Niagara has a long history of nursing education with a proud legacy of successful and engaged alumni. Accredited by the New York State Department of Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Niagara's nursing department is proud to offer three different degree programs:
- Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Nursing (4-Year Degree)
- RN-to-B.S. Completion Program (Post-Associate Degree)
- Accelerated B.S. in Nursing (1-Year Post-Baccalaureate Degree)
The bachelor of science is the preferred educational degree for nursing, providing nurses with a wide range of opportunities in the field.
Niagara's nursing programs focus on preparing nurses who internalize and integrate the professional nursing paradigm of critical analysis and problem solving, healthcare leadership and management, communication and research utilization, community-based care and the values of respect for human dignity and ethical decision-making related to the scope of professional nursing practice. Our goal is to educate nurses who, upon completion of the program, have been prepared to lead, manage and deliver outstanding professional comprehensive nursing care in any healthcare setting. The programs use active learning strategies and strive to be flexible and accessible for the adult learners.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Nursing (4-Year Degree)
Niagara's traditional 4-year nursing degree program, preparing a young man/woman for a career in professional nursing, reopened in 2012. Nursing will be your major and nursing courses will be spread across the 4-year, 8-semester, plan of study. Nursing is a practice-oriented major, so clinical courses at healthcare agencies will be an integral part of the program.
Niagara's program is approved by New York State Education Department, which is necessary for you to take the NYS RN licensing examination (NCLEX) upon graduation.
RN-to-B.S. Completion Program (Post-Associate Degree)
The bachelor of science completion program for nurses builds on the foundation acquired in an associate degree or diploma nursing program. Core nursing courses focus on critical thinking, information literacy and communication in healthcare; ethical decision-making; evidence-based practice; and leadership/administration. A final internship with preceptor guidance allows students to internalize and integrate the educational experience. Internships are selected specifically for each student's area of interest. General education courses, which support and expand learning, are tailored to student interests.
Accelerated B.S. in Nursing (1-Year Post-Baccalaureate Degree)
Students who have a bachelor's degree already and have fulfilled the prerequisite courses can enter Niagara University's accelerated 1-year bachelor's degree professional nurse preparation program.
Our accelerated program began in May 2012, for persons interested in a career as a professional registered nurse, who have already received a bachelor's degree in another major from an accredited university/college. This program will be one year in duration, full time, across summer, fall and spring semesters. Included will be both theoretical courses and clinical courses. Class size will be kept small to foster student success.
Niagara's program is approved by New York State Education Department, which is needed for you to take the NYS RN licensing examination (NCLEX) upon graduation.