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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

Overview

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.

Curriculum

Curriculum

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.

Find detailed course information for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, tools to plan your education, and complete academic policies and procedures in the D'Youville academic catalog.

Major 53
Major requirements in other academic areas 44
Liberal Arts and Science Electives 24
Total Credits 121

Course Requirements for the Major

In the Specific Areas of Concentration

NUR-110 Population-Based Nursing 3
NUR-210 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 4
NUR-210L Health Assessment Lab 0
NUR-240 Fundamentals of Nursing 4
NUR-240L Fundamentals Lab 0
NUR-260 Nursing Care of the Older Adult Chronic Conditions 5
NUR-260L Nursing Care Lab--Older Adult Chronic Conditions 0
NUR-280 Pathophysiology for Nursing 3
NUR-285 Pharmacology for Nursing Practice 3
NUR-360 Nursing Care of the Adult Acute and Chronic Health Conditions 7
NUR-360L Nursing Care Lab--Adult Acute and Chronic Health Conditions 0
NUR-380 Evidence-Based Practice 3
NUR-470 Concepts in Community and Mental Health Nursing Care 6
NUR-470L Nursing Care Lab--Community and Mental Health 0
NUR-471 Nursing Care of Childbearing and Childrearing Families 6
NUR-471L Nursing Care Lab--Childbearing and Childrearing Families 0
NUR-480 Nursing Care of Patients With Complex Health Needs 6
NUR-480L Nursing Care Lab--Patients With Complex Health Needs 0
NUR-485 Systems Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety 3
Total Credits 53

In Other Academic Areas Required for the Major

BIO-107 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BIO-107L Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory 1
BIO-108 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3
BIO-108L Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1
BIO-208 Microbiology 3
BIO-208L Microbiology Lab 1
CHE-114 Applied Chemistry for the Health Science 4
CHE-114L Applied Chemistry for the Health Science Lab 0
MAT-123 Introduction to Applied Statistics 4
PSY-203 Lifespan Development 3
Total Credits 23

 

Careers

Careers

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.

Specializations

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: www.DiscoverNursing.com and www.nln.org.

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

Internship

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.

interprofessional

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

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Kathleen Mariano in a clinical skills lab

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"Pediatric nursing is my area of clinical practice." 

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