Undergraduate Programs

We offer three distinct undergraduate programs that lead to a bachelor's of science in nursing.

The University at Buffalo School of Nursing baccalaureate programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Our highly competitive programs are designed to prepare students for the expanding role of professional nurses and the challenging work environments of contemporary nurses. 

Designed to prepare nurses to work in a variety of health care settings, meeting the diverse health needs of individuals and families across the lifespan and populations.

A completely online program intended to build upon knowledge and experience of nurses with an AD or nursing degree/diploma and who have successfully completed their NCLEX-RN.

A second-degree program option for those with a bachelor's degree in another discipline, allowing individuals to earn a BS in nursing in 12 months.

Additional Information

About Our Undergraduate Programs

We offer a quality education at a superior value.

  • Undergraduate programs are nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 
  • The first time pass rate for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) exceeds both state and national averages.
  • UB School of Nursing is ranked in the top 20% of nursing schools across the country.
  • Highest ranked nursing program within SUNY and CUNY system.
  • RN to BS Program is ranked as one of the best online programs in 2015 U.S. News & World Report.

All undergraduate students complete the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) modules on improvement processes, patient safety, leadership, and person- and family-centered care.

Traditional & Accelerated BS Programs

The Traditional and Accelerated Undergraduate Programs create a workforce of baccaulaureate-prepared nurses. Partnering with 10 area acute care hospitals, the Visiting Nursing Association and the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, we strive to provide the best clinical experiences for our students. 

Clinical rotations for these programs include 700 clinical hours, many of which are offered in innovative Dedicated Education Units (DEU). Both the Traditional and ABS Programs culminate in a three week preceptorship in Buffalo or New York City, where students are immersed in a one-on-one experience with a nurse in a clinical setting.

RN to BS Program

This program educates an existing workforce of registered nurses completely online in a student-centered, distance learning/asynchronous format that allows practicing nurses to attend school while maintaining employment. The online format is asynchronous, providing students the flexibility to take online courses on their own schedule. Instructors provide materials, lectures, tests and assignments that can be accessed anytime.

Undergraduate Program Outcomes

  • 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 equality using principles of social justice and professional values.
  • Provide population-based nursing care.
  • Practice professional nursing using the Nursing Code of Ethics and engage in lifelong learning.
  • Practice within the framework of legislative, economic, environmental and regulatory processes to influence and improve the provision of health care.