Accelerated Nursing BS

  1. I just learnt that I was not admitted to the Accelerated Nursing BS this year at SUNY Downstate. I'm very exhausted and stressed out. I have no contingent plan and I feel like I'm screwed. I met all minimum requirements. A min. GPA of 3.0, a Bachelor's unrelated to Nursing, 2 recommendations and necessary pre-requisites (I apologize if I'm all over the place with this one). Actually, I had to call because it's been awhile since I was told that I was getting response via mail, which never materialized. I don't know what to do. I couldn't afford any educational system outside CUNY/SUNY. I would have applied to Stonybrook, but it was way too far for me. I had everything mapped out, but that wasn't enough... If you know of any schools in the NYC area that offers the Accelerated program, please relay. I'm certain that I've researched all the schools, but maybe there's one that I didn't get a chance to look at. I've been waiting since November 2003 for what... just so exhausted!
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  3. by   AnnaN5
    Quote from jav
    I just learnt that I was not admitted to the Accelerated Nursing BS this year at SUNY Downstate. I'm very exhausted and stressed out. I have no contingent plan and I feel like I'm screwed. I met all minimum requirements. A min. GPA of 3.0, a Bachelor's unrelated to Nursing, 2 recommendations and necessary pre-requisites (I apologize if I'm all over the place with this one). Actually, I had to call because it's been awhile since I was told that I was getting response via mail, which never materialized. I don't know what to do. I couldn't afford any educational system outside CUNY/SUNY. I would have applied to Stonybrook, but it was way too far for me. I had everything mapped out, but that wasn't enough... If you know of any schools in the NYC area that offers the Accelerated program, please relay. I'm certain that I've researched all the schools, but maybe there's one that I didn't get a chance to look at. I've been waiting since November 2003 for what... just so exhausted!
    Here is a list of all accelerated BSN programs in the country: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/APList.pdf
    There are quite a few listed for New York but I am not familiary with NY so I couldn't tell you which ones are near NYC. Hope this information is helpful!
  4. by   275Main
    The thing is that the bar has been raised on theses programs and the minimum requirements are really guidelines. I would suggest that you call and ask what prevented you from getting in or waitlisted this year. Convey your interest in the program, sometimes this helps to keep your name in the heads of those making the decisions. Try again next year. Maybe also think about trying to get into the traditional program, which may take you longer (2 years as apposed to 1 year). ALso think about getting health care experience if you have none. A lot of the time it is not neccessary, but if your grades are lower than other applicants it may help to distinguish you from the crowd. Good Luck.
  5. by   jav
    That comprehensive school list was very helpful. I'm gonna check into Molloy. That maybe the closest match to my financial situation. I have a 3.4 cummulative GPA that I got 34/41 scale. I got a full 10/10 on the essay. However, I'm told that I got 4/6 with the recommendation. The counselor said that I was shy of 2 points with that one. Had I aced (6/6) the recommendation she said that I would've been on an alternate list. The scales are crazy. Plus I had to compete with people who had graduate degrees and who've experienced the healthcare arena. I left a message with the dean, after the fact so I was rambling on. Oh well, I'm not so upset anymore. I just have to move on. Thank you...
  6. by   SBUalum03
    Quote from jav
    I just learnt that I was not admitted to the Accelerated Nursing BS this year at SUNY Downstate. I'm very exhausted and stressed out. I have no contingent plan and I feel like I'm screwed. I met all minimum requirements. A min. GPA of 3.0, a Bachelor's unrelated to Nursing, 2 recommendations and necessary pre-requisites (I apologize if I'm all over the place with this one). Actually, I had to call because it's been awhile since I was told that I was getting response via mail, which never materialized. I don't know what to do. I couldn't afford any educational system outside CUNY/SUNY. I would have applied to Stonybrook, but it was way too far for me. I had everything mapped out, but that wasn't enough... If you know of any schools in the NYC area that offers the Accelerated program, please relay. I'm certain that I've researched all the schools, but maybe there's one that I didn't get a chance to look at. I've been waiting since November 2003 for what... just so exhausted!
    Hi Jav,
    Just wanted to tell you to keep your head up, "good things come to those that wait", Stony Brook is indeed far, but you should think about applying as a last alternative. The LIRR is right on campus if you have no transportation, but the down side is that it take 2 hours by train (I commuted my senior year). That train ride gives you a lot of study time . I'm not suggesting SBU b/c it's my alma matta, but it really is a good school and the Health Sciences Program is great. My friend is graduating with her Physical Therapy degree this year, and she said it was worth every penny.
    If you must work while in the program than I don't suggest SBU because of the long commute. I'm also a second degree student but I choose not to go to SBU because I have to work while going to school for my BSN.Well I don't know what else to say but good luck.
  7. by   jav
    Quote from SBUalum03
    Hi Jav,
    Just wanted to tell you to keep your head up, "good things come to those that wait", Stony Brook is indeed far, but you should think about applying as a last alternative. The LIRR is right on campus if you have no transportation, but the down side is that it take 2 hours by train (I commuted my senior year). That train ride gives you a lot of study time . I'm not suggesting SBU b/c it's my alma matta, but it really is a good school and the Health Sciences Program is great. My friend is graduating with her Physical Therapy degree this year, and she said it was worth every penny.
    If you must work while in the program than I don't suggest SBU because of the long commute. I'm also a second degree student but I choose not to go to SBU because I have to work while going to school for my BSN.Well I don't know what else to say but good luck.
    Thanks! Yeah SBU's positive reputation in the healthcare industry precedes them. Moreover, people that graduated there speak very highly of the education they received. In fact I inquired SBU's satellite campuses in Manhattan if they offered the Accelerated BSN. Unfortunately, to no avail and that the program was on-site. I knew that if I were to go to SBU I had to take public transportation. I checked how much it was and how long it took. It would be $12 one way and a 2 hour trip, which is great for studying. However, I also know that the physical stress of the travelling time (everyday) is unconducive to productive learning. I was even thinking of subletting my place and live there for the time being. We'll see... Great support system here... Nursing cares!
  8. by   success
    Quote from jav
    I just learnt that I was not admitted to the Accelerated Nursing BS this year at SUNY Downstate. I'm very exhausted and stressed out. I have no contingent plan and I feel like I'm screwed. I met all minimum requirements. A min. GPA of 3.0, a Bachelor's unrelated to Nursing, 2 recommendations and necessary pre-requisites (I apologize if I'm all over the place with this one). Actually, I had to call because it's been awhile since I was told that I was getting response via mail, which never materialized. I don't know what to do. I couldn't afford any educational system outside CUNY/SUNY. I would have applied to Stonybrook, but it was way too far for me. I had everything mapped out, but that wasn't enough... If you know of any schools in the NYC area that offers the Accelerated program, please relay. I'm certain that I've researched all the schools, but maybe there's one that I didn't get a chance to look at. I've been waiting since November 2003 for what... just so exhausted!

    Hey, I know exactly how you feel. I am in the same boat, I applied to Downstate and Stonybrook and I didn't get in. I was told that so many people apply and that they have limited seating and they usually have to turn away great candidates such as ourselves because there's just not enough space. I really can't afford a private school, but I'm so burned out with everything especially all the waiting and waiting that I'm just going to go for it and hope everything works out. I really want to just get started, i don't have the energy to wait any longer yet alone do a 2 year program when I know I could have went for the one year. Trust me I know exactly how you feel, but just try to hang in there and be strong. The list that she gave you is what I used to pick out schools, sort thru them and see what you can come up with. I even went as far as applying out of state, I got accepted to a private school in jersey and its a good program but its really expensive. So I'm in the process of figuring out what my options are, but right about now I'm really burned out and I'm so tired of having to wait and put this off.
  9. by   vicb74
    Hi-
    I feel your pain, also. It's interesting to see so many others in the same situation as me. I wasn't accepted to Stony Brook and am wait-listed for SUNY Downstate. I, too, can't afford a private school. It's frustrating and just not feasible to have to keep waiting one year to re-apply to these programs. Even the 2-year CUNY programs have enormous waiting lists. It's sad that this profession which so badly needs new nurses is missing out on some excellent candidates due to lack of space in these public school programs. I've started contacting the NYSNA and other organizations to alert them to this problem- maybe something will come up. Good luck to you all!!!
  10. by   -jt
    Below is an excerpt from NYSNAs governmental affairs page regarding bills now pending in the legislature to alleviate the problem. Our best action now would be to contact our state assemblymen & senators in Albany & ask them to support the bills & pass them into laws ASAP:

    <<<<<Increasing the Supply of Nurses

    NYSNA has promoted the introduction of a budget-related bill designed to encourage individuals to enter the nursing profession. This effort complements initiatives aimed at improving working conditions for RNs.
    NYSNA wrote the legislation that would create the Empire State Professional Nursing Scholarship Program to provide financial support to applicants who agree to deliver nursing care in an area of New York that is experiencing a nursing shortage.

    Bills, Sponsors and Status: A1202-A (Pretlow) - Assembly Ways and MeansCommittee; S2404 (LaValle) - Senate Health Committee; A6235 (Scozzafava) - Assembly Health Committee

    There is an impending shortage of registered nurses. By 2005 there will be shortage of 12,640 RNs to meet the expected health care needs of New Yorkers. In 2002, New York nursing schools turned away 1000 qualified applicants. The primary reason cited was lack of faculty. NYSNA estimates the need for 3,654 additional nurse faculty by 2005.

    Nursing students need support. HCRA: “public goods pools” must support nursing students. Graduate medical students are supported by public funds amounting to more than $190,000 per student. There is NO public funding for nursing students.
    CSTEP and STEP: support is needed to ensure that students are prepared to enter and succeed in the sciences. Theses programs are particularly important because they promote diversity in nursing.
    Tuition Assistance: support is needed to ensure that students are able to continue matriculation in nursing programs. Disruption in education due to financial constraints will further erode the supply of nursing school graduates needed to replace retiring nurses.

    NYSNA Practice and Governmental Affairs
    Nursing Shortage Facts/Budget Issues >>>>>>>>
    http://www.NYSNA.org
  11. by   woodsyny
    Quote from jav
    That comprehensive school list was very helpful. I'm gonna check into Molloy. That maybe the closest match to my financial situation. I have a 3.4 cummulative GPA that I got 34/41 scale. I got a full 10/10 on the essay. However, I'm told that I got 4/6 with the recommendation. The counselor said that I was shy of 2 points with that one. Had I aced (6/6) the recommendation she said that I would've been on an alternate list. The scales are crazy. Plus I had to compete with people who had graduate degrees and who've experienced the healthcare arena. I left a message with the dean, after the fact so I was rambling on. Oh well, I'm not so upset anymore. I just have to move on. Thank you...
    Jay

    Try canyon college, It is an online r.n. to bsn program and VERy affordable. I am finnishing my BSN through them! The are accredited.
  12. by   SharonNYer
    I feel your pain...I applied to Stony Brook well before the Jan. 31 deadline with lots of confidence...I was well above the minumum GPA, had 4 great letters of recommendation, and by current BS is in Biology/Chemistry. I was very confident that I would be accepted and started planning myt life around it. But I was turned down...it was ssooo depressing. Luckily, I applied to Adelphi University as a back-up and they accepted me. They have an accelerated BS program, but their tuition is much higher since they are a private school (around $20,000/yr). I will only be able to go if I get adequate financial aid, and I am worried that since this is my second Bachelor's degree that I won't get much aid. Anyone out there know much about financial aid?

    :-)

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