Nursing : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: Traditional, Accelerated (ABS), RN-BS
Graduate: Advanced Certificate (Nursing Education), MS Nursing Leadership and Health Care Systems, 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 January 15, 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)
NSG 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)
UGC 211 American Pluralism and the Search for Equality or Cognates or SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3) for transfer students
NSG 295 Statistics for Health Care Professions (3) or 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

Required Upper Division Nursing Courses

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

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major97
Additional Credits Required for Gen Ed 15
Additional Credits Required for Electives 8
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

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

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements & Learning Outcomes

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, ENG 101, UGC 111
Spring NTR 108, NSG 250, PGY 300, ENG 201, UGC 112

SECOND YEAR
Fall CHE 121, PGY 412, NSG 295* or PSY 207 or STA 119; UGC 211 or American Pluralism Cognate
Spring MIC 301, PMY 302, PHI 337, Arts Gen Ed

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

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

*Students completing NSG 295 must still satisfy the mathematics general education requirement through a separate course (http://undergrad-catalog.buffalo.edu/policies/degree/gened.shtml#math).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:
  • Provide compassionate, holistic, culturally relevant, evidence based care related to "wellness, health promotion, illness, injury and disease prevention, disease management and end of life care across the life span
  • Collaborate with an interprofessional health care team to achieve quality outcomes within integrated health care systems
  • Demonstrate leadership skills in the management and coordination of patient-centered, safe, effective health care for individuals, families and populations
  • Use informatics, effective oral, written, and electronic communication and patient care technology to share information and provide quality health care
  • Advocate for health care consumers using principles of social justice and professional values
  • Provide population-based nursing care
  • Engage in lifelong learning and be an active member of the profession of nursing
  • Practice within the framework of legislative, economic, environmental and regulatory processes to influence and improve the provision of health care
  • 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 for the following summer.

    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)
    NSG 250 Human Growth and Development (3)
    PGY 412 Applied Physiology (2)
    PGY 300 Human Physiology (4)
    NSG 295 Statistics for Health Care Professions (3) or PSY 207 Psychological Statistics or STA 119 Statistical Methods (4)

    Recommended Prerequisite Courses

    PHI 337 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine (3)

    Required Courses

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

    *Graduate credit

    Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
    Credits Required for Major90
    Additional Credits Required for Gen Ed 0
    Additional Credits Required for Electives 30
    Total Credits Required for Degree 120

    Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

    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) NSG 309, NSG 371, NSG 373, NSG 370
    Summer 2 (last 7 weeks) NSG 374, NSG 375, NSG 311, NGC 518*
    Fall NSG 410, NSG 470, NSGR 474, , NSG 348 or 526*, NSG 472
    Spring (first 12 weeks) NSG 478, NSG 481, NSG 479, NSG 393, NSG 475; (final 3 weeks) NSG 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 November 30 while School of Nursing applications are due December 15.

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

    Students must be able to complete the statistics prerequisite course before the summer start date, with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.

    At least part-time RN employment before the summer start date.

    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

    NSG 295 Statistics for Health Care Professions (3) or PSY 207 Psychological Statistics or STA 119 Statistical Methods (4)

    Required Courses

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

    *Graduate credit

    Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
    Credits Required for Major33
    Additional Credits Required for Gen Ed 0
    Additional Credits Required for Electives 87
    Total Credits Required for Degree 120

    Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

    *Elective credit will be required for students with less than 90 transfer credits to reach the 120 credit minimum for bachelor's degree conferral. General education requirements may still apply dependent upon transfer course articulation.

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

    Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

    Once students begin the RN-BS nursing program, all must progress through the sequence together as a cohort or learning community in either the one or two-year plan.

    1 Year Plan
    Summer NBC 353*, NSG 311**, NBC 354, NSG 393**
    Fall NSG 348**, NSG 472**, NGC 518*, NBC 476*
    Spring NSG 410**, NGC 509**, NBC 494*

    *Fourteen week format
    **Seven week format

    2 Year Plan
    Summer 1 NSG 393**, NSG 311**
    Fall 1 NSG 472**, NSG 348**
    Spring 1 NSG 410**, NGC 509**
    Summer 2 NBC 353*, NBC 354*
    Fall 2 NGC 518*, NBC 476*
    Spring 2 NBC 494*

    *Fourteen week format
    **Seven week format

    Updated: 23 Sep 2014 09:34:37 EDT