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RN-to-BS Nursing Program

HEGIS Code: 1203.10

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 Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital, and NYU Langone Medical Center. The undergraduate nursing program combines liberal arts and professional education with a humanistic and comprehensive approach to health care, leading to a bachelor of science (BS) degree.

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 RN-to-BS program is open to individuals who already have an associate's degree in nursing and a New York State RN license. The program may be completed on a part-time or full-time basis. Admission to the program occurs in the fall semester only. The undergraduate program 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 RN-to-BS program consists of two parts:

  • Liberal arts and general education requirements
  • Professional nursing education


Admission Requirements

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher (all undergraduate courses from all schools) is required.
  • Completion of a minimum of 36 credits in liberal arts & sciences.
  • Earned associate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college, completing the equivalent of 24 credits in nursing. A maximum of 24 credits may be transferred for credit to the nursing major.
  • License to practice as a RN in New York State. Applicants who are recent graduates of an associate degree program must submit proof of licensure by December 1 of the year in which they are admitted. Students unable to document receiving an RN license will not be permitted to continue in the nursing major.
  • Must submit evidence of current liability insurance, health insurance, and CPR certification prior to entering the first semester of the nursing major.
  • Liberal arts credits must be from a regionally accredited college/university. If you are unaware of the accreditation status of your liberal arts courses, please contact your school to confirm this.
  • If you have an associate’s degree in nursing from a non-accredited college and/or you are an international nursing degree graduate, you must complete all of the above and also must take the Regents College Examinations (RCE's) in Adult Nursing, Maternal and Child Nursing, and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing at the baccalaureate level. A grade of "C" or better is acceptable. This exam is administered by Excelsior College, and you can contact them at (518) 464-8500 or You will not be able to register for any nursing courses at Hunter College until these exams are completed and reviewed by the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing.

U.S. Citizenship or Residency Status

In order to advance into nursing clinical, students must provide documentation of U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status. International applicants who need an F-1 or J-1 Visa currently are not eligible for this program.


How and When to Apply to Hunter College

To apply to the RN-to-BS program, complete a transfer application with the University Application Processing Center:

Once admitted to Hunter College, students must attend two mandatory transfer and RN-to-BS orientations. College courses taken elsewhere and transferred to Hunter College may meet general education requirements or prerequisite course requirements. Transfer credits will be evaluated at the transfer orientation to ensure accurate course transfer and registration.


Course of Study

A minimum of 120 credits in liberal arts & sciences and in professional nursing are required to complete the BS degree. Course descriptions are available in the undergraduate course catalog.

RN-to-BS Prerequisite Courses

  • English Composition (e.g., ENG 120)
  • Quantitative Reasoning: Introduction to Statistics (STAT 113)
  • Social Science: General Psychology (PSYCH 100) and Human Development (PSYCH 150)
  • Natural Science: Essentials of General Chemistry with Lab (CHEM 100/101) plus 12.5 additional credits in other science or mathematics

Foreign Language Requirement

Students pursuing a BS in nursing are exempt from Hunter College's foreign language requirement.

Significant Writing Requirement ('W' Courses)

Hunter's general education requirements include up to 3 writing-enhanced (W) courses, depending on the number of transfer credits a student successfully applies towards their degree:

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

RN-to-BS Nursing Major Requirements and Policies

  • Admission to the program will be in the fall semester only.
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the second semester of the RN-to-BS program.
  • To register for nursing major courses, please contact your RN-to-BS nursing advisor, Mr. Mike Akke (
  • Nursing classes are fully online with one exception: NURS 480 requires 45 hours of clinical. Please note that the clinical course will be scheduled Monday through Friday. The clinical course is not available on weekends.
  • If the student is inactive for one semester or more, the student may be required to reapply for admission to the School of Nursing RN-to-BS program.
  • Technical competence and computer literacy is an expectation of the program.

RN-to-BS Nursing Major Courses (30 credits)

Courses will generally be offered on the following schedule:

  • NURS 200: Introduction to Nursing (2 cr) - Fall
  • NURS 240: Foundation in Genetics for Nurses (2 cr) - Fall
  • NURS 334: Pathopharmacology (4 cr) - Spring
  • NURS 379: Nursing and Societal Forces (3 cr) - Fall
  • NURS 380: Nursing Research & Theory (3 cr) - Spring
  • NURS 381: Health Assessment (3 cr) - Fall
  • NURS 423: Foundations in Ethics and Palliative Care (3 cr) - Spring
  • NURS 480: Promotion of Wellness in the Community (4 cr) - Summer
  • NURS 482: Roles and Relationships in Professional Nursing (3 cr) - Winter session
  • NURS 491: Gerontological Nursing (3 cr) - Summer

Sample Curriculum

First Semester (Fall) - 10 cr.

  • NURS 200 Intro to Nursing (2cr)
  • NURS 379 Nursing and Societal Forces (3 cr)
  • NURS 240 Foundation in Genetics for Nurses (2 cr)
  • NURS 381 Health Assessment (3 cr)

Second Semester (Winter Intersession) - 3 cr.

  • NURS 482: Roles and Relationships in Professional Nursing (3 cr)

Third Semester (Spring) - 10 cr.

  • NURS 334: Pathopharmacology (4 cr)
  • NURS 380 Nursing Research (3 cr)
  • NURS 491: Gerontology for Nurses (3 cr)

Fourth Semester (Summer) - 7 cr.

  • NURS 423: Foundations in Ethics and Palliative Care (3 cr)
  • NURS 480: Promotion of Wellness in the Community (4 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 OneStop.

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


Need academic advisement? Have questions?
Please contact María Luisa Mendoza, Pre-Health Academic Advisor, at


Effective January 29, 2019
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