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Accelerated Second-Degree (A2D)

Dr. Norma S. Hannigan, Coordinator of Accelerated Second-Degree Program


Dr. Mary Belmont, Director of Undergraduate Nursing


For further information, contact:


Ms. María Luisa Mendoza, Pre-Health Advisor,


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                The Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing is the flagship nursing program of the City University of New York.

The School of Nursing is located on the Brookdale Campus of Hunter College, 425 E. 25th Street at 1st Avenue adjacent to The VA Hospital, Bellevue Hospital and NYU Medical Center. The Undergraduate program of study combines liberal arts and professional education with a humanistic and comprehensive approach to health care, leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. 


The Accelerated Second-Degree program (A2DP) is for students who have earned non-nursing baccalaureate degrees. It is a 51 credit program based on the existing generic baccalaureate program but organized to be completed by adult learners over 18 months of full-time study.   The undergraduate program also provides a foundation for graduate study at the Master’s and Doctoral levels, which are offered at the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing and the CUNY Graduate Center.


Acceptance composite score for admittance to the Upper division is as follows:

·         Cumulative GPA (50%)

·         NLN Pre-RN exam score (50%)


The composite scores of all students applying for admission during an academic year are rank ordered from highest to lowest. Students will be accepted for admission based on this ranked composite score and the completion of all other admission requirements.  Applications that do not include all admission requirements will not be reviewed.


Since A2DP admission decisions are made before the Spring semester is completed, applicants with grades pending will be conditionally accepted until receipt of final grades (due no later than June 1). Once accepted, students must attend a mandatory orientation session for all incoming A2DP students in order to maintain their accepted status.                                                                      

Clinical course schedules are determined by the School of Nursing based on resources and clinical facility availability. Clinical schedules may include day and/or evening hours, as well as any of the 7days of the week.  Criminal background checks may be required by the clinical facilities.  A student who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor will have to undergo investigation by the Office of Professional Discipline, which might result in denial of RN licensure.

 Prior to beginning any course work in the nursing major, students are required to submit documentation of: health insurance, medical/ immunization records, professional liability insurance, and CPR certification. These documents are to be updated at the beginning of each academic year.  The medical record must include a statement from a primary health care provider that a student is fully capable of participating in clinical practice.

 Student fees may include: tuition, lab fees, textbooks, standardized exam fees, health and liability insurance, criminal background checks, uniforms, and medical equipment. 



Applicants applying from an institution other than Hunter College must also file the CUNY Transfer Admission Application:

CUNY curriculum code: 0347

Fall application deadline: February 1 

Spring application deadline: for Hunter College General Admission September 15

Once admitted to Hunter College, students must attend a mandatory Transfer Orientation session.  Transfer credits will be evaluated at the orientation to ensure accurate course transfer and registration.



Please read the following rules of application carefully. You must meet all requirements below:

  • Earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college by June 1st
  • All Applicants must file an application for admission to the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing thorough NursingCAS on https// by February 1st.  Kindly submit one set of all official transcripts to NursingCAS, including the Hunter College transcript.
  • Cumulative (all undergraduate grades from all courses from all schools) GPA of at least 3.2 (on average admitted students have a GPA of 3.5).
  • Science Prerequisite Course of Study with a minimum grade of “B” or its equivalent:
    • General Chemistry with lab (CHEM 100/101) or higher equivalent course
    • Organic Chemistry with lab (CHEM 120/121) or higher equivalent course
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (BIOL 120 & BIOL 122) 2 courses
    • Introduction to Statistics (STAT 113) or higher equivalent course
    • Microbiology with lab (BIOL 230)
    • English Composition (ENGL 120)
    • General Psychology (PSYCH 100)
    • Human Development (Developmental Psychology of the Life Span) (PSYCH 150) 1 course  
    • Nutrition (NFS 141)
    • A Genetics course.  Genome Biology (BIOL 105)  
  • Pre-requisite courses must be taken for Credit. All prerequisite course work taken at other institutions must be on your Hunter transcript with the appropriate Hunter course equivalencies prior to application.
  • Students may not take prerequisite courses during the summer immediately preceding the fall entry into the program.  All prerequisite courses must be completed by June 1st - no exceptions.
  • The School of Nursing no longer accepts repeated prerequisite courses
  • A career goal statement is required with the NursingCAS application
  • Register for the National League for Nursing (NLN) RN Pre-Admission Exam (referred to as the NLN PAX exam) at the Hunter College Testing Center (150N) in January and pay the non-refundable exam fee
  • Study for the NLN Pre-Admission Exam by purchasing the NLN Review Guide for RN Pre-Entrance Exam, editor: McDonald 3rd edition, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, available in most bookstores
  • NLN RN Pre-Admission exam  administered in February at Hunter College Testing Center (150N)
  • Applications will be available online through NursingCAS on from November 30th through February 1st.  Applications are due no later than February 1st to NursingCAS and CUNY.  Make sure to submit all transcripts to NursingCAS and CUNY UAPC, including your Hunter College transcripts.  Please note that the deadline for the application is subject to change.


 Important Information

In order to advance into nursing clinicals, students must provide documentation for one of the following categories:

 1)      U.S. Citizenship

2)      Permanent Residency

3)      International Student with F1 Status

4)      Granted Asylum, Refugee Status, Temporary Protected Status, Withholding of Removal, Deferred Enforced Departure*; or Deferred Action Status by the U.S. government 



  • This is a full time program
  • Start and end date of program is subject to change



            NURS 200 Introduction to Nursing (2 cr)

            NURS 210 Nursing Fundamentals and Health Assessment (4 cr)

NURS 220 Adult Health and Illness (4 cr)

            NURS 331 Pharmacology I (3 cr)



            NURS 339 Pharmacology II (3 cr)



            NURS 343 Pathophysiology and Nursing Care (3 cr)

            NURS 352 Nursing Care of Women and Childbearing Families (4 cr)

            NURS 360 Nursing Care of Infants, Children, and Adolescents (4 cr)

            NURS 380 Nursing Research and Theory (3 cr)



            NURS 455 Public Health Nursing (4 cr)

            NURS 460 Mental and Behavioral Health Nursing (4 cr)



            NURS 420 Nursing Leadership and Ethics (3 cr)

NURS 470 Adult Acute Illness/Immersion Clinical (4 cr)

NURS 490 Gerontological Nursing (4 cr)

NURS 492 Advanced Synthesis of Nursing Knowledge (2 cr)


Upon graduation, students will be able to sit for the licensing exam, NCLEX-RN. 




Please contact the Pre-Health Advisor, María Luisa Mendoza


Edited as of April 14, 2014

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