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For over 70 years, D'Youville has been preparing students to be leaders in the nursing profession.
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.
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.
|Scholarships||SAT (M & EBRW) or ACT* / GPA||Scholarship Amount|
|President's||88/1170 or 24||$13,000 + $3,000 Room and Board Waiver|
|Founder's||83/1080 or 21||$10,000 + $2,000 Room and Board Waiver|
|Dean's||80/980 or 18
Anyone with a 90 GPA can receive this award without test score consideration.
|Transfer||3.25 - 3.49||$5,000|
|Transfer||3.0 - 3.24||$4,500|
|Transfer||2.75 - 2.99||$4,000|
*D'Youville only requires that you submit the results from one test.
Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.
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 or have demonstrated success in a previous college setting, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville.
Students entering D'Youville as a freshman must meet the following minimum entrance criteria:
|High School Classes (College Preparation)||Years|
|Mathematics (Algebra and Geometry)||2|
|High School Average||SAT (or)||ACT|
|Minimum of 80||980||19|
|Test Scores||25th Percentile||75th Percentile||Median|
|SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing||460||590||530|
Students entering D'Youville as a transfer student must meet the following entrance
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.
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.
In the specific areas of concentration:
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
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
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.
On-campus laboratory course to accompany NUR-210. Corequisite: NUR-210L.
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.
On-campus laboratory course to accompany NUR-210 Corequisite: NUR-240
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.
Clinical laboratory course to accompany NUR-260. Corequisite: NUR-260.
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.
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
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.
Clinical laboratory course to accompany NUR-360. Corequisite: NUR-360.
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
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.
Clinical laboratory course to accompany NUR-470. Corequisite: NUR-470.
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.
Clinical laboratory course to accompany NUR-471 Corequisite: NUR-471.
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.
Clinical laboratory course to accompany NUR-480 Corequisite: NUR-480.
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.
In other academic areas required for the major:
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
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.
This course accompanies BIO 107. This course consists of three hours of laboratory
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.
This course accompanies BIO 108. This course consists of three hours of laboratory
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.
This course accompanies BIO 208. This course consists of three hours of laboratory a week.
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
This laboratory accompanies CHE114. Emphasis is on integrative coverage of material
contained in its companion course and is conducted in an active learning environment
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.
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
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
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. The course meets the core requirement
Major requirements in other academic areas: 44
Remaining core requirements: 24
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your clinical experience may take place at any of the following regional facilities:
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):
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.