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Admission to the Nursing Program



Prospective nursing students must be admitted to BMCC as well as to the Nursing program. The department has a limit on the number of matriculants allowed in the Nursing program each year.

Please be advised that the Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Nursing Program receives far more applications than there are available seats. Consequently, not all eligible students are admitted to the program. The college does not guarantee entry into the nursing program. Some students have found it necessary to apply two or three times before being admitted to the nursing program.

The BMCC Testing Office offers free prep classes to help students preparare for the CUNY tests in reading and writing and mathermatics.

Prospective students must meet the following criteria:

  • Pass the CAT-W test in reading and writing and the CUNY Test in mathematics.
  • Complete the four required pre-requisite courses with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50; the lowest acceptable grade in a required pre-requisite course is “C”. The department has a limit on the number of matriculants allowed into the nursing program. While a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 in the required pre-requisite courses and an overall Grade Point Average are the minimum requirements for consideration of an application, these do not guarantee admission into the nursing program.
  • The Department accepts CUNY’S policy in reference to the “F” and “C-” grade (policy adopted 9/1/90) for non-nursing courses. The “F” and “C-’’ policy does not apply to Nursing courses and the four required pre-requisite courses (ENG 101, PSY 100, MAT 104, and BIO 425). Source: CUNY “F” Policy (Revised 9/19/94). Effective Spring 1995.
  • Attain an over-all College Cumulative Average of 2.50 minimum. The average includes grades for all courses applicable to the Nursing Curriculum taken at or transferred into BMCC BEFORE ADMISSION into the Nursing Program.
  • Attain a successful score on the Kaplan Admission Test (KAT)* taken at the College. The Kaplan Admission Test (KAT) scores from other nursing schools will not be accepted. This examination may be taken for a maximum of two times but NOT in the same semester.

    * To be eligible to take the Kaplan Admission Test (KAT) and advance into the nursing program students must provide documentation for one of the following categories:
    1) U.S. Citizenship
    2) Permanent U.S. 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

    Please note that the CUNY Citizenship and Immigration Project will provide free counseling and assistance to all CUNY students who need help with their immigration status.

While a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 in the required pre-requisite courses and an overall Grade point Average of 2.5 are the minimum requirements for consideration of an application, these do not guarantee admission into the Nursing Program. The stronger the group of applicants in any given semester, the higher GPA in the required pre-requisite courses and overall GPA are needed for admission.

The Department accepts CUNY's policy in reference to the "F" and "C-" grade (policy adopted 9/1/90) for non-nursing courses. The "F" and "C-" policy does not apply to Nursing courses and the four required pre-requisite courses (ENG 101, PSY 100, MAT 104 and BIO 425). Source: CUNY "F" grade policy (revised 9/1/94). Effective Spring 1995. Attain an overall College cumulative average of 2.5 minimum. This average includes grades for ALL courses applicable to the Nursing Curriculum taken at or transferred into BMCC BEFORE ADMISSION into the Nursing Program.

Effective spring 2016, the HESI A2 Exam will no longer be administered for admission into BMCC’s nursing program.

As of spring 2016, students interested in entering the BMCC nursing program must take the Kaplan Admission Test (KAT) at the College. Kaplan Admission Test (KAT) scores from other nursing schools will not be accepted. This examination may be taken for a maximum of two times but NOT in the same semester.

There is no fee for the Kaplan Admission Test.

It is highly recommended that students complete BIO 426 prior to taking the Kaplan Admission Test.

To reserve a seat for the Kaplan Admission Test (KAT), eligible BMCC students MUST:
Fill-out an application for the Nursing Program with the Nursing Academic Advisor during Early Academic Advisement in the Spring and the Fall semester.

For more information about Nursing Program policies, see the Nursing Student Handbook

Application Deadline
The last day to apply for the nursing program for spring 2018 and register for the Kaplan Admission Test is November 21, 2017.

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