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Generic Program



The Generic Program is for individuals who wish to obtain a BSN degree.

Last acceptance to the traditional Generic Program was Fall 2013.  For more information on our NEW Generic program, please review the following link:


Mr. Joe Saladino, Director of Undergraduate Nursing

For further information, contact:

Ms. María Luisa Mendoza, Pre-Health Advisor,


                The Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing is one of the largest and most prestigious nursing programs in the country.  The School of Nursing is located on the Brookdale Campus of Hunter College, 425 E. 25th Street at 1st Avenue, near the Manhattan VA Hospital, Bellevue Hospital and NYU Langone Medical Center. The undergraduate program of study combines liberal arts and professional education with a humanistic and comprehensive approach to heath care, leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.  At the completion of the generic program, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam, the licensing examination for registered nurses.  The undergraduate program also provides a foundation for graduate nursing study.


The Generic Program consists of two parts:

·         Lower division (liberal arts and general education requirements)

·         Upper division (professional nursing education)


Students are considered for admission to the Upper division of the program for the Fall semester only, after completing lower division pre-requisite courses and application to the School of Nursing.  Only students admitted to the Upper division are allowed to declare nursing as their major. 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.  Students admitted to the Upper division are required to attend the program on a full-time basis, during the day only.


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 that 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.  Failure to meet all admission criteria will require a new application for the following year.


Since Upper division admissions 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 1st). Once accepted, students must attend a mandatory orientation session for all incoming Upper division students in order to maintain their accepted status.


Clinical course schedules are determined by the School of Nursing based on resources and clinical facilities and may include mornings, a full day, evenings or weekend hours.  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 RN licensure being withheld.


All students admitted to the Upper division are required to annually submit evidence of health insurance, medical and immunization records, liability insurance and CPR certification prior to entering the first semester of the Upper division. Certification by a physician that the student is fully capable of participating in clinical practica is required annually.   In addition to tuition, student fees and textbooks, other expenses may include health and liability insurance, criminal background checks, as well as required uniforms and medical equipment. 


  • Pre-Requisite courses are in bold type and must be completed with a grade of “C” or better
  • Co-requisite courses:  CHEM 120/121 and BIOL 120.  BIOL 122 and BIOL 230
  • For a complete list of all GER courses per stage, refer to the Undergraduate Catalog, p. 25
  • GER requirements must be completed prior to graduation
  • Minimum of 120 credits to complete the BS degree


Stage 1: Academic Foundations

      Group A (3 cr.)  English Composition ENG 120

      Group B (3 cr.): Quantitative Reasoning STAT 113 or STAT 213

      Group C (3 cr.): U.S. History (see catalog)


Stage 2: Broad Exposure

      Group A (3 cr.):  Literature in English (see catalog)

      Group B (6 cr.):  Social Science PSYCH 100 and PSYCH 150

      Group C (3 cr.):  Humanities (see catalog)

      Group D (3 cr.):  Visual & Performance Arts (see catalog)

Group E (18 cr.):  Natural Science CHEM 100 (lecture) 101 (lab), and CHEM 120 (lecture) 121(lab) and

*note: CHEM 102 (lecture) 103 (lab) and CHEM 222 (lecture) 223 (lab) are acceptable substitutions

Allied Courses: BIOL 120 (Fall only), and BIOL 122 (Spring only)


Stage 3: Focused Exposure

      Group A (3 cr.):  Humanities (see catalog)

      Group B (3 cr.):  Social or Natural Science BIOL 230 (Spring only)


Pluralism and Diversity

      Group A (3 cr.):  Non-European (see catalog)

      Group B (3 cr.):  Cultures (see catalog)

      Group C (3 cr.):  Women and/or Gender (see catalog)

      Group D (3 cr.):  European (see catalog)


Foreign Language Requirement:  students pursuing a BSN are exempt from FL requirement


Significant Writing (W) Requirement (must be taken at Hunter College only)

  • Students matriculating with fewer than 31 credits need to complete 3W courses at Hunter
  • Students matriculating with 31-59 credits need to complete 2W courses at Hunter
  • Students matriculating with 60-90 credits need to complete 1W course at Hunter





All students must apply to Hunter College as an Undergraduate student pursuing the lower division via one of the following two categories:

  • Freshman Application with the University Application Processing Center:

CUNY curriculum code: 0347

Fall application deadline: February 1 

Spring application deadline: September 15

Once admitted to Hunter College, students must attend a mandatory Freshman Orientation session

  • Transfer Students

Must complete a Transfer Application with the University Application Processing Center:

CUNY curriculum code: 0347

Fall application deadline: February 1 

Spring application deadline: 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.


·         Students must file a separate application for admission to the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing through NursingCAS on

·         In order to apply to the School of Nursing, students must be a matriculated (degree-seeking) undergraduate student at Hunter College during the Spring semester when application to the School of Nursing is filed.

·         Cumulative (all undergraduate grades from all courses from all schools) GPA of at least 3.0 (on average admitted students have a GPA of 3.5).

·         Pre-requisite courses may not be taken on a Credit/No Credit basis

·         Prerequisite Course of Study with a minimum grade of “C” or its equivalent:

o    General Chemistry with lab (CHEM 100/101) or higher equivalent course

o    Organic Chemistry with lab (CHEM 120/121) or higher equivalent course

o    Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (BIOL 120 & BIOL 122) 2 courses

o    Introduction to Statistics (STAT 113) or higher equivalent course

o    Microbiology with lab (BIOL 230)

o    English Composition (ENGL 120)

o    General Psychology (PSYCH 100)

o    Human Development (Developmental Psychology of the Life Span) (PSYCH 150) 1 course  

·         May be enrolled in 2 of the pre-requisite courses during the Spring semester of application; however, must provide proof of a grade of “C” or better in these courses no later than 6/1

·         A career goal statement of yourself will be required

·         Completed at least 60 credits by the end of Summer session prior to beginning Upper Division courses

·         Register for the National League for Nursing (NLN) RN Pre-Entrance exam at the Hunter College Testing Center (150N) in January and pay the non-refundable exam fee

·         National League for Nursing Review Guide for RN Pre-Entrance Exam, editor: McDonald available in most bookstores

·         NLN RN Pre-Admission exam (referred to as the NLN PAX exam) administered in February at Hunter College Testing Center (150N)

·         Applications will be available online through NursingCAS on from Friday, November 30th through Friday, February 1st.  Applications are due no later than Friday, February 1st to NursingCAS.  Make sure to submit all transcripts to NursingCAS, including your Hunter College transcripts.  Please note that the deadline for the application is subject to change.


 Important Information


Starting Fall 2009 semester, 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


 *The Deferred Enforced Department Category has been added since IEVC Logue's August 19 memo



·         Students MUST attend upper division full time     

·         Courses are mostly during the day time


First Semester (Fall)

NURS 200 Introduction to Nursing (3 cr)

NURS 310 Nursing 1 (8 cr)

NURS 331 Essentials of Pharmacology (3 cr)


Second Semester (Spring)

NURS 312 Nursing 2 (8 cr)

NURS 332 Nutrition in the Nursing Process (3 cr)

NURS 380 Nursing Research (3 cr)


Third Semester (Fall)

NURS 410 Nursing 3 (8 cr)

NURS Elective (3 cr)

NURS Elective (3 cr)


Fourth Semester (Spring)

NURS 412 Nursing 4 (8 cr)

NURS 419 Nursing Management and Leadership(2 cr)

NURS 421 Nursing and Society (2 cr)





Please contact the Pre-Health Advisor, María Luisa Mendoza 


Updated as of November 13, 2012