I have been accepted to NYU nursing's accelerated second degree program starting in fall 2011. I know I want to get an MSN as well as BSN, and ideally would like to participate in a combined degree program. NYU offers a combined degree program, however, they do not offer an NNP program, which is the program I know I want to pursue. Columbia's ETP program (which is a combined degree program) does offer NNP. Unlike most NNP programs, Columbia does not require two years of employment in a NICU before you can begin their MS coursework, i.e. you can go straight through from BS to MS. Unfortunately, I need to make a decision on NYU in the next couple of weeks, and Columbia's ETP application is not due until the fall (summer start date). I know I want to be in New York. Does anyone know anything about whether it is advantageous to hold out for BS at Columbia rather than at NYU in terms of eventual acceptance to/participation in Columbia's MS? Columbia's program is my top choice, but is it worth the gamble? I am graduating from Dartmouth in June, have strong reccs, an above 3.5 cumulative GPA, higher in my major/concentration, GRE: 660 verbal 760 math. Anyone have any words of wisdom in terms of going straight through rather than working for a little before beginning MS? I have received advice from PhDs and NPs who have been in the game for many years to go straight through with my education, all the way to PhD without taking time to work, but I have also spoken with RNs and NPs who told me taking time off from my education to work is beneficial because hospital politics dictate that RNs resent NPs who have never worked as an RN. Would it not hurt me to do NYU for BSN, then apply to Columbia for MSN, and work a little during the gap? I would love any advice and/or opinions!