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 typically 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

Please note that the University at Buffalo Nursing has very specific coursework in anatomy and physiology that may affect your course selections.

One year of Anatomy & Physiology with laboratory:

Select one of the following:
Option 1:
BIO 114
Human Biology: Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
and Human Biology: Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
BIO 115
Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology
and Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
Option 2:
BIO 324
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
BIO 340
and Physiology Laboratory


One semester of general microbiology with laboratory:

BIO 307
and Microbiology Laboratory


One semester of nutrition:

BIO 109Nutrition3
or KIN 115 Basic Nutrition


One semester of general chemistry with laboratory:

CHM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory


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
or KIN 398 Statistics and Research Design


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

PSY 203Lifespan Developmental Psychology3

Medical Terminology

One course in medical terminology is required by some schools:

HRP 111Medical Terminology1

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.

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 111 introduces students to medical terminology.

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

HRP 498 is an internship in medical informatics. A medical scribe internship is also available.

HRP 498A is a medical service learning trip.