I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and now work in an investment bank. Dissatisfied with the work that I currently do, I am deciding to pursue a career in nursing, primarily because of the meaningfulness of the work I could potentially do by helping others and making an actual difference.
My problem is that I'm not sure where to start. I live in NYC and of course, money is an issue. I'm looking into applying for an Accelerated Nursing Program, but many of them require a list of prereqs to be completed. I studied business in college, therefore I don't have many of the science/psychology courses that are required by all nursing programs
. Below are a list of courses I still need to complete:
Anatomy & Physiology 1 with Lab (4 credits)
Anatomy & Physiology 2 with lab (4 credits)
Microbiology with lab (4 credits)
Sociology/Anthropology (6 credits)
Psychology (6 credits)
From what it seems like, this will take approximately 1 year (2 semesters) to complete these prerequisites. I really want to get started in an Accelerated Program as soon as possible (I just graduated from college and am not getting any younger and need a steady income to support my family and to pay off prior college loans).
Any advice on how I should approach this and how I should go about completing the prerequisites (take individual online classes from different schools, enroll full time in a community college, any other suggestions?)?
Also -- what schools should I consider in NYC for the Accelerated Program?