Oct 24, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014 
Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing Accelerated 2nd Degree Pathway

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This program is designed for students who already have a baccalaureate degree in another field and wish to transition into a career in nursing. The program is intensive; students may receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in as little as 18 months provided they have met all general education requirements and met all prerequisite requirements. The amount of time required for 2nd degree students to complete the program depends on such factors as the number of applicable transfer credits they have and the number of courses they take each semester. Accelerated 2nd Degree Pathway students cannot earn the degree in the evening. The Accelerated 2nd Degree Pathway is a full-time, daytime program.

Requirements for Admission

In order to be considered for admission into the Accelerated 2nd Degree Pathway Program, applicants must meet eligibility requirements and admission criteria. All students applying to the Accelerated 2nd Degree Nursing Pathway must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum grade of “B” in all science courses by June 1 preceding their entrance into the program for the fall semester. Students who do not meet GPA and degree requirements are not eligible to take the National League for Nursing Pre-admission-RN Examination and are not eligible to apply for admission into the program.

Students applying may take their last two prerequisite courses during the spring semester of the admission process. Prerequisite courses cannot be taken on a credit/no credit (CR/NC) basis. Students may not take prerequisite courses during the summer immediately preceding the fall entry into the program. Proof of successful completion of courses taken in the spring must be received by the School of Nursing by June 1; otherwise the student will be ineligible to register as a nursing major at Hunter College. Since decisions are made before the spring term is completed, applicants with grades pending will be conditionally accepted until receipt of final grades.

Acceptance of the student into the major is based on the following admission criteria: composite admission score (GPA plus score on NLN Pre-Admission-RN Examination) and completion of all admission requirements. The composite score of all students applying for admission at the same time will be rank ordered from the highest to the lowest. Students will be accepted for admission based on this ranked composite score and the completion of all other admission requirements.

Transfer Credits

  • Up to 90 credits from an accredited institution of higher learning may be transferred to Hunter College to count towards degree requirements (see following non-nursing requirements).
  • All students in the Accelerated Second-Degree Pathway program can receive up to 90 transfer credits from their previous BA/BS degree to count towards the 120 credits needed to graduate to receive the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

Non-Nursing Program Requirements

Flexible Core (18 credits)

World Culture


3 cr.

US Experience in its Diversity

HIST 15100  or HIST 15200  or POLSC 11000  **

3 cr.

Creative Expression


3 cr.

Individual & Society

PSYCH 10000 


3 cr.

3 cr.

Scientific World

BIOL 23000 

3 cr.

 * Students entering Hunter with a BA or BS degree are required to complete the new Hunter Core, the Pluralism and Diversity requirement, and one writing intensive course. Any course for which equivalency is granted does not need to be repeated. Some courses already taken may be used to satisfy the new Hunter Core requirements. Pre-requisites: A course in Nutrition and a course in Genetics. Co-requisites: The new Hunter Core requirements must be completed during the Accelerated 2nd Degree Pathway Program.

** Major courses taken prior to clinical nursing courses that are applicable to New Hunter Core@ Gateway course into major

Requirements for the Degree:

69 non-nursing and 51 nursing credits