Our CCNE accredited baccalaureate programs in nursing prepare generalist nurses to work in a variety of health-care settings and meet the diverse health needs of individuals and families across the life span and populations. It is designed for women and men who feel challenged by the complex and ever-changing health needs of society and who have a desire to respond to these needs.
The early phase of the basic program combines liberal arts with biomedical and social sciences to provide a sound knowledge base for upper-division study and an awareness of cultural and societal influences on health and well-being. The curriculum is community-based, initially emphasizing primary health care that includes health promotion, risk reduction and disease prevention, and subsequently emphasizing the care of those with chronic as well as acute and complex illnesses. Upper-division courses focus on the knowledge, skills and critical thinking required to provide compassionate, holistic, culturally relavant, evidence-based nursing care. Graduates are prepared to practice, collaborate, and manage within the framework of legislative, economic, environmental and regulatory processes to influence and improve the provision of safe, quality health care within complex health care systems, ethical/legal dimensions of the health-care system, pharmacological components of care and nursing research.
The UB School of Nursing also offers an accelerated second-degree option to achieve a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The ABS program is an intensive, full-time, 12-month program designed for the mature, highly motivated, career-minded student who has already completed an undergraduate and/or graduate degree in a field other than nursing.
Additionally, the RN-BS program, offered in a 1 year or 2 year cohort format, is designed specifically for nurses who have already successfully completed a community college (associate’s degree) or hospital based (diploma) nursing program, and have also passed the State licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) for registered nurses (RN).