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):|
|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
|Option 2 (Biology majors):|
and Human Anatomy Lab
and Physiology Laboratory
One semester of general microbiology with laboratory:
and Microbiology Laboratory
One semester of nutrition:
|or HED 115||Basic Nutrition|
One semester of general chemistry with laboratory:
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
|PSY 203||Lifespan Developmental Psychology||3|
One semester of statistics:
|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|
One course in medical terminology is required by some schools.
|HRP 111||Medical Terminology||1 or 3|
|or CLS 220||Greek and Latin Roots of Medical Terminology|
Additional Pre-Nursing Course Suggestions
Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Human Genetics and additional Physiology (these may be taken through our WNY cross-registration program)
HRP 101 allows students to explore different health professions.
HRP 498 is an internship in medical informatics.