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Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nursing Program

For more information, contact Ms. María Luisa Mendoza, Pre-Health Advisor, or attend an information session.

The Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing is the flagship nursing school 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 (BS) degree in nursing.

Our Bachelor of Science nursing 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.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing programs at Hunter College, CUNY, are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202-887-6791.


About the Program

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing [Generic] program is designed for students who wish to become nurses over a four-year course of study in the liberal arts & sciences and professional nursing. On completion of the program, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam, the licensing examination for registered nurses.


Course of Study

The program is designed for students to earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing in four years of full time study. The course of study entails two parts: meeting general education and prerequisite requirements in the liberal arts & sciences during the first year, and advancing to professional nursing courses beginning in year two. Students are required to attend the program full time.

Course descriptions are available in the Undergraduate Catalog.

First Year Prerequisite Requirements

First Year: Fall Semester

  • ENGL 120: English Composition
  • STAT 113: Elementary Probability and Statistics
  • PSYCH 100: Introduction to Psychology
  • CHEM 100 & 101: Essentials of General Chemistry with Lab

First Year: Spring Semester

  • ENGL 220: Introduction to Literature *
  • PSYCH 150: Human Development
  • CHEM 120 & 121: Essentials of Organic Chemistry with Lab
  • US History Course (HIST 151, 152, or POLSC 110)

* While ENGL 220 is not a nursing prerequisite, it is recommended that prospective nursing students take this required literature course for the Bachelor of Science degree prior to their acceptance into the nursing program.


Professional Nursing Education Requirements

After completing first year requirements and applying to the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, admitted students continue to complete general education requirements while taking courses in professional nursing.

Second Year: Fall Semester

  • BIOL 120: Human Anatomy & Physiology (4.5 cr)
  • NURS 200: Introduction to Nursing (2 cr)
  • NURS 210: Nursing Fundamentals and Health Assessment (4 cr)
  • NURS 240: Foundation of Genetics for Nurses (2 cr)
  • Humanities Course (See Catalog)

Second Year: Spring Semester

  • BIOL 122: Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4.5 cr)
  • BIOL 230: Fundamentals of Microbiology (3 cr)
  • NURS 220: Adult Health and Illness (4 cr)
  • NURS 331: Pharmacology I (3 cr)

Third Year: Fall Semester

  • NURS 380: Nursing Research & Theory (3 cr)
  • NURS 339: Pharmacology II (3 cr)
  • NURS 352: Nursing Care of Women and Childbearing Families (4 cr)
  • NURS 332: Nutrition in the Nursing Process (3 cr)
  • Hunter Core Course (See Catalog)

Third Year: Spring Semester

  • NURS 343: Pathophysiology and Nursing Care (3 cr)
  • NURS 349: Foundation of Ethics and End of Life Care (3 cr)
  • NURS 360: Nursing Care of Infants, Children, and Adolescents (4 cr)
  • NURS 350: Nursing Independent Study (1.5 cr)
  • Hunter Core Course (See Catalog)

Fourth Year: Fall Semester

  • NURS 455: Public Health Nursing (4 cr)
  • NURS 460: Mental and Behavioral Health Nursing (4 cr)
  • Nursing Elective (2 cr)
  • Hunter Core Course (See Catalog)
  • Hunter Core Course (See Catalog)

Fourth Year: Spring Semester

  • NURS 470: Adult Acute Illness/Immersion Clinical (4 cr)
  • NURS 490: Gerontological Nursing (4 cr)
  • NURS 492: Advanced Synthesis of Nursing Knowledge (2 cr)
  • NURS 422: Health Policy and Leadership (3 cr)
  • Hunter Core Course (See Catalog)


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 are considered for admission to the nursing program in the spring semester of their freshman year after completing prerequisite course work and submitting an application to the School of Nursing. Only those admitted to the School of Nursing are allowed to declare nursing as their major.

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

  • Be admitted to Hunter College (lower division) as an undergraduate freshman or transfer student.
  • File a separate application for admission to the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing after meeting nursing prerequisite requirements (details below). For most students, the application is submitted in the beginning of the spring semester of their first year (Deadline: February 1).
  • Have a Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher (computed using all undergraduate courses from all schools) by the end of the fall semester preceding the nursing application. On average, admitted students have a GPA of 3.5.
  • Prerequisite courses (or equivalent) taken for credit with a minimum grade of 'B' or higher in the science and math courses. Prerequisite courses offered by Hunter College are shown in parentheses:
    • General Chemistry with lab (CHEM 100/101)
    • Organic Chemistry with lab (CHEM 120/121)
    • Introduction to Statistics (STAT 113)
    • English Composition (ENGL 120)
    • General Psychology (PSYCH 100)
    • Human Development (PSYCH 150: Developmental Psychology of the Life Span) - 1 course
    • (1) US History Course (HIST 151, HIST 152, POLSC 110)
  • 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 be enrolled in up to 4 prerequisite courses during the Spring semester of their application. Prerequisites may not be taken during the summer immediately preceding fall entry into the program. All prerequisite courses must be completed by June 1 with a GPA of 3.2 or higher and minimum grades of 'B' in science and math courses, no exceptions.
  • The School of Nursing does not accept 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:

Apply to Hunter College

All students must apply to Hunter College as an undergraduate student in the lower division as a freshman or transfer student using one of the following applications:

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

Take the NLN Pre-Admission Exam (PAX)

  • Register in advance for the National League for Nursing RN Pre-Admission Exam (NLN PAX-RN), 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
    • We recommend studying for the NLN PAX-RN using the NLN Review Guide for RN Pre-Entrance Exam (3rd edition), Editor: McDonald, Jones and Bartlett Publishers (ISBN-13: 978-0763762711), available in most bookstores.
  • Take the NLN PAX-RN in February, administered at the Hunter College Testing Center (68th St Campus, Rm. 150N)

Apply to Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing

  • After meeting first-year prerequisite requirements, apply to HBSON online through NursingCAS at Applications are accepted beginning November 30 and are due no later than February 1. Please note that the deadline for the application is subject to change.
  • Make sure to submit all transcripts to NursingCAS, including your Hunter College transcripts.
  • A career goal statement is required with the NursingCAS application, submitted on the "Personal Statement" tab of the application.


How Applications are Evaluated

Admission to the School of Nursing is very competitive. At present, 100 students are admitted annually and no one is guaranteed a seat into the program. 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 admission decisions are made before the Spring semester is completed, applicants with grades pending may be conditionally accepted until receipt of final grades and recalculation of GPA (due no later than June 1). Once accepted, students must attend a mandatory nursing 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.


Need Academic Advisement? Have Questions?
Please contact the Pre-Health Advisor, María Luisa Mendoza, at



Edited as of February 18, 2016
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