Finding a NYC nursing school

  1. Hello,

    If you had to choose between these nursing schools in the NY area, which would you choose? Also, do hospitals take nurses from most schools or do they tend to choose from the big name institutions like NYU or Columbia?

    I already have a degree so I would be transferring into a two year or accelerated BSN program. I'm considering Adelphi, College of Mount St. Vincent, or Downstate. Are there any other schools I should consider or are these the best bang for the buck?

    I just completed my first semester at a private institution in the city and I had to take out a $40,000. loan to cover tuition and living expenses for one year. I really liked the school I was attending but I do not want to graduate and have over $85,000. in loans to pay off.

    Your thoughts and comments would be greatly appreciated.

    Sal
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   xomandalized
    Downstate is def. the best way to go!
  4. by   Salsava
    Thank you. I want to start in the Spring so I will go visit one of their open houses.

    Do you go to Downstate?

    Sal
  5. by   LadyT618
    I chose by word of mouth and reputation. I went to Long Island College Hospital School of Nursing (LICHSON). I had a pretty good experience. You may want to try out their sister school Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing (PBISON). Unless you are looking for a BSN program, then I would probably recommend Hunter. NYU and Columbia are a bit steep in price. If you have the pre-reqs already, it'll probably cost you about $25K for the 2 years at LICH or PBISON.
  6. by   xomandalized
    Hunter isn't a bad choice either.
  7. by   Salsava
    Thanks for the insight.

    I definitely do not want to graduate and have most of my money go to loans. I do have most of my prereqs done with the exception of nutrition. I may have to do over A&P 1 b/c I got a C and many schools are asking for a C+. I hate that I may have to do that over.

    Anyways, it will work out. I will let you know what happens.

    Cheers

    Sava
  8. by   UWSRN
    I would go to Hunter... it's relatively cheap, has a decent reputation and relationship with a good number of the big hospitals in NYC.
  9. by   HeatherRN2006
    Quote from Salsava
    Hello,

    If you had to choose between these nursing schools in the NY area, which would you choose? Also, do hospitals take nurses from most schools or do they tend to choose from the big name institutions like NYU or Columbia?

    I already have a degree so I would be transferring into a two year or accelerated BSN program. I'm considering Adelphi, College of Mount St. Vincent, or Downstate. Are there any other schools I should consider or are these the best bang for the buck?

    I just completed my first semester at a private institution in the city and I had to take out a $40,000. loan to cover tuition and living expenses for one year. I really liked the school I was attending but I do not want to graduate and have over $85,000. in loans to pay off.

    Your thoughts and comments would be greatly appreciated.

    Sal
    the best advice i got was the start off at a community college than transfer - advice i never took. i went to pace university. very good school with preceptorships in senior year. lots of autonomy. costs a lot also - i think with financial aid ill have about 60,000 in debt overall for the 4 years that i was there.
  10. by   RNsoon!
    Adelphi has a pretty good rep and I think it's inexpensive compared to the other top schools you mentioned (N YU , Columbia). I here that Touro college just opened a Nursing program in Brooklyn( ADN), but you must take a entrance exam.Beth Israel ( NLN must be taken aswell), and Long ISland university have pretty good nursing programs.Downstate aslo has a good rep.Nurses don't have a problem when it comes to finding jobs.It doesn't really matter what school you graduated from.You shouldn't have a problem getting employed.As long as you pass the board exam, you'll be fine. Another point I want to make is that you can have two students, one who studied at an Ivy league school and another who studied at a community college,and find out that the one who studied at a community college turned out to be a more competent nurse than the other student.The employers are well aware of such situations.

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