Pre-Nursing

Introduction

Students interested in a career in nursing may complete a bachelor degree in any subject along with completing 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. Students should gain a thorough understanding of the profession through hospital volunteerism and/or working as a Certified Nursing Assistant or Home Health Aide/Presonal Care Assistant. A competitive score on the GRE may be required from some master-level programs. Students should work with the Pre-Med Advisor as soon as possible after deciding on nursing 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 somewhat 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: (Note that UB Nursing has very specific coursework in anatomy and physiology.)

Select one of the following:
Option 1 (non-biology Majors):
BIO 114
114L
Human Biology: Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
and Human Biology: Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
4
BIO 115
115L
Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology
and Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
4
Option 2 (Biology majors):
BIO 324
324L
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
4
BIO 340
340L
Physiology
and Physiology Laboratory
4

Microbiology

One semester of general microbiology with laboratory:

BIO 307
307L
Microbiology
and Microbiology Laboratory
4

Nutrition

One semester of nutrition:

BIO 109Nutrition3
or HED 115 Basic Nutrition

Chemistry

One semester of general chemistry with laboratory:

CHM 111
111L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
4

Psychology:

One semester of Developmental Psychology (additional coursework in psychology such as PSY 101, PSY 102, or PSY 303 is helpful):

PSY 203Lifespan Developmental Psychology3

Mathematics

One semester of statistics:

PSY 201Basic Statistics for Behavioral Sciences3 or 4
or MAT 131 Statistics for Social Sciences
or MAT 141 Inferential Statistics and Computers for Science

Medical Terminology

One course in medical terminology is required by some schools.

HRP 111Medical Terminology1 or 3
or CLS 220 Greek and Latin Roots of Medical Terminology

Additional Pre-Nursing Course Suggestions

Science Courses

Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Human Genetics and additional Physiology (these may be taken through our WNY cross-registration program)

Sociology

SOC 110 or SOC 111

Bio-Medical Ethics

PHI 243 or RST 345

Elective Courses

HRP 101 allows students to explore different health professions.

HRP 201 and HRP 202 allow students to explore areas of medicine in more depth.

HRP 498 is an internship in medical informatics.