Can I get the prereqs needed for nursing at Hunter College + only take night classes?

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    Hi everyone,

    I graduated from undergrad with a BA in Sociology in 2011 and based on my experiences over the past year I have decided that I want to go into nursing. However, I need to take all of the required science classes before going back to school full time for nursing. I am currently living and working full time in NYC and want to know if anyone has successfully gotten all the prereqs part-time at Hunter College (or another CUNY school). I need to know if it is possible to work full time and take all the needed classes at night or on the weekends. Please let me know if you think I can successfully get a post bacc at Hunter while working full time! I would love to hear what others in similar situations have done. All advice is welcome!

    Thanks!

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    Hi Lucy,
    Would you consider online courses? I have completed the prerequisites online at SUNY Cayuga Community College. I only have Developmental Psychology left to complete this Fall. I work full time and since October 2011, I have completed 18 credits including AP1/2 and Micro. They have options for 3,6,10, and 16 week courses. The cost is only $150/credit.
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    Hi, did they accept your credits/ tranferred without any problems?

    Quote from Mcflea
    Hi Lucy,
    Would you consider online courses? I have completed the prerequisites online at SUNY Cayuga Community College. I only have Developmental Psychology left to complete this Fall. I work full time and since October 2011, I have completed 18 credits including AP1/2 and Micro. They have options for 3,6,10, and 16 week courses. The cost is only $150/credit.
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    You can...theoretically. I tried, but I ended up permitting several classes and took them at other CUNY schools. Hunter has things set up in a way that during certain semesters, certain classes are ONLY offered during the day so you may have to wait an additional semester to take them. The good news is that some classes offered weekend sections for labs, but I ended up permitting A&P1 and Micro because the times offered conflicted with my 9-5 work schedule.

    Also keep in mind that the number of people taking prereqs at Hunter is huge--most of the classes will be lecture hall classes and if you're not a full time student in advanced standing OR if you're second degree you may be shut out of classes and have to beg your way in via overtally. I had to do this practically every single semester so it took me YEARS to get through them all.

    The good part is Hunter is very affordable, but unfortunately the price comes with some headaches and bureaucratic red tape. Good luck!
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    Hi -

    I tried taking some courses as Hunter, but the issues I came across were:
    1-The don't (or at least weren't) offering science classes in the evening.
    2-Even day-time science classes are almost impossible to get into if you're a non-degree student.

    I ended up taking Developmental Psych and an English course there, but then I took all of my science pre-reqs (chemistry, A&P I&2, Microbiology) at Borough of Manhattan Community College. I would definitely recommend going to BMCC or another similar 2-year CUNY school that is more accomodating to non-matriculated students who are working fulltime. They offer science courses in the evenings and on weekends. Also, the courses are generally small--no more than 25 students, and I had good experiences with professors over all, with a couple of exceptions. It can still be a bit competitive to get in to classes, but much less so than Hunter where it's nearly impossible unless you're pursuing a degree. I only ever took 1 science course at a time while working fulltime, and found this to be manageable.
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    Quote from ALM44
    Hi -

    I tried taking some courses as Hunter, but the issues I came across were:
    1-The don't (or at least weren't) offering science classes in the evening.
    2-Even day-time science classes are almost impossible to get into if you're a non-degree student.

    I ended up taking Developmental Psych and an English course there, but then I took all of my science pre-reqs (chemistry, A&P I&2, Microbiology) at Borough of Manhattan Community College. I would definitely recommend going to BMCC or another similar 2-year CUNY school that is more accomodating to non-matriculated students who are working fulltime. They offer science courses in the evenings and on weekends. Also, the courses are generally small--no more than 25 students, and I had good experiences with professors over all, with a couple of exceptions. It can still be a bit competitive to get in to classes, but much less so than Hunter where it's nearly impossible unless you're pursuing a degree. I only ever took 1 science course at a time while working fulltime, and found this to be manageable.

    I've heard Hunter nursing students recommend taking the science courses at BMCC because the classes are slightly less challenging and you're more likely to get a strong grade. I wish I had done that for micro and org chem!


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