Nursing Programs New York-Metro Area

  1. Hi-
    I have been trying to get into an Accelerated BS Nursing degree program through SUNY for 3 years now. I did not get into the Stony Brook Program and am currently on an alternate list for Downstate Medical Center. I have a SUNY undergrad degree (BA Art History) and after much research and advice decided that building on my first degree to achieve a BS in Nursing was my best option to enter the nursing field. Unfortunately, these SUNY programs only have about 40 seats each and are only offered once per year. I have over a 3.0 average undergrad, a 4.0 in my pre-req's and volunteer at a Peds ER unit once per week. I'm not sure what else I can do to be accepted. I cannot afford a private school. At this point I just want to start my education and get to work, but I am frustrated and not sure what to do next. I have heard the CUNY and SUNY Associates programs have up to 2 year waiting lists (though I have not looked into this first-hand). I do want to obtain an advanced degree and don't want to have to wait another year or two to start. Does anyone have any advice? Should I move to another state???? Thank you very much.
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   antares
    If you're interested in a two year program and don't mind moving upstate, Plattsburgh has a program. When I was applying, they told me that they don't get that many applications so it's much easier to get into than Stony Brook. They said that most transfers apply at the end of May when they know that they don't want to go back to their old schools.

    Binghamton and Buffalo also have accelerated programs. I'll start at Binghamton in the fall if I don't get in at Stony Brook or Downstate. I am on the alternate's list at Downstate too.

    The schools are getting a lot of applications though. Binghamton sent me an email that said they received 830 applcations all together for their undergraduate programs but only had 100 seats. I was lucky. I applied at plattsburgh just in case and got in.

    Good luck. Hope this helps.
  4. by   vicb74
    Thank you. I'd rather not have to go that far upstate, but it may be my only option. Good luck to you, too!
  5. by   1styear
    I go to Nassau community college and we don't have a waiting list, there is no list for our program ever. It's a two year program and not too far from where you were looking(stonybrook)
  6. by   vicb74
    I took some of my pre-req's at Nassau. I'll look into it. Thank you!
  7. by   bmeza
    How did things turn out? Will you be going to Binghamton? I was accepted to the Accelerated BSN program. I'm on the alternate list for Oregon Health Sciences and that program starts in a month.....so, looks like I'm moving from Portland to Binghamton! Do you know anything about the town. Internet searches only seem to yield negative comments, but it can't be all bad???!!!?
    Quote from antares
    If you're interested in a two year program and don't mind moving upstate, Plattsburgh has a program. When I was applying, they told me that they don't get that many applications so it's much easier to get into than Stony Brook. They said that most transfers apply at the end of May when they know that they don't want to go back to their old schools.

    Binghamton and Buffalo also have accelerated programs. I'll start at Binghamton in the fall if I don't get in at Stony Brook or Downstate. I am on the alternate's list at Downstate too.

    The schools are getting a lot of applications though. Binghamton sent me an email that said they received 830 applcations all together for their undergraduate programs but only had 100 seats. I was lucky. I applied at plattsburgh just in case and got in.

    Good luck. Hope this helps.
  8. by   antares
    Quote from bmeza
    How did things turn out? Will you be going to Binghamton? I was accepted to the Accelerated BSN program. I'm on the alternate list for Oregon Health Sciences and that program starts in a month.....so, looks like I'm moving from Portland to Binghamton! Do you know anything about the town. Internet searches only seem to yield negative comments, but it can't be all bad???!!!?
    Congratulations, Binghamton is a great school. I was accepted to Stony Brook's two-year program after having been on the Alternate list; I was turned down for their accelerated program. Other than health forms and insurance info, I haven't received any updates from Downstate. It looks like I'll be going to Bing after all.

    I know that the school has a great reputation in NYS but I don't know anything about the town. Some of my friends have been there for parties and had good things to say about the atmosphere. Hope that helps. Are you going to the orientation on June 18-19? Will you be living on campus or off?
  9. by   bmeza
    Thanks, I'm getting excited about the move. Big change. I won't be out there until mid August. I think there is a last minute orientation before school starts. I'm coming out with my husband and we rented an apartment already. Close to school near Floral Ave. If you go to orientation any info you have to pass on would be very appreciated. I feel a little out of the loop from Oregon. Are you doing the accelerated program at Binghamton? Or the two year?
    Quote from antares
    Congratulations, Binghamton is a great school. I was accepted to Stony Brook's two-year program after having been on the Alternate list; I was turned down for their accelerated program. Other than health forms and insurance info, I haven't received any updates from Downstate. It looks like I'll be going to Bing after all.

    I know that the school has a great reputation in NYS but I don't know anything about the town. Some of my friends have been there for parties and had good things to say about the atmosphere. Hope that helps. Are you going to the orientation on June 18-19? Will you be living on campus or off?
  10. by   antares
    Quote from bmeza
    Thanks, I'm getting excited about the move. Big change. I won't be out there until mid August. I think there is a last minute orientation before school starts. I'm coming out with my husband and we rented an apartment already. Close to school near Floral Ave. If you go to orientation any info you have to pass on would be very appreciated. I feel a little out of the loop from Oregon. Are you doing the accelerated program at Binghamton? Or the two year?
    Wow, you're really prepared. I'm going to the two-day orientation in June. I'll let you know how it goes. I'll be in the accelerated program.]

    Wendy
  11. by   vermonster
    Hey all! It is great to see other people who will be in the Binghamton Accelerated Program. I have been somewhat sad but full of anticipation as I finish my last year of teaching to start the program in the fall. I will be moving from Burlington, Vermont. If anyone has any tips for apartments-please let me know. I spoke to someone from a community close to school but the apartment was really small, so I am looking still.

    I have only been to Binghamton twice-it will be very different from where I currently live but I think that the program is so intense I might not notice it too much. Please feel free to PM with any tips you might have about apartments or the program or whatever.

    Katie
  12. by   vermonster
    Quote from vicb74
    Thank you. I'd rather not have to go that far upstate, but it may be my only option. Good luck to you, too!

    I also checked out the Plattsburg SUNY option because the University of Vermont wanted essentially 3 years because they only take their own Anatomy and Physiology and other very specific requirements. So..since Plattsburg is just across Lake Champlain I went to check it out last September. It definitely has the image of being the ugly stepsister to Burlington, Vermont BUT I was really surprised and liked the campus a lot. The nursing department was in a very cool older building. If I had not been able to do an accelerated program then I most likely would have taken the ferry to go to Plattsburg.

    Vermonster
  13. by   bmeza
    Was it at the Hayes apts? I checked there because it was so close to campus, but I was trying to imagine what 400 sq ft was really like. Sounded tiny and I moved on down the list. I was kind of suprised when I called some apartments and they were already rented for Fall quarter. It seems students rent them starting in June whether they will be in town or not. I just started going through the list at the Off Campus College office http://occ.binghamton.edu/. They have a great website. You can also see some apt pics on this site...http://www.buoffcampus.com/ although many of these were already taken when I was calling around. We ended up closer to Johnson City off of Floral. Good luck!

    It is great to see other people who will be in the Binghamton Accelerated Program. I have been somewhat sad but full of anticipation as I finish my last year of teaching to start the program in the fall. I will be moving from Burlington, Vermont. If anyone has any tips for apartments-please let me know. I spoke to someone from a community close to school but the apartment was really small, so I am looking still.

    I have only been to Binghamton twice-it will be very different from where I currently live but I think that the program is so intense I might not notice it too much. Please feel free to PM with any tips you might have about apartments or the program or whatever.

    Katie[/QUOTE]
  14. by   stuffbubby541
    hi i am new to the boards....i really enjoyed reading many interesting situations. (mine is a long story....so here goes)

    i am currently in a master's degree program for education. i feel good about my choice of career...received a scholarship...4.0gpa. have to take 4 state exams....last/atws/cst (2)....pass with a 220 for each exam.

    i've always wanted to be a nurse. i graduated from julia richman with a nursing diploma in 1976...took the nclex -pn, failed and did not have the courage to try to take the exam again....i went into the secretarial field....got my associate's degree, then got my bachelor's degree in psy from coll. of nr. i recently was laid off from my job....returned to school to obtain my master's degree to teach in the nyc school system. i'm troubled, because i feel like a came into the field at a crucial point where the system is crazy.

    anyway, as a back up...my husband said, that i was born to be a nurse..i should pursue programs. this week, i went i went to bronx community college....lpn program....i did not feel like i got the appropiate information. then on to bmcc, (back in 1986, i attended bmcc did some credits there and did not return)...i feel like i have a good chance of entering the program....is there a waiting list? i'm interested in the lpn evening/weekend program

    then i went to hostos....seems like there is a waiting list...i have to take nln, ati, essay exam just to get into the lpn certification program.....then it's not guaranteed that i get into the program.

    wanted to check out westchester cc's program...lpn certification....next admission is january

    i really do not care if i get a degree...it's the time frame that i want to cut down on...i want to enter an 18 month program......

    i'm 45 years old....i don't want to waste any time....but i too feel like i should have been a nurse........

    if any of you "to be" nurses or any current nurses are out there...please respond....i'm at a cross roads...i feel misdirected....but i'm willing to do the work...and my family is there for me.....

    thanks everyone...hope to hear from anyone soon!

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