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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 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. Unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville, because we use realistic GPA requirements to determine your eligibility each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarship SAT (M & EBRW)* or ACT⁺ / GPA Tuition Scholarship Room & Board Waiver GPA Required to Retain
President's 88/1170 or 24 $13,000 $3,000 2.75
Founder's 83/1080 or 21 $10,000  $2,000 2.5 
Dean's 80/980 or 19
Anyone with a 90 GPA can receive this award without test score consideration.
$8,000   2.25
Transfer 3.5+ $5,000  


Transfer 3.25 - 3.49 $4,500  


Transfer 3.0 - 3.24 $4,000   2.5
Transfer 2.75 - 2.99 $3,500   2.5
Dillon 93/1360 or 29 100% off $3,000 2.75
Buffalo Say Yes 90/1080 or 21 100% off   2.75
Alumni Kinship   $300-$2,000   Must reapply each year. Only open to relatives of D'Youville alumni.

*Scores are based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.
⁺D'Youville only requires that you submit the results from one test.

More information can be found on our scholarships page.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Our rigorous program is suitable for motivated students with an aptitude for science.

First Time Freshmen: Requirements for Fall 2018

D'Youville selects 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.

Students entering D'Youville as a freshman in the fall of 2018 must meet the following minimum entrance criteria: 
High School Classes (College Preparation) Years Accepted Examination Grade
English 4
  • 80 or higher on English 11
Mathematics (algebra and geometry) 2 N/A
Science, including biology and chemistry 3
  • 80 or higher on the Regents Chemistry exam and/or a final high school grade of 80 or higher in Chemistry
  • 80 or higher on the Regents Biology Exam and/or a final high school grade of 80 or higher in Biology
Social Studies 3-4  N/A
Foreign Language 2  N/A
High School Average SAT (or) ACT
85 1020 20
⁺Score is based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.
**Please note: Students that are borderline academically and failing to meet all of the minimum Admissions Standards to the School of Nursing may be reviewed by the Admissions Review Committee to determine acceptance into the program. All decisions of this committee are final.

Our admitted freshman class profile:

High school average: 85% attained a B or better
Class rank: 87% of students in the top 50 percent of their class or higher
Test Scores 25th Percentile 75th Percentile Median 
SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing* 460 590 530
SAT Math* 510 590 550
SAT Composite* 1010 1180 1090
ACT Composite* 21 25 23

*These scores reflect the new SAT score format, which went into effect in March 2016.


Transfer students

Students entering D'Youville as a transfer student must meet the following entrance criteria:

Criteria for Admission: Transfer students with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher will be considered for admission.

Average Cumulative GPA: 3.26

Review the steps to apply for admission to D'Youville as a transfer student.

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.

Course Requirements (In the Major)

Course # Course Name Credits
NUR 110 Population-based Nursing 3
NUR 210 Health Assessment Across Life Span 4
NUR 210L Health Assessment Across Life Span Lab 0
NUR 240 Fundamentals of Nursing 4
NUR 240L Fundamentals of Nursing Lab 0
NUR 260 Nursing Care of Older Adults with Chronic Health Conditions 5
NUR 260L Nursing Care of Older Adults with Chronic Health Conditions Lab 0
NUR 280 Pathophysiology for Nursing 3
NUR 285 Pharmacology for Nursing Practice 3
NUR 360 Nursing Care of Adult Patients with Acute/Chronic Health Conditions 7
NUR 360L Nursing Care of Adult Patients with Acute/Chronic Health Conditions Lab 0
NUR 380 Evidence-based Practice 3
NUR 470 Nursing Care of Patients in Community Mental Health Settings 6
NUR 470L Nursing Care of Patients in Community Mental Health Settings Lab 0
NUR 471 Nursing Care of Childbearing and Child Rearing Families 6
NUR 471L Nursing Care of Childbearing and Child Rearing Families Lab 0
NUR 480 Nursing Care of Patients with Complex Health Needs 6
NUR 480L Clinical Immersion Lab 0
NUR 485 Systems Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety 3

Course Requirements (other areas required for the major)

Course # Course Name Credits
BIO 107/107L Anatomy & Physiology I/Lab 4
BIO 108/108L Anatomy & Physiology II/Lab 4
BIO 208/208L Microbiology/Lab 4
CHE 114/114L Applied Chemistry for the Health Sciences/Lab 4
CSC 110 (or)
CSC 120
Computers and Computing (or)
Computers and Electronic Health Records
ECO 201 (or)
ECO 202 (or)
PSC 201
Principles of Economics (Macro) (or)
Principles of Economics (Micro) (or)
American Government and Economy
ENG 111 Introduction to Literature: Academic Writing 3
ENG 112 Liberal Arts Seminar: Research Writing 3
FOC 101 Focus Seminar for Nursing Students 0
HIS 103 (or)
HIS 111 (or)
HIS 203 (or)
HIS 204
Comp World Civilizations (or)
Growth of Western Culture (or)
American Economy/Social History to 1865 (or)
American Economy/Social History since 1865
MAT 123 Introduction to Applied Statistics 4
PHI 201 (or)
RS 201
Ethics (or)
Religion and Social Responsibility
PSY 203 Developmental Psychology 3
SOC 101 (or)
SOC 102
Principles of Sociology (or)
Social Problems

Total Credits Required for the Major

Major (53 credits)
Major Requirements in other academic areas (44 credits)
Remaining core curriculum requirements (24 credits)
Total (121 credits)



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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