Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing

Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing
Type Public
Established 1873
Parent institution
Hunter College
Dean Gail C. McCain PhD, RN, FAAN
Academic staff
Students 963
Location , ,

The Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing (HBSON) is the nursing school of Hunter College, a public university that is a constituent organization of the City University of New York (CUNY). It is located on the Brookdale Campus, at East 25th Street and 1st Avenue in Kips Bay, near Bellevue Hospital. The school is the flagship nursing program for CUNY.[1]


The nation's first nursing school based on Florence Nightingale's principles, the Training School for Nurses, opened at Bellevue in 1873. Sister Helen Bowdin of the All Saints Sisterhood in London was the first Superintendent.

In 1952, the administration of the Bellevue Schools of Nursing and the Bellevue Hospital Nursing Service was split for the first time with Associate Directors. In 1954, the school moved to the new building that is Hunter-Bellevue's current location and enrolled in the National Student Nurses' Association.

In 1967, an agreement with Hunter College was reached to transfer the Bellevue facilities to Hunter. In 1969, the final students in the diploma program were graduated.[2]

Hunter began educating nurses in 1943[3] and admitted the first enrollees in the Basic Collegiate Nursing Program leading to a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) degree in 1955 and to the graduate program leading to a Master of Science (Nursing) in 1961.

The Hunter College Department of Nursing then expanded and moved to the facilities of the Bellevue Hospital School of Nursing in 1969 as the latter program was absorbed by Hunter Department of Nursing.[3] From June 1974 until it became independent again in 2008, Hunter-Bellevue Nursing School was part of the Division of the Schools of the Health Professions of Hunter College.[4]

In September 2012, plans were announced for a new campus for HBSON at 525 East 73rd Street in Manhattan near the main Hunter campus.[5]

Academic programs

Undergraduate programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  • Generic
  • RN to BSN
  • Accelerated Second-Degree

Graduate programs

The Master of Science in Nursing degree is offered in the following areas:

Post-Master's Certificates

  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Advanced Certificate Program
  • Advanced Certificate in Nursing Education

Doctorate in Nursing

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is offered in the following areas:


The Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing baccalaureate, master's, post-graduate certificate, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).[6]


The Alpha Phi Chapter at Hunter-Bellevue is the 43rd chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International honor society of nursing, chartered in 1970.[8]

The Hunter Student Nurses' Association is a chapter of the Nursing Students’ Association of New York which is a member of the National Student Nurses' Association.


The graduate nursing program was ranked #61 for 2015 by the U.S. News Best Grad School Rankings.[9]

In 2014, the passing rate for Hunter-Bellevue graduates taking the NCLEX RN was 103 of 123 or 83.7%.[10]


  1. ^ "Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing — Hunter College". Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Bellevue School of Nursing - Lillian & Clarence de la Chapelle Medical Archives". Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing - Hunter College - Acalog ACMS™". Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Wayback Machine" (PDF). 6 November 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 November 2011. {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)
  5. ^ "". Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing — Hunter College". Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Prospective Students — Hunter College". Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Sigma Theta Tau — Hunter College". Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Rankings". Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2019-06-24.
  10. ^ "NYS Nursing:Nursing Programs:RN NCLEX Results: 2013-2017". Retrieved 28 November 2016.

Coordinates: 40°44′17″N 73°58′35″W / 40.73809°N 73.97652°W / 40.73809; -73.97652

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