Quote from princessbruna
I'm currently a junior at CUNY Hunter, and I'm applying to the BSN program. I've heard admission is really competitive, so I'm trying to consider alternate options in case I don't get in. The problem is, most other programs seem to either be "accelerated" (for bachelor's graduates who want to be RNs), or "RN to BSN" (For RNs who want to be bachelor's graduates), and I'm neither.
If you were in my shoes, what would you do if you didn't get in? Are there other programs in the NYC area that I just don't know about? Or is there some way to become an RN without getting my Bachelor's first? Any advice would be appreciated!
IIRC the only other undergraduate BSN CUNY program is Lehman. In any case for that or others inside the CUNY system you would have to transfer to the particular college and then find out how to go about applying for the undergraduate program.
You have a few options:
Transfer to NYU or another private college as an undergraduate, then apply to their nursing program.
Graduate from Hunter with a major in another area, then apply to an ABSN program.
Remain at Hunter and apply again for admittance to the nursing program.
IIRC Hunter has revamped their nursing program and there are only 100 open slots split 50/50 between undergraduate (generic) and the ABSN. Either way you look at it there are only fifty seats open so competitive does not even come close IMHO.
Before making any decisions you should look at how much financial aid you've used while at Hunter and what is left that you are eligible for outside of loans. Once you obtain a four year degree generally Pell grants are off limits. OTOH you cannot spend years on "hold" applying for entry into HB either.