I am planning to apply to an accelerated BSN-to-MSN program (I did not major in nursing as an undergraduate). The prerequisites that I still need to take are anatomy and microbiology. I live in NYC and work full-time. Would you recommend taking these courses online or at a community college? Which schools/online programs do you recommend in NY?
Oct 25, '11
I would NOT recommend taking any lab science course online. Before enrolling in an online science course, I would ask the programs I am interested in applying to if they will accept the course.
I currently live in the NY metro area and took my prerequisite course work at a community college. The community colleges offer these courses in the evenings and on weekends to accommodate students who are working full time during the working week. I took Anatomy and Physiology I on the weekend Spring 2011 which consisted of a three hour lecture on Saturday and three hour lab on Sunday. My weekend was devoured by A &P I.
I know that Microbiology can be a particularly difficult class to enroll in due to space constraints. If you are persistent, you will be able to get a seat.
I also would not recommend taking more than one lab class and working full time unless you are in a mad rush to finish prerequisite and don't mind punishing yourself.
Community colleges are the way to go for prerequisite course work. The schedules are convenient and the classes are inexpensive compared to private schools. I saved my money for the actual nursing program rather than the generic prerequisites.
Finally, most programs permit submission of application prior to completion of all prerequisite courses provided all courses are finished prior to matriculation in the program. The more prerequisites completed at the time of application with A's, especially the sciences, the more competitive your application.
Any more questions, please ask! I just completed my application and acceptance process.
Oct 25, '11
Thank you for your advice! Which community college did you take classes at? Does anyone have recommendations for community colleges in Manhattan (especially on the west side) where I can take my prereqs in the evenings?
Oct 25, '11
I know about Westchester Community College and Rockland Community College. I took all of my prerequisites at WCC and now one online Pathophysiology course from a community college in Kansas. I know there are plenty of CCs in NYC and Long Island. Try to take classes at your local CC-it's cheaper. I don't know how the city system works...sorry. Check out their websites and call the school. Most schools post their class schedule online. Hopefully, you can take a class in the Spring. I suspect Microbiology may be difficult to get into.
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