Nursing : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: Traditional, Accelerated (ABS), RN-BS
Graduate: Advanced Certificate (Nursing Education), DNP Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist, DNP Nurse Practitioner, DNP Nurse Anesthetist, Post-MS DNP, PhD

Advisement

Contact the Office of Student Affairs at 716-829-2537 to schedule an in person or phone appointment. All general inquiries may be sent to nursing@buffalo.edu.

Transfer Policy

Prerequisite courses may be transferred from other accredited institutions if they are deemed equivalent. Students must consult with their School of Nursing advisor to determine equivalency.

Traditional Nursing Program - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Admission is competitive and granted on a space available basis.

All applicants must apply to both UB and the School of Nursing. The university application and official transcripts must be received by February 1, while School of Nursing applications are due February 15.

Successful candidates will present a strong academic record. Applicants must have completed most of the prerequisites, including anatomy and physiology, at the time of application and be able to complete all remaining prerequisites by the following fall semester. A minimum grade of C is required in all prerequisite courses as well as at least a 3.0 overall and prerequisite GPA to be eligible for admission.

To remain in the major, students are required to maintain good academic standing within UB and the School of Nursing by maintaining at least a 3.0 overall GPA and earning at least C+ in all upper level nursing courses.

Prerequisite Courses

ANA 113 Human Anatomy (4)
PMY 302 Introduction to Pharmacology (4)
CHE 121 Introduction to General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry (3)
MIC 301 Biomedical Microbiology (4)
NTR 108 Human Nutrition (3)
NUR 250 Human Growth and Development (3)
PGY 300 Human Physiology (4)
PGY 412 Applied Physiology (2)
PHI 337 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine (3)
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology (3)
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3) or UGC 211 American Pluralism and the Search for Equality or Cognates
PSY 207 Psychological Statistics or STA 119 Statistical Methods (4)

Applicants with a previous non-nursing bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution or international equivalent will be waived from the following prerequisites: PHI 337 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine (3), PSY 101 Introductory Psychology (3), and SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3) or UGC 211 American Pluralism and the Search for Equality (or Cognates) (3)

Required Courses

NUR 370 Nursing as a Profession (3)
NUR 309 Health Assessment (4)
NUR 371 Basic Nursing Therapeutics (4)
NUR 373 Basic Nursing Therapeutics Practicum (2)
NUR 311 Family Nursing (2)
NUR 372 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan (1)
NUR 348 Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research (3)
NUR 374 Nursing Care of Women and Children (5)
NUR 375 Nursing Care of Women and Children Practicum (4)
NUR 378 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention within Populations (2)
NUR 393 Informatics and the Health Care Environment (3)
NUR 410 Public Health Nursing for Population Health (2)
NUR 447 Advanced Clinical Nursing (3)
NUR 470 Health Maintenance and Restoration (4)
NUR 474 Health Maintenance and Restoration Practicum (4)
NUR 472 Promoting Quality Health Outcomes and Culture of Safety (2)
NUR 475 Transitioning to Professional Nursing Practice as Leader/Manager (2)
NUR 478 Concepts of Complex Acute Care (3)
NUR 481 Concepts of Complex Acute Care Practicum (4)
NUR 479 Senior Synthesis Seminar (1)

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 98

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

Once students begin the upper level nursing curriculum, all must progress through the program together as a cohort or learning community.

FIRST YEAR
Fall ANA 113, PSY 101
Spring NTR 108, NUR 250, PGY 300

SECOND YEAR
Fall CHE 121, PMY 302, PSY 207 or STA 119
Spring MIC 301, PHI 337, PGY 412, SOC 101 or UGC 211

THIRD YEAR
Fall NUR 309, NUR 311, NUR 370, NUR 371, NUR 372, NUR 373
Spring NUR 393, NUR 374, NUR 375, NUR 378

FOURTH YEAR
Fall NUR 348, NUR 410, NUR 470, NUR 474, NUR 472
Spring (first 12 weeks) NUR 475, NUR 478, NUR 481, NUR 479; (final 3 weeks) NUR 447

Accelerated Bachelor Of Science (ABS) Program For Second-Degree Students - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Admission is highly competitive and granted on a space available basis.

All applicants must apply to both UB and the School of Nursing. UB application and official transcripts are due September 15, while School of Nursing applications are due October 1.

All applicants must possess at least an earned bachelor's degree outside of nursing.

Students must have completed at least four prerequisites at the time of application and be able to complete all remaining prerequisite courses before the summer start date, with minimum 3.0 overall and prerequisite GPAs.

Advising Notes

Academic advisement for students applying to the ABS program is provided by the School of Nursing.

Equivalent transfer courses may be approved by the School of Nursing.

Minimum requirements must be met for admission into the accelerated program; however, it is expected that successful applicants will exceed these criteria.

Prerequisite Courses

ANA 113 Human Anatomy (4)
PMY 302 Introduction to Pharmacology (4)
CHE 121 Introduction to General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry (3)
MIC 301 Biomedical Microbiology (4)
NTR 108 Human Nutrition (3)
NUR 250 Human Growth and Development (3)
PGY 412 Applied Physiology (2)
PGY 300 Human Physiology (4)
PSY 207 Psychological Statistics or STA 119 Statistical Methods (4)

Recommended Prerequisite Courses

PHI 337 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine (3)

Required Courses

NUR 309 Health Assessment: Concepts and Skills (4)
NUR 311 Family Nursing (2)
NUR 370 Nursing as a Profession (3)
NUR 371 Basic Nursing Therapeutics (4)
NUR 373 Basic Nursing Therapeutics Practicum (3)
NUR 348 Evidence Based Practice & Nursing Research (3) OR NUR 526 Evaluation and General Evidence for Health Care (4)*
NUR 393 Informatics and Health Care Environment (3)
NUR 374 Nursing Care of Women and Children (5)
NUR 375 Nursing Care of Women and Children Practicum (4)
NUR 447 Advanced Clinical Nursing (3)
NUR 470 Health Maintenance and Restoration (4)
NUR 474 Nursing Therapeutics in Health Maintenance and Restoration (4)
NUR 472 Promoting Quality Health Outcomes and Culture of Safety (2)
NUR 410 Public Health Nursing for Population Health (2)
NUR 478 Concepts of Complex Acute Care (4)
NUR 481 Nursing Management of Patients with Complex Acute Care Health Problems (4)
NUR 479 Senior Synthesis Seminar (1)
NUR 475 Transitioning to Professional Nursing Practice as Leader/Manager (2)
NUR 518 Health Promotion and Epidemiologic Methods (3)*

*Graduate credit

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 91-92

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

Once students begin the ABS nursing sequence, all must progress through the program together as a cohort or learning community.

Summer 1 (first 7 weeks) NUR 309, NUR 371, NUR 373, NUR 370
Summer 2 (last 7 weeks) NUR 374, NUR 375, NUR 311, NUR 518*
Fall NUR 410, NUR 470, NUR 474, NUR 393
Spring (first 12 weeks) NUR 478, NUR 481, NUR 479, NUR 348 or 526*; (final 3 weeks) NUR 447

*Graduate credit

RN-BS Nursing Program - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Admission is highly competitive and granted on a space available basis.

All applicants must apply to both UB and the School of Nursing. UB application and official transcripts are due December 1 while School of Nursing applications are due December 31.

All applicants must possess at least an earned associate's or diploma in nursing and an active US Registered Nurse license.

Students must have completed most prerequisites at the time of application and be able to complete all remaining prerequisite courses before the summer start date, with minimum 3.0 overall and prerequisite GPAs.

Advising Notes

Academic advisement for students applying to the RN-BS program is provided by the School of Nursing.

Equivalent transfer courses may be approved by the School of Nursing.

Minimum requirements must be met for admission into the RN-BS; however, it is expected that successful applicants will exceed these criteria.

Prerequisite Courses

ANA 113 Human Anatomy (4)
PMY 302 Introduction to Pharmacology (4)
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
CHE 121 Introduction to General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry (3) or high school chemistry credit
MIC 301 Biomedical Microbiology (4)
NUR 250 Human Growth and Development (3)
PGY 300 Human Physiology (4)
PSY 207 Psychological Statistics or STA 119 Statistical Methods (4)
SOC 101 or UGC 211 Intro to Sociology or American Pluralism/Cognate (3)

Required Courses

NUR 353 Clinical Reasoning & Judgment for Quality and Safety Outcomes (3)
NUR 311 Family Nursing (2)
NUR 354 Patient & Family Centered Care (3)
NUR 472 Promoting Quality Health Outcomes & Culture of Safety (2)
NUR 348 Intro to Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (3)
NUR 393 Informatics & Health Care Environment (3)
NUR 518 Health Promotion and Epidemiology Methods (3)*
NUR 476 RN Transitioning to Practice as BS Prepared Leader/Manager (2)
NUR 410 Public Health Nursing for Population Health (2)
NUR 509 Ethics for Health Professions (3)*
NUR 494 BS RN Leadership Synthesis Project (4)

*Graduate credit

Summary
Total credit hours required for the major: 62

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

Once students begin the RN-BS nursing sequence, all must progress through the program together as a cohort or learning community.

Summer NUR 353, NUR 354; (first 7 weeks) NUR 311; (last 7 weeks) NUR 472
Fall NUR 476, NUR 518*; (first 7 weeks) NUR 393; (last 7 weeks) NUR 348
Spring NUR 494; (first 7 weeks) NUR 410; (last 7 weeks) NUR 509*

*Graduate credit

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:52 EST