Nursing : About The Program

About Our Degrees

The UB School of Nursing offers three programs that lead to a bachelor of science (BS) degree in nursing.

Traditional Nursing Program. This program provides the curriculum required for a freshman or transfer student who is pursuing a nursing degree for the first time. It begins with the fall semester.

Accelerated Nursing Program (ABS). The accelerated second-degree option offers the undergraduate nursing curriculum as an intensive, full time, 12 month program designed for students who have already completed a bachelor's degree in a field outside of nursing. It begins in May with the summer semester.

RN-BS Nursing Program. This program is designed specifically for nurses who have already successfully completed a community college (associate's degree) or hospital based (diploma) nursing program, and have passed the State licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) for registered nurses (RN). The program is delivered online, asynchronously and can be completed in 12 or 24 months. It begins in May with the summer semester.

Acceptance Criteria
Admission is competitive and granted on a space available basis to all three undergraduate nursing programs.

Traditional BS Nursing Program

UB and Transfer Student Admission
All applicants must apply to both UB and the School of Nursing. A completed university application, including official transcripts, is due January 15, while School of Nursing applications are due February 15 for consideration the following fall.

Successful completion of most nursing prerequisites at the time of application, which must include anatomy and physiology, and the ability to complete all prerequisites by the following fall semester is required. Applicants must obtain grades of C or better in all prerequisite courses as well as have at least a 3.0 overall and prerequisite GPA to be considered for admission.

Accelerated Nursing Program (ABS)
Separate applications must be completed by October 1 for both the University at Buffalo and the School of Nursing. The program begins in May.

All applicants must possess an earned bachelor's degree, and must have completed at least four prerequisites at the time of application as well as the ability to complete all other prerequisite courses before the May start date with minimum 3.0 overall and prerequisite GPAs.

RN-BS Nursing Program
All applicants must apply to both UB and the School of Nursing. A completed university application, including official transcripts, are due November 30, while School of Nursing supplemental applications are due by December 15. Eligible applicants will have completed a community college (associate's degree) or hospital based (diploma) nursing program, possess an unencumbered US Registered Nurse license, and complete the prerequisite statistics course before the summer start date with minimum 3.0 overall GPA.

About Our Facilities

Fully equipped health assessment, nursing skills, and simulation labs. Individualized teaching, coaching, and practice opportunities provided by faculty and teaching assistants from our doctoral student body.

School of Nursing Simulation technology which features state-of-the-art patient simulators in a virtual operating room that is connected to patient monitors, and one utilized to simulate ambulatory and acute nursing situations.

The Center for Nursing Research (CNR), which houses a research library and is a repository for information on internal and external sources of funding, including guidelines and application forms. The CNR also facilitates research experiences for undergraduate and Honors College Students.

A wide range of educational technology to which students have access, including a wide variety of health-care databases, computer assisted instruction, and electronic mail.

About Our Courses

The typical class size for traditional nursing majors:

Upper level/advanced courses is: 80 (8 students per clinical group)

In the School of Nursing, what do teaching assistants (TAs) do?

TAs are licensed registered nurses, pursuing graduate degrees, who assist with clinical and classroom instruction.

Suggested Introductory Courses for Traditional Program

Colleges that have programs that articulate well with ours include:
  • Alfred State College
  • Erie Community College
  • Genesee Community College
  • Jamestown Community College
  • Monroe Community College
  • Niagara County Community College
  • Trocaire College

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

The faculty in the undergraduate program are expert practitioners of nursing, all having advanced preparation in their fields of specialization. Many have achieved national and international recognition (http://nursing.buffalo.edu/faculty-and-staff.html). Faculty are actively engaged in research, making significant contributions to nursing science and theory. Among the honors that have been awarded to faculty members include the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and election to office in the American Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Many faculty have the distinction of holding certification as expert clinical practitioners awarded by professional associations that promote and recognize only the highest standards of nursing excellence.

See a list of our Undergraduate Faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience

Clinical experience in health-care agencies is part of the curriculum for nursing students in the traditional and ABS programs. In a final clinical immersion course, NSG 447, faculty strive to arrange a clinical site according to individual student professional goals within Western New York.

Independent Study
Faculty may sponsor students interested in completing an independent study.

Honors, Awards and Scholarships

School of Nursing scholarships are available to nursing students and contingent upon the availability of funds. The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo also supports scholarships for Erie County residents.

Extracurricular Activities

Nursing Student Organization (NSO)

The purpose of the NSO is to aid in the preparation of nursing students for assumption of professional responsibilities at the school and community level. To accomplish this, students actively participate in School of Nursing and university governance, as well as committee work.

Multicultural Nursing Student Association (MNSA)

MNSA serves the entire School of Nursing with opportunities for diverse students to come together in service, social, educational, and community activities.

Sigma Theta Tau

The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing chapter, Gamma Kappa, encourages and recognizes superior scholarship and/or leadership achievement in nursing. The organization has a commitment to increase the scientific base in nursing practice and thereby improve the health of the public.

Community Service Program

Student organizations and selected courses typically participate in community service projects.

For more information about the above activities, please see Nursing Organizations.

See the UB Student Association.

Complementary Programs and Courses

Links to Further Information About this Program

Updated: 08 Jul 2014 09:10:47 EDT