Yes, all CUNY Nursing Programs are extremely competitive, however, the information from 2005 was not accurate when posted and absolutely not accurate now. nycin123, I don't know who you spoke to, but you must be a "pre-clinical" student and not yet in the program because the courses that are difficult sometimes to get are the pre-requisite general education science KEY Courses, not nursing courses. Once you are in the program, you are automatically expected to be in all required courses.
As for the GPA, yes it is high but the numbers vary with those who apply and we don't have very much control over that. Also, it is not the GPA that gets you in, but a ranking score which you can see if you go to the website and download the Nursing Student handbook (Natural and Applied Science Department
) in PDF format about in the middle of the web page. As a matter of fact, student were admitted in the past two semesters with 3.68 GPAs because their Ranking Scores were so good.
The Nursing Program faculty are most likely some of the most student-friendly and helpful group of people in the College. We do much of our own advisement, but many students interested in Nursing, never bother to come to the office, but get verbal advice from other students or non-nursing advisors who sometimes give incorrect information.
If you are still at LaGuardia and want to really get accurate information and assistance, come to the office during office hours or send me email to make an appointment if you are unable to come during office hours presently on Wednesday, 12-3. You can also call the secretary to connect you to a faculty who might be available to assist you when you call.
Oh and by the way, we take anywhere from 65 students or more each semester (2x yearly) and then an additional 20+ students into the final year who apply to our LPN to RN Advanced Standing Pathway. Our last graduation class was 74 students and this year, we anticipate 80 or more will graduate. I think that is an excellent graduation rate. Oh yes and we have had one of the highest NCLEX pass rates of all NY over the past 5 years.
So don't always listen to disgruntled students who because they really never spoke to the appropriate parties, became very bitter. See out the appropriate information from the right sources. Always go see those who run the programs and teach the courses, then you'll get accurate information so you can make the right decision from the start.