Students interested in a career in nursing may pursue a bachelor degree in any subject along with specific prerequisites. They then enter an Accelerated Nursing Program which allows students to earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in one year. Students may also elect to pursue a direct-entry Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) via a BSN-MSN combined program. A competitive score on the GRE may be required for some master-level programs. Students should gain a thorough understanding of the profession through hospital volunteerism and/or working as a Certified Nursing Assistant, Home Health Aide, or Personal Care Assistant. Students should work with the Pre-Health Advisor as soon as possible after entering the pre-nursing pathway to select appropriate coursework based on their schools of interest. In addition to the information in this section, please check the general information at the pre-medical and pre-health section of the catalog.
Recommended Pre-Nursing Courses
Academic admission requirements vary by school. The following coursework prepares students to apply to multiple programs. Note that some prerequisites may need to be completed through our WNY cross-registration program.
Anatomy & Physiology
One year of Anatomy & Physiology with laboratory:
Please note that UB Nursing has very specific coursework in anatomy and physiology that may affect your course selections.
|Select one of the following:|
|Human Biology: Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology|
and Human Biology: Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
|Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology|
and Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
and Human Anatomy Lab
and Physiology Laboratory
One semester of general microbiology with laboratory:
and Microbiology Laboratory
One semester of nutrition:
|or KIN 115||Basic Nutrition|
One semester of general chemistry with laboratory:
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
One semester of statistics. Chemistry majors must take MAT 141.
|PSY 201||Basic Statistics for Behavioral Sciences||3 or 4|
|or MAT 131||Statistics for Social Sciences|
|or MAT 141||Inferential Statistics and Computers for Science|
|PSY 203||Lifespan Developmental Psychology||3|
One course in medical terminology is required by some schools:
|HRP 111||Medical Terminology||1|
Additional Pre-Nursing Courses
Some schools recommend addtional coursework from the following:
Science Courses: Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Human Genetics and additional Physiology courses may be required by some programs. These may be taken through our WNY cross-registration program.
HRP 101 allows students to explore different health professions.
HRP 111 introduces students to medical terminology.
HRP 498 is an internship in medical informatics. A medical scribe internship is also available.
HRP 498A is a medical mission trip.