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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Students in a nursing lab

For over 70 years, D'Youville has been preparing students to be leaders in the nursing profession.

Overview & Distinctions


The Patricia H. Garman Patricia H. Garman School of Nursing prepares students to function competently in multiple nursing roles and multiple settings within the complex healthcare system. Students acquire a broad liberal arts and science foundation; develop interpersonal and communication skills; learn to think critically and creatively; interpret, utilize, and support research efforts; problem solve; evaluate their own learning needs; and become lifelong learners.

If you’re a motivated student interested in becoming a nursing professional, D’Youville’s Nursing program is an ideal place to start. Established in 1942, our program has an excellent reputation as one of the best in the region for high-quality, student-centered education.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • Upon acceptance into D'Youville, you'll gain direct entry in the nursing program as a freshman or transfer student.
  • Our faculty are clinical experts in their fields and recognized for their student-centered approach that emphasizes individualized instruction and career guidance.
  • Clinical instruction begins in your second year and you will gain a wide range of clinical experience in a variety of settings by the time you graduate. D’Youville students benefit from the close relationships that the institution has developed over the years with the region’s top-ranked hospitals and healthcare organizations.
  • Studies show that teamwork across clinical specialties improves patient outcomes. D'Youville's unique interdisciplinary education lab offers the opportunity for you to practice treating patients (played by actors) alongside a team of students from 7 other healthcare majors at D'Youville — all under the supervision of a skilled instructor.
  • D’Youville’s nursing program reflects our mission to educate professionals who contribute to the world community through leadership and service to others.
  • If you're interested in furthering your education after you complete your BSN, D'Youville's highly-regarded family nurse practitioner (MS) or doctor of nursing practice (DNP) programs may be options.

Automatic Merit-based Scholarship Consideration

When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application!

Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. And unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville because we use a realistic 2.25 GPA requirement to determine your eligibility for merit-based scholarships each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarships GPA Scholarship Amount
President's 88+ $14,000
Founder's 83 - 87.9 $12,000
Dean's 80 - 82.9 $10,000
Transfer 3.5+ $5,500
Transfer 3.25 - 3.49 $5,000
Transfer 3.0 - 3.24 $4,500
Transfer 2.75 - 2.99 $4,000

Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.

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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

At D'Youville, we are committed to selecting students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high-quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville. While we don't require you to submit ACT or SAT test scores, if you have taken or intend to take a standardized test we encourage you to submit your scores if you'd like them to be evaluated as part of your application.

First Time in College Freshman Requirements:

  • Submitted application for admission
  • Official high school transcripts
    • An overall weighted GPA minimum of 85% with successful completion of high school graduation requirements.
    • Completion of three years of english, math, and science is required. Grades in these courses must average above 85%.
    • One year high school science courses in biology/living environment and chemistry.

Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Standardized SAT/ACT test scores. Competitive SAT scores in the nursing program average above 1080, ACT scores average above a composite score of 21.
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation (These may be required by your admissions counselor upon initial application review.)

Transfer Admission Required Review Criteria:

  • Submitted application for admission
    • Applications are free of charge and can be found on our apply webpage.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges/universities
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5

 Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Coursework relevant to major of interest
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation
Associate Degree or Diploma Prepared Professionals:

Our online RN to BSN Program is designed for associate degree or diploma-prepared professionals seeking a baccalaureate degree in nursing.



Students entering our program as Freshmen are required to take a total of at least 121 credits including general education requirements, academic major requirements, and clinical experience (beginning in the sophomore year). The curriculum requirements for transfer students will vary depending on prior learning.

Nursing Degree: B.S.N.

Course Requirements for the Major:

In the specific areas of concentration:

Course Number Course Name Credits
NUR 110

Population Based Nursing

The history, scope of practice and role of nursing as it relates to preventive health practices and health promotion are introduced. A broad population focused perspective on factors that affect the health of the public, including systems thinking, health and safety, and cultural sensitivity concepts is presented. Epidemiologic factors, health surveillance, and the health-illness continuum are explored. Healthy People National Goals and Objectives are introduced through a service learning component. Prerequisite: Nursing Major

Prerequisites: None

NUR 210

Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse as a direct care provider in terms of assessing the health status of individuals from socially and culturally diverse backgrounds across the life span. Strong emphasis is placed on the application of communication techniques to establish a nurse-patient relationship and to elicit a health history. The course also focuses on the use of physical assessment techniques, namely inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. Assessment findings will be analyzed to identify the health needs of individuals in relation to health promotion. Students are introduced to the role of the nurse as consumer of research as it applies to health assessment and health promotion. Strategies to facilitate patient empowerment and self-responsibility are presented. The outcomes of this course will reflect not only students' level of skill in performing health assessments but also in communicating assessment findings using professional documentation standards.

Prerequisites: NUR-210L, BIO-107 BIO-107L BIO-108 BIO-108L PSY-203, BIO-208 BIO-208L NUR-110 NUR-280, (CHE-114 CHE-114L) or (CHE-101 CHE-101L CHE-112) or (CHE-101 CHE-101L BIO-303) or (CHE-111 CHE-112 CHE-113L)

NUR 210L

Health Assessment Lab

On-campus laboratory course to accompany NUR-210. Corequisite: NUR-210L.

Prerequisites: NUR-210

NUR 240

Fundamentals of Nursing

This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse as the direct care provider utilizing the nursing process when planning care for individuals across the lifespan. Strong emphasis is placed on the understanding of the theory required to safely perform technical nursing skills. Students will analyze patient scenarios to identify the nursing skills necessary to provide quality nursing care. Focus is on the patient-centered approach, which considers physiological, developmental, cultural, and spiritual needs, and preferences of the patient.

Prerequisites: NUR-240L, BIO-107 BIO-107L BIO-108 BIO-108L PSY-203, BIO-208 BIO-208L NUR-110 NUR-210 NUR-210L NUR-280, (CHE-114 CHE-114L) or (CHE-101 CHE-101L CHE-112 or (CHE-101 CHE-101L BIO-303) or (CHE-111 CHE-112 CHE-113L)

NUR 240L

Fundamentals Lab

On-campus laboratory course to accompany NUR-210 Corequisite: NUR-240

Prerequisites: NUR-240

NUR 260

Nursing Care of the Older Adult Chronic Conditions

This course introduces the student to major concepts related to the care of the older adult patient with chronic illness in a variety of settings. The course will explore theories and concepts related to the aging process in health and illness based upon Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Students will utilize evidence-based practice in the prevention of complications related to chronic disease. Students will employ a wide variety of leading health indicators via assessment tools, evidence-based protocols and standards. Patient safety and prevention of complications related to chronicity will be emphasized. Students will be provided clinical experiences in a variety of settings. Students will develop the ability to work collaboratively with other healthcare disciplines in providing safe, competent and ethical patient care.

Prerequisites: BIO-208 BIO-208L NUR-110 NUR-210 NUR-210L NUR-240 NUR-240L NUR-280, NUR-285

NUR 260L

Nursing Care Lab--Older Adult Chronic Conditions

Clinical laboratory course to accompany NUR-260. Corequisite: NUR-260.

Prerequisites: NUR-260

NUR 280

Pathophysiology for Nursing

This course provides an in-depth study of abnormal physiology with emphasis on nursing implications related to pathologic processes affecting patients across the lifespan. The major body systems and related pathology are explored. Focus is on etiology, manifestation, diagnosis, and treatment of disease from a patient-centered nursing perspective.

Prerequisites: NUR-110, BIO-107 BIO-107L BIO-108 BIO-108L , (CHE-114 CHE-114L) or (CHE-101 CHE-101L CHE-112 or (CHE-101 CHE-101L BIO-303) or (CHE-111 CHE-112 CHE-113L)

NUR 285

Pharmacology for Nursing Practice

This course focuses on the role of the nurse as a member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team responsible for the management of health problems using pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions. Major classifications of pharmacologic agents are presented. Emphasis is on patient response across the lifespan, with the goal of preparing students to administer these agents in a knowledgeable, safe, and therapeutic manner.

Prerequisites: NUR-280 BIO-208 BIO-208L

NUR 360

Nursing Care of the Adult Acute and Chronic Health Conditions

This course builds on concepts learned in previous courses and emphasizes care of the adult with acute medical/surgical health conditions utilizing Maslow's Hierarchy of needs. Students will provide quality care for acute care patients from admission through discharge with emphasis on patient education and health promotion. Students will practice in a variety of clinical settings and laboratory simulations. Students will enhance their ability to work collaboratively with other healthcare disciplines in providing safe, competent and ethical patient care.

Prerequisites: NUR-260 NUR-260L NUR-285, NUR-360L NUR-380

NUR 360L

Nursing Care Lab--Adult Acute and Chronic Health Conditions

Clinical laboratory course to accompany NUR-360. Corequisite: NUR-360.

Prerequisites: NUR-360

NUR 380

Evidence Based Practice

This course is an introduction to the nursing role related to evidence-based practice. Content includes how evidence-based practice contributes to the development of nursing knowledge, improves nursing practice, supports design of nursing systems, and enhances education and professional accountability. The historical evolution of nursing research and evidence-based practice is examined and current issues are analyzed. Ethical considerations and rights of human subjects are explored. As a consumer of evidence-based practice, the student develops the ability to integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care.

Prerequisites: NUR-210 NUR-210L NUR-240 NUR-240L.

NUR 470

Concepts in Community and Mental Health Nursing Care

This course focuses on community and population-based care and mental health needs of developmentally, culturally, and spiritually diverse individuals, families, and groups. Emphasis is on utilization of critical thinking, nursing interventions, effective communication, and patient education within mental health and community health settings. Physical and behavioral adaptation is emphasized in the context of a community/mental health continuum and a social systems framework.

Prerequisites: NUR-360 NUR-360L NUR-380, NUR-470L

NUR 470L

Nursing Care Lab--Community and Mental Health

Clinical laboratory course to accompany NUR-470. Corequisite: NUR-470.

Prerequisites: NUR-470

NUR 471

Nursing Care of Childbearing and Childrearing Families

The focus of this course is the role of the professional nurse as a direct care provider, advocate, and collaborative partner in the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health for childbearing and childrearing families. Learning activities emphasize identification of health-related needs and planning, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based, patient centered care. The nurse’s role as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team in a variety of settings is explored. Utilization of informatics and recognition of system effectiveness are incorporated in order to facilitate safe, quality care and optimum health outcomes.

Prerequisites: NUR-360 NUR-360L NUR-380, NUR-471L

NUR 471L

Nursing Care Lab--Childbearing and Childrearing Families

Clinical laboratory course to accompany NUR-471 Corequisite: NUR-471.

Prerequisites: NUR-471

NUR 480

Nursing Care of Patients With Complex Health Needs

This course focuses on concepts related to the knowledge, skills and professional behaviors for the patient requiring complex nursing care. These concepts are built from previous courses and applied to the care of patients experiencing advanced or complicated health alterations. The course integrates evidence-based practice, informatics, interdisciplinary teamwork, safety and patient centered care.

Prerequisites: NUR-470 NUR-470L NUR-471 NUR-471L NUR-485, NUR-480L

NUR 480L

Nursing Care Lab--Patients With Complex Health Needs

Clinical laboratory course to accompany NUR-480 Corequisite: NUR-480.

Prerequisites: NUR-480

NUR 485

Systems Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety

This course explores organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement and safety measures critical to implementing high quality nursing care. Leadership theory and skills exploring delegation, conflict resolution, ethical decision-making, working relationships and leadership are emphasized. Interprofessional collaboration based on professional nursing standards is explored within the broad context of cultural, economic, organizational and political backdrops.

Prerequisites: (NUR-470 NUR-470L) or (NUR-471 NUR-471L)

Total 53

In other academic areas required for the major:

Course Number Course Name Credits
BIO 107

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

This is a study of the structural and functional relationships of the human organism, emphasizing cells and tissues, the integument, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system and sense organs. This course consists of three lectures a week.

Prerequisites: one semester of college chemistry., BIO-107L

BIO 107L

Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory

This course accompanies BIO-107. This course consists of three hours of lab a week.

Prerequisites: BIO-107

BIO 108

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

This continuation of BIO 107 emphasizes the digestive system, respiratory system, blood, cardiovascular system, urinary system, reproductive systems, endocrine system, human genetics and development. This course consists of three lectures a week.

Prerequisites: BIO-107 BIO-107L, BIO-108L

BIO 108L

Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab

This course accompanies BIO-108. This course consists of three hours of lab a week.

Prerequisites: BIO-108

BIO 208


This course is an introduction to the morphology, physiology, ecology and replication modes of bacterial and eukaryote microorganisms as well as viruses. Pathogens associated with human disease are used to illustrate these general concepts. Methods used by microbes to resist antimicrobial drugs, transfer antimicrobial resistance and methods used to control the growth of microorganisms are also discussed. Emphasis is given to mechanisms of pathogenesis used by bacteria and viruses. The means used by humans to prevent or rid the body of microbial agents are also discussed. In the laboratory, students gain skills in sterile technique, stain procedures and biochemical tests used to characterize bacteria. Methods used to control microbial growths are also studied. The course consists of three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: (BIO-101,BIO-101L,BIO-102,BIO-102L) or (BIO-107,BIO -107L,BIO-108,BIO-108L), Bio-208L, 2 semesters of college chemistry or take CHE-114.

BIO 208L

Microbiology Lab

This course accompanies BIO 208. This course consists of three hours of laboratory a week.

Prerequisites: Bio-208 
CHE 114

Applied Chemistry for the Health Science

This is a one-semester introductory course emphasizing those areas in chemistry where biochemistry, the physical sciences and human health intersect. Interactive, student-centered learning is emphasized, as is the process of scientific inquiry. The scientific content is chosen with special emphasis on its applicability to medical issues and includes topics drawn from general, organic and physical chemistry as well as biochemistry, including the basics of atomic structure and chemical reactivity, pH, energy, force, pressure, fluid flow, organic reactions and compounds, biochemical molecules and the cycles of life

Prerequisites: CHE-114L

CHE 114L

Applied Chemistry for the Hlth Sci Lab

This laboratory accompanies CHE-114. Emphasis is on integrative coverage of material contained in its companion course and is conducted in an active learning environment

Prerequisites: CHE-114

ENG 111

Introduction to Literature: Acad Writing

This course is an introduction to literature and the fundamentals of academic writing. Students learn the skills essential to college success:critical reading and analytical thinking, interpretation, scholarly discussion and collaboration, effective oral presentation, composition of writing for both readers and listeners.

Prerequisites: None

ENG 112

Humanities Seminar

This course teaches academic writing skills based on a humanities topic, thematically linked to the D'Youville general education core. Topics will vary by instructor and will be approached from literary or historical perspectives, with a common focus on cultural studies. Offered both semesters. Crosslisted with HIS-112 beginning Fall 2019.

Prerequisites: None

MAT 123

Introduction to Applied Statistics

This course includes the underlying fundamental mathematical principles and their application to a wide range of statistical methods and tests. Included are the following: sampling, frequency distributions, probability, regression,confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, t-test, analysis of variance, chi-square and correlation. Existent computer software such as MiniTab is utilized by students to aid and facilitate the analysis of results. Not open to those who have taken MAT-120

Prerequisites: None

PSY 203

Lifespan Development

This course explores milestones of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development from conception through old age. Emphasis is placed on global principles that guide human growth and change across the lifespan. Counts as a course in the Development of the Person Course Cluster.
Offered in: Fall and Spring
Prerequisites: None


One Elective from CSC 110 or CSC 120

Choose one elective from CSC 110 or CSC 120

One Elective from ECO 201, ECO 202, or PSC 201

Choose one elective from ECO 201, ECO 202, or PSC 201

One Elective from HIS 103, HIS 111, HIS 203, or HIS 204

Choose one elective from HIS 103, HIS 111, HIS 203, or HIS 204

One Elective from PHI 201 or RS 201

Choose one elective from PHI 201 or RS 201

One Elective from SOC 101 or SOC 102

Choose one elective from SOC 101 or SOC 102
Total 44

Major: 53
Major requirements in other academic areas: 44
Remaining core requirements: 24
Total: 121



If you are someone who is interested in an emotionally rewarding, intellectually challenging career with opportunities for growth, nursing may be the career for you.

D'Youville's four-year BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program prepares graduates for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination and entry-level practice.


A baccalaureate degree in nursing prepares you for entry into practice as a generalist, so you are able to work in a variety of practice settings as a beginning practitioner. And as you progress through your career, nursing offers many career opportunities: there are over 75 different specialties in nursing. Some nurses practice in acute or long-term care in-patient facilities while others practice in patients' homes, clinics, research centers, industries and community agencies.

As a nursing professional with a baccalaureate degree, you can also practice in the military or all over the world as a traveling nurse. Whatever career path you choose, as the healthcare system undergoes restructuring in the U.S. and the rest of the world, new opportunities are emerging.

Graduate Degrees

Many of our graduates enter academic programs in order to pursue careers as family nurse practitioners or in research and teaching in both private and public organizations. We prepare nurses to advance their practice through master's degree preparation as a Family Nurse Practitioneror Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner or through preparation as a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in either Family Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. These programs are ideal options for graduates who wish to continue their education.

If you choose to pursue graduate education you can rest assured that the rigorous academic and clinical work you'll complete in our nursing BSN program will provide you with a solid foundation for advanced study and practice.

Career Outlook

Job prospects for RNs are expected to grow 26% from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. For more information about the job outlook for nurses, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

For more information about careers in nursing, visit: and

Clinical Experience

Clinical Experience

D’Youville students benefit from the close relationships that the institution has developed over the years with the region’s top-ranked hospitals and healthcare organizations.

Clinical Experience Sites


In order to further develop your clinical skills, you may have the opportunity to participate in an internship during the summer following your junior year. Not only will these internships provide you with invaluable clinical experience, but often students discover that the internships they participated in during their training lead to employment after graduation. Students preceding you have participated in internships at the following organizations (among others):

Faculty-led Study Abroad

As a D’Youville nursing major your clinical experience opportunities could extend beyond the Western New York region to other parts of the world. During your senior year, you may have the chance to gain exposure to other healthcare systems and provide care to people in impoverished communities through a faculty-led Nursing Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic. You can also join students from other disciplines for other faculty-led study abroad elective courses and programs.

Learn About the Importance of Clinical Rotations

A nursing student participating in the Interdisciplinary Education Lab.


Nursing students at D'Youville learn to work as part of a collaborative healthcare team through Interprofessional Education Labs.

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