Dual Admission Option

The dual admission option is for recent high school graduates who wish to enroll at Montefiore School of Nursing and are interested in earning a BSN at Mercy College. This is a 1+2+1 program that requires year one at Mercy College, years two and three at Montefiore the School of Nursing, and year four (two to three semesters) at Mercy College. Eligibility to take the RN Licensing Exam (NCLEX-RN) occurs after completion of year three at the School of Nursing. Interested applicants must apply directly to Mercy College using Major code NUDH.

For acceptance as a student in the dual admission option, the applicant must demonstrate:

  • proof of graduation from an accredited high school;
  • a final high school GPA of 85 or above;
  • successful completion (C or better) of one year high school chemistry with lab;
  • must meet Mercy College writing and math proficiency requirements;
  • personal integrity and the potential for nursing, as documented by one reference from a guidance counselor, teacher, employer or member of the clergy;
  • proof of citizenship or permanent residency in the United States;
  • acceptable legibility of handwriting; and
  • satisfactory performance on entrance exam prior to starting Mercy College courses. 
    (Retesting may be offered on a seat available basis).

Eligibility to begin the nursing curriculum in year two will be based on a minimum GPA of 2.70 achieved in year one liberal arts and sciences courses completed at Mercy College. Grades in the science courses (Anatomy & Physiology 1, Anatomy & Physiology 2, Microbiology and Nutrition) must be a B- or higher. Grades of C+ or higher are required in the liberal arts courses.

Dual admission students are eligible for the Mercy College Personal Achievement Contract (PACT) program, and students will be assigned a professional mentor who helps navigate through all aspects of college life, from financial aid to finding internships and ensuring career success.

Entrance Exam

The scores on the Entrance Exam are one of the primary factors in determining admission. Upon receipt of all admissions requirements, if required coursework is evident and GPA is 2.70 or higher, an invitation will be sent for the Kaplan Admission Test (KAT). It is strongly recommended that applicants prepare for the KAT by purchasing the Nursing School Entrance Exams: Your Guide to Getting Into Nursing School (Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam) by Kaplan.


An applicant who has been rejected may reapply to the school once. A period of one year from the time of the initial application to the time of reapplication is required. A new application must be submitted with the appropriate fee. The admission policies and procedures in effect at the time of submission will apply.

Dismissed students are eligible to reapply after two years.