I graduated from BMCC in 1982.
I didn't get to go to the nice "new" campus on Chambers St next to the WTC though. The city ran out of money during construction and its completion was put on hold. It opened the Sept after I graduated. We had to have our classes in rented office space in skyscrapers and buildings all over Midtown. My English lit class was upstairs from the top-less Pussycat Lounge on 47th and Broadway. The girls would meet us coming in as they were getting off "work" in the morning and were so nice --- encouraging us to stay in school.
I know it was some time ago that I was there, but I really liked BMCCs program (especially as compared to the uppity one I got thrown out of on Staten Island).
Our professors and adjunct instructors at BMCC were also still working bedside nurses - and militant nurse activists. Throughout the program, they gave us the real deal about working in a hospital, and stressed the importance of nurses being politically aware and involved as active members in the state nurses assoc.
They also required
us to take the LPN exam as part of our final in the first year -for practice for the RN exam, which was similar in format, and to afford us additional job opportunities while in RN school. We didnt have a choice. We HAD to take the LPN exam, whether we wanted additional job opportuinites or not.
That requirement turned out to be very helpful to some of our students who then were able to work as LPNs and improve their financial situations. They might not have done that if we were not forced to take to that exam as part of our final. BMCC instructors were culturally diverse, tough, no nonsense, real bedside nurses. I liked that. It was 20 years ago so I dont know if its still like that --- if it isnt, it should be!
After graduation that May, we were also required to return to school 3 days a week from 9am - 2pm all through June for the RN license exam review. We took actual prior exams in the mornings and went over the answers and reasons for them in the afternoons. Everyday. All day. For weeks. By the time we had to take the real RN licensure exam which was given in July (over a 2-day period with pencil and paper!), we were soooo prepared that we had nothing to be afraid of.
Some of the questions on the previous exams that we had been given for practice in the review classes appeared again, word for word, on our real exam. We breezed right thru that test ----- and we had a 99% first-time pass rate.
I also liked the diverse experience we got clinically. We used many of the citys public hospitals - Harlem, Lincoln, Metropolitan, the VA, Bellvue.
BMCC is part of a task force to help stem the shortage of bedside nurses. They released a report on it last year and also included an outline of their plans for the nursing dept. You can contact BMCCs presidents office online and ask for one. I did and he sent me 10 more to pass around at work.