Dec 12, 2019  
Undergraduate Catalog 2010-2011 
Undergraduate Catalog 2010-2011 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing Accelerated 2nd Degree Pathway

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This bachelor of science degree 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. The Accelerated 2nd Degree Pathway is a full-time, daytime program.  Accelerated 2nd Degree Pathway students cannot earn the degree in the evening. 

Application Eligibility and Admission Criteria: Accelerated 2nd Degree Pathway

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 upper division Accelerated 2nd Degree Nursing Pathway must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 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 (administered in February of the spring application semester-current fee $70) and are not eligible to apply for admission into the program.

Students complete all prerequisite courses (ENGL 12000  ,CHEM 10000  and CHEM 10100  (lab), CHEM 12000  and CHEM 12100  (lab)BIOL 12000  and (lab), BIOL 23000  including lab, PSYCH 10000  and PSYCH 15000 , and STAT 11300  ) with a grade of “C” or better by the end of the fall semester preceding the spring application deadline. Students applying may take the 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. Additional admission requirements may be added, and students should check the latest version of admission requirements on the School of Nursing’s website (, or the fact sheets. Failure to meet all admission criteria will require reapplication for the following year, with no guarantee of acceptance. Students should download a current Accelerated 2nd Degree Pathway Fact Sheet, which details the admission process, from the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing website. The schedule of the NLN exam dates, times and locations as well as the current Accelerated 2nd Degree Pathway Fact Sheet may be obtained from the pre-health adviser at (212) 481-4773, Hunter College Student Services or the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing Web site,

All accelerated students admitted to the program are required to submit evidence of liability insurance, health insurance, medical records with specified immunizations, and CPR certification prior to entering the first semester of the nursing major. In addition to tuition and fees, other academic year expenses for independent students include medical examination, health insurance, malpractice insurance ($100); uniforms, equipment and other miscellaneous expenses ($500); textbooks/supplies, transportation, housing, food and other personal expenses; NLN-Pre-Admission Exam-RN (current fee $70); and National Student Nurses Association annual dues ($20/year x 2yrs=$40).

Lower Division (General Education Requirements)

Transfer Credits

All students in the Accelerated Second-Degree Pathway program will receive up to 90 transfer credits from their previous BA/BS degree that will count towards the 120 credits needed to graduate to receive the Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.

Second Degree students from other colleges will have their transcripts evaluated upon admission by the Office of Admissions. Courses for which equivalency is granted need not be repeated.

Since most of the coursework will have been taken as part of the baccalaureate degree, the admissions office will evaluate the transcript and determine what still remains to be taken at the lower division.

Students entering Hunter with a BS/BA degree are required to complete the GER core, pluralism & diversity and one writing course.


Total lower division credits 66

Total Upper Division credits 50

Total minimum credits required for degree: 120

Repeating a Course

Note: Students who fail a core prerequisite course in a nursing sequence may not proceed to the next course in the sequence without repeating the failed course. In order to continue in the Nursing major, students must receive minimum grades of “C” in all required nursing courses. Students who receive a grade of “D” or lower, or who fail any segment of a clinical nursing course or lab will be allowed to repeat the course or segment only once. Students who fail a second required nursing course or clinical lab/segment will be dismissed from the nursing program. This policy applies even if a grade appeal is in progress. Students who fail the clinical portion of a course will receive an “F” for the entire course, regardless of the corresponding theory grade.

Leave of Absence Policy and Reserved Placement in a Clinical Course

A reserved placement in a clinical/field course will be held for the student for only one year from the date of the leave of absence. The School of Nursing cannot guarantee the placement for any longer period of time. It is the responsibility of the student to submit to the undergraduate pro­gram director a letter of intent, one semester prior to returning to the program and enrolling in the course (April 1 for a fall course). Students who fail to follow this procedure release the School of Nursing from reserving a clinical/field placement in a course for the student.