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CUNY Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing Program Review

CUNY Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing Program Review

The Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing is a flagship nursing school of the City University of New York (CUNY) which offers various undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. These programs combine professional education and liberal arts with a comprehensive and humanistic approach to health care, leading a degree in nursing. The undergraduate programs of the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing provide a solid foundation for graduate study, particularly in Masters and Doctoral levels. Students who completed any of the programs will graduate with competence and preparedness to take the licensing exam and work as Registered Nurses in various healthcare facilities throughout the New York City metropolitan area.

Undergraduate Programs: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)/Generic Program

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is a generic program that runs for four years and is designed for students to obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Upon completing the program, students become eligible for the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), which is the licensing examination for Registered Nurses.

The traditional BSN program is divided into two parts. During the first year of the program, students have to go through general education and pre-requisite courses which are in liberal arts and sciences background. In the second year of the BSN course until their fourth year of study, students take professional nursing courses. The traditional BSN program of the Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing requires a full-time commitment.

Admission Requirements

Students will only gain admission to the nursing program once they completed the prerequisite coursework which will take place in the spring semester of their first year. They have to be admitted first at Hunter College (lower division) as a transfer student or an undergraduate freshman. They also need to earn a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher by the end of the fall semester before the nursing application. Grades in some prerequisite courses like Science and Math must also have a minimum grade of B or higher. Nevertheless, transfer students who wish to gain entry to the School of Nursing must have their prerequisite courses evaluated and transferred to Hunter College transcript with appropriate course equivalencies.

RN to BS Nursing Program

The RN to BS Nursing program is designed specifically for Registered Nurses having an Associate Degree in Nursing and a New York state RN license, who want to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. It can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis, depending on the student’s availability. The RN to BSN program is available online except for the NURS 480 coursework which is a “Promotion of Wellness in the Community.” This is because the NURS 480 has a clinical practice requirement in a community agency of New York City. Moreover, non-nursing courses are held at the 68th Street Hunter campus and will be delivered in a hybrid format, face to face, and online.

Admission Requirements

Students who have earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited college or university are welcome to apply in the RN to BSN program. They have to complete first the prerequisite courses in liberal arts and sciences to be qualified for a baccalaureate degree at Hunter College. These courses must be completed before the second semester of the RN to BSN program.

Applicants of the program must have finished a minimum of 36 credits of the prerequisite course, with a GPA of 3.25 or higher. They have to provide a copy of their RN license in New York State together with a CPR certification, health insurance, and liability insurance. Individuals who have an Associate Degree in Nursing from a non-accredited college or university are still welcome to apply, but they have to take the Regents College Examinations (RCEs).

Accelerated Second-Degree Nursing Program

The Accelerated Second-Degree in Nursing program is offered to students with a bachelor’s degree from a non-nursing field who are interested in obtaining a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The program has 51 credits and is based on the traditional BSN course, but learners can complete the entire program for 18 months of full-time study. Once completed, graduates will be eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Admission Requirements

Applicants of the Accelerated Second-Degree Nursing program should have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a successful completion of prerequisite courses in liberal arts and sciences. They should also have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher and a minimum of B or greater in all prerequisite courses.

Graduate Programs: Master of Science in Nursing (MS)

Registered Nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree can advance their education and pursue graduate programs in Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) can be taken in various specializations namely Gerontological/Adult Nurse Practitioner, Community/Public Health Nursing, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Nursing Administration or Public Administration.

Gerontological or Adult Nurse Practitioner (MS)

The Master of Science in Nursing – Gerontological or Adult Nurse Practitioner is a 42-credit program that prepares its graduates in providing primary care to adults and seniors in the community and various healthcare settings. Students will learn to use expert knowledge and research investigations through the coursework and 735 hours of guided clinical experience. Once they complete the program, they will be eligible for the New York State NP certification, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program, and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Clinical Experience

Students are required to complete 735 hours of clinical experience with supervision from a preceptor. Before the start of the clinical preceptorship, they have to submit documentation for health clearance including drug screening and criminal background check.

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MS)

The Master of Science in Nursing – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is a 48-credit program that prepares the students for roles in advanced practice Registered Nurses in psychiatric and mental health services. Psychiatric or psychological heal nurses provide mental health treatment, consultation, preventive services, and leadership roles in hospitals, clinics, private practice, and community settings. Through the 630 hours of supervised clinical training and its corresponding coursework, students will be able to provide healthcare services with autonomy and in collaboration with other health professionals. Graduates of this MS program will become qualified for the New York State NP certification.

Community/Public Health Nursing (MS)

The MS – Community/Public Health Nursing is a 42-credit program that equips advanced public health nurses who are capable of assuming leadership roles in the community, particularly in various public health agencies, clinics, and community-based programs. Students will be able to advance their knowledge and research skills through its coursework and 500 hours of guided clinical experience. Graduates of the MS – Community/Public Health Nursing who have to meet the educational requirements can apply for a board certification as an Advanced Public Health Nurse through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (MS)

The Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist program which is accredited by the CCNE. This program prepares Registered Nurses in assuming roles in advanced practice nursing in various healthcare facilities from acute care to home care. The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (MS) is consist of 42 credits which also include 500 hours of clinical practicum. Students can complete the program in four years, if taken in a full-time study, or five years if taken in a part-time study.

Nursing Administration / Public Administration (MS/MPA)

The Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, as well as the Baruch College School of Public Affairs, is offering a 57-credit program that leads to the Master of Science (MS) degree in Nursing Administration / Public Administration. This kind of dual degree program allows the nurses to assume positions of leadership in different healthcare settings. It emphasizes multidisciplinary approaches to policy and management in nursing and healthcare. The MS – Nursing Administration / Public Administration also includes 500 hours of guided clinical experience.

Post-Master’s Certificate

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Advanced Certificate

The Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing is also offering a post-master’s advanced certificate program which entitles the graduates to receive 36 credits. This program is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Advanced Certificate which prepares the Registered Nurses for roles in psychiatric and mental health nursing. Students will also go through a class work and 630 hours of guided clinical experience. Once they finish the program, they will be eligible for New York State NP certification.

Doctoral Programs

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) prepares nurse practitioners in meeting the increasingly complex healthcare needs of urban populations in various medical settings. The program curriculum builds in the traditional clinical master’s program through evidence-based practice, systems leadership, and quality improvement.

The Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing is currently offering three specialization tracks in the DNP program. These specializations are Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). The Doctor of Nursing Practice is also providing a specialization in Community/Public Health Nursing (CPHN) but is not available at the moment.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is open to nurses having a baccalaureate or master’s degree in nursing. It can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis, as long as students completed 48 to 90 credits of study and 1000 hours of supervised clinical training. Graduates of this program will be able to meet the requirements for national certification in their chosen specialty area.

Ph.D. in Nursing

A Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science Program is also available at Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing through the CUNY Graduate Center. This program aims to prepare the students for a role as nurse scientists, leaders, and educators who are capable of conducting research that will improve the healthcare quality of New York City. Graduates will develop their analytical and innovative skills, which allows them to respond to the complex healthcare needs of the NYC population.