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RN-to-BS Nursing Program

For more information, contact Ms. María Luisa Mendoza, Pre-Health Advisor, prenursingadvising@hunter.cuny.edu 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.

 

About the Program

The RN-to-BS program is designed for people with an associate's degree in nursing and New York State RN license who are interested in earning a bachelor's degree in nursing. The program may be completed on a part time basis.

 

Course of Study

The RN-to-BS program allows graduates of associate nursing programs who have RN licensure to earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing, completing a minimum of 120 credits in liberal arts & sciences and in professional nursing from Hunter College. Associate degree coursework may be evaluated for transfer to meet general education and nursing prerequisite requirements. The program currently has a Fall semester start date. Course descriptions are available in the Undergraduate Catalog.

RN-to-BS Prerequisite Courses

College courses taken elsewhere and transferred to Hunter College may meet general education and/or prerequisite nursing requirements.

  • English Composition (e.g., ENG 120)
  • Introduction to Statistics (STAT 113)
  • General Psychology (PSYCH 100)
  • Human Development (PSYCH 150)
  • General Chemistry with Lab (CHEM 100/101)
  • 12.5 additional credits in other Science or Mathematics

Foreign Language Requirement

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

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

  • NURS 379: Nursing and Societal Forces (3 cr)
  • NURS 380: Nursing Research & Theory (3 cr)
  • NURS 381: Health Assessment throughout the Lifespan (4.5 cr)
  • NURS 384: Nursing Culturally Diverse Families (3 cr)
  • NURS 480: Promotion of Wellness in the Community (4.5 cr)
  • NURS 482: Advancement of Roles & Relationships in Professional Nursing (3 cr)
  • Nursing Electives (9 cr)

 

Nursing courses are typically offered on the following schedule:

Fall Semester

  • NURS 379: Nursing and Societal Forces (3 cr)
  • NURS 380: Nursing Research & Theory (3 cr)
  • NURS 384: Nursing Culturally Diverse Families (3 cr)
  • NURS 480: Promotion of Wellness in the Community (4.5 cr)

Winter Session

  • NURS 482: Advancement of Roles & Relationships in Professional Nursing (3 cr)
  • Nursing Electives

Spring Semester

  • NURS 380: Nursing Research & Theory (3 cr)
  • NURS 381: Health Assessment throughout the Lifespan (4.5 cr)
  • Nursing Electives

Summer Session

  • NURS 381: Health Assessment throughout the Lifespan (4.5 cr)
  • NURS 480: Promotion of Wellness in the Community (4.5 cr)
  • NURS 482: Advancement of Roles & Relationships in Professional Nursing (3 cr)
  • Nursing Electives

 

Sample Plan of Study

Fall (First Semester)

  • NURS 379: Nursing and Societal Forces (3 cr)
  • NURS 384: Nursing Culturally Diverse Families (3 cr)

Spring (Second Semester)

  • NURS 381: Health Assessment throughout the Lifespan (4.5 cr)
  • Nursing Elective

Fall (Third Semester)

  • NURS 380: Nursing Research & Theory (3 cr)
  • NURS 480: Promotion of Wellness in the Community (4.5 cr)

Winter Session

  • NURS 482: Advancement of Roles & Relationships in Professional Nursing (3 cr)

Spring (Fourth Semester)

  • Nursing Elective (3 cr)
  • Nursing Elective (3 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 an associate's degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college are welcome to apply to the RN-to-BS program. Prerequisite courses in the sciences and liberal arts (see list below) are required in order to earn a baccalaureate degree from Hunter College; these must be completed prior to the second semester of the RN-to-BS program.

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

  • 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.
  • A 3.25 or higher cumulative GPA (all undergraduate courses from all schools) is required.
  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of 36 credits in liberal arts & sciences.
  • Must be licensed to practice as a RN in New York State by December 1 of the first semester in the program. Students unable to document receiving their 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.
  • If you have an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from a non-accredited college and/or you have an international nursing degree, 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 www.excelsior.edu. 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.
  • Prerequisite courses (or their equivalent) taken for credit with a minimum grade of 'B' or higher. Prerequisite courses offered by Hunter College are shown in parentheses:
    • English Composition (ENGL 120)
    • Introduction to Statistics (STAT 113) or equivalent
    • General Psychology (PSYCH 100)
    • Human Development (PSYCH 150: Developmental Psychology of the Life Span)
    • General Chemistry with lab (CHEM 100/101) or equivalent
    • 12.5 additional credits in other Science or Mathematics (e.g., Organic Chemistry with lab, Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Microbiology with lab, etc.)
  • Prerequisite courses taken at other institutions must be evaluated and transfered to your Hunter transcript with the appropriate Hunter course equivalencies listed. In order to advance in the RN-to-BS course of study, all prerequisites must be completed prior to starting the second semester of the program.

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 two phases:

Applying and Transferring Credits to Hunter College

Applicants must file a CUNY Transfer Admission Application with the University Application Processing Center:

Once admitted to Hunter College, students must attend two mandatory Transfer Orientation and RN-to-BS Orientation sessions. Transfer credits will be evaluated at the Transfer Orientation to ensure accurate course transfer and registration.

Admission to Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing

Admission to the RN-to-BS program is subject to the following 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
  • Registration for Nursing Major courses are done in consultation with a Nursing Faculty Advisor
  • Nursing Classes are usually scheduled on Thursdays
  • If the student is inactive for one semester or more, the student must reapply for admission to the RN-to-BS program
  • Technical competence and computer literacy is an expectation of the program

 

Need Academic Advisement? Have Questions?
Please contact the Pre-Health Advisor, María Luisa Mendoza, at prenursingadvising@hunter.cuny.edu.

 

 

Edited as of February 18, 2016
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