area hospitals.
Texas ranks second in the nation for the shortage of registered nurses, with the demand projected to outpace supply every year through 2032, according to the Texas Department of Health Services.
But while Texas and the U.S. are in dire need of registered nurses, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing reported that 91,938 students were turned away from nursing schools in 2021 due to a lack of faculty, classroom space and budget.
“Through our three locations, our goal is to reverse this trend by helping students find their calling and putting more nurses on the front lines of care faster,” Dufrene said.
Students can apply for the Sugar Land program now, with the first classes beginning on Aug. 21.
For more information, visit https://absn.stthom.edu.