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Accelerated Second-Degree Nursing Program (A2D)

For more information, contact Ms. María Luisa Mendoza, Pre-Health Advisor,


The Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing is the flagship nursing program of the City University of New York. The HBSON is located on the Brookdale Health Sciences Campus of Hunter College, 425 E. 25th Street at 1st Avenue, adjacent to the VA Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, and NYU Medical Center. Our undergraduate programs combine 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 designed for students who have earned non-nursing baccalaureate degrees and are interested in a career change. The 51 credit program is based on the generic baccalaureate program, but is organized to be completed by adult learners over 18 months of full-time study. Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.

The undergraduate curriculum also provides a strong foundation for graduate study at the Master's and Doctoral levels, of which programs are offered at the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing and the CUNY Graduate Center.


Course of Study

The program is designed for students to earn a second baccalaureate degree in nursing on a full time basis, earning 51 credits over a period of 18 months. The program currently has a Fall semester start date (subject to change). Course descriptions are available in the Undergraduate Catalog (2015-16).


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)


Tuition and Fees

As a tax-supported public institution, Hunter College can keep tuition rates and fees relatively low. Information on current tuition rates and fees is available on the Hunter College One Stop.

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


Admission Requirements

Students with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing who have successfully completed prerequisite courses in the sciences and liberal arts (see list below) can apply to the Accelerated Second-Degree Program.

Please read the following criteria carefully. You must meet all requirements below:

  • Earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college by June 1
  • 3.2 or higher cumulative GPA (all undergraduate courses from all schools). On average, admitted students enter the program with a GPA of 3.5.
  • Prerequisite courses (or equivalent) taken for credit with a minimum grade of 'B' or higher. Prerequisite courses offered by Hunter College are shown in parentheses:
    • General Chemistry with lab (CHEM 100/101) or equivalent
    • Organic Chemistry with lab (CHEM 120/121) or equivalent
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (BIOL 120 & BIOL 122) - 2 courses
    • Introduction to Statistics (STAT 113) or equivalent
    • Microbiology with lab (BIOL 230)
    • English Composition (ENGL 120)
    • General Psychology (PSYCH 100)
    • Human Development (PSYCH 150: Developmental Psychology of the Life Span) - 1 course
    • Nutrition (NFS 141)
    • A Genetics course (BIOL 105: Genome Biology)
  • Prerequisite courses taken at other institutions must be evaluated and transfered to your Hunter transcript with the appropriate Hunter course equivalencies prior to applying to the nursing program.
  • 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 1, no exceptions.
  • The School of Nursing no longer accepts repeated prerequisite courses.


U.S. Citizenship or Residency Status

In order to advance into nursing clinicals, students must provide documentation of U.S. citizenship or residency status via one of the following cataegories:

  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


How to Apply

The application and admission process involves three phases:

Passing the NLN Pre-Admission Exam (PAX)

  • Register in advance for the National League for Nursing (NLN) RN Pre-Admission Exam (PAX), which is offered at the Hunter College Testing Center (68th St Campus, Rm. 150N). Registration is open from early December to January. View Registration Details
    • 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 (ISBN-13: 978-0763762711), available in most bookstores
  • Take the NLN RN Pre-Admission exam administered in February at Hunter College Testing Center (68th St Campus, Rm. 150N)


Transferring Credits to Hunter College

Applicants with a degree from an institution other than Hunter College must file a CUNY Transfer Admission Application:

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.


Applying to Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing

  • Apply online through NursingCAS on from November 30 through February 1. Applications are due no later than February 1 to NursingCAS and CUNY. Please note that the deadline for the application is subject to change.
  • Make sure to submit all transcripts to NursingCAS and the CUNY University Application Processing Center (UAPC), including your Hunter College transcripts.
  • A career goal statement is required with the NursingCAS application.


How Applications are Evaluated

Admittance to the program is based on an acceptance composite score, determined as follows:

  • Cumulative GPA (50%)
  • NLN Pre-RN exam score (50%)

Composite scores of all applications recieved in an academic year are rank-ordered from highest to lowest. Applicants are offered admission based on this ranked composite score and their satisfaction of other admission requirements. Applications that do not meet all admission requirements are not reviewed.

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


Clearances for Clinical Practice

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 verifying that a student is fully capable of participating in clinical practice.

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 on any of the 7 days of the week. Criminal background checks may be required by clinical sites. 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.



Please contact the Pre-Health Advisor, María Luisa Mendoza, at



Edited as of November 23, 2015
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