Undergraduate Programs

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Our three distinct undergraduate programs prepare future and current nurses to thrive in their career and to confidently provide the highest level of care.

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. 

The Traditional and Accelerated pre-licensure undergraduate programs in the School of Nursing programs are not offered in a fully online format. 

The Traditional Baccalaureate in Nursing Program consists of a robust curriculum, encompassing biomedical and social sciences, clinical nursing, and university general education courses. This ensures that our students have the professional education and broad skills necessary to assume a range of nursing positions.
The RN to BS program builds upon knowledge and experience of registered nurses, preparing them to provide the necessary leadership to advance quality of care, patient safety and health services in an evolving health care system.
The Accelerated Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing (ABS) Program offers a second degree option for those individuals with a bachelor's or master's degree in another discipline to obtain a bachelor's degree in nursing. This highly competitive program allows students to earn their nursing degree in 12 months.
Course descriptions are listed numerically by course number.

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 baccalaureate-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.