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I am not sure if this is the appropriate forum as I am just a Pre-Nursing student my mind. Hello I am Allez and I basically wasted a lot of my life! To make a long story short I got my GED landed a nice job at the hospital I was born in, one of the best in NY. That is when my passion for nursing grew. I had a child short after he lives in another state and my hospital job with just my GED is not going to cut it if I even decide to move. My dream has always been to become an anesthesiologist some day but the years have escaped me I am now almost 30 living in NYC with just a passion. Please help Where should I start? comm college? NYU Paul Mcghee division has an adult program but I doubt it would work. I didn't even see liberal arts yet is so close to home. Any advise is appreciated. Thanks!

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pmabraham has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Hospice, Palliative Care.

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Good day, AreEnd:

Community college would probably be a great place to start. Call to those around you to find out their requirements, if they have a nursing program, etc.

Thank you.

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Definitely check out your community colleges...cheaper route. And don't forget to fill out a FAFSA to see if you qualify for any financial aide. Best of luck!

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mindofmidwifery is a ADN and specializes in ICU Stepdown.

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I commend you for following your dream! Start with community college, ease into courses, don't take too much at once, and keep your focus. Why wouldn't the adult program work?

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Where in NYC are you? There are at least 5 community colleges that offer nursing programs. I myself was about to enroll in either City Tech or Medgar Evers before I moved to PA.

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Thanks guys! I am so excited! Well I have city college which is near my Job and I have BMCC which is near my home.

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Where in NYC are you? There are at least 5 community colleges that offer nursing programs. I myself was about to enroll in either City Tech or Medgar Evers before I moved to PA.

So whats the deal with City Tech and Medgar Evers? do i have a chance? Kinda ways from home. City Tech is closer I live in little Italy close to chinatown across the BK bridge. I am a little scared of Borough of Manhattan CC. I pass by all the time and it looks like a HS. I get distracted easily.

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akulahawkRN has 5 years experience as a ADN, RN, EMT-P and specializes in Emergency Department.

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Community Colleges (aka "Junior Colleges") are a great way to ease into college life and studies. The classes usually aren't that expensive and they will usually do an assessment of what you know now so that you can be placed in the right classes to bring you up to the point where you're ready to take the prerequisite courses to get into nursing school. I'm not at all suggesting that you're not educated, rather we all have things we need to work on. Personally, I don't think being 30 is old... far from it! Don't dump your hospital job because that'll provide you a valuable "in" when you're finally done with your studies and you're a nurse.

I commend you for finding something that just has a pull for you and going after it. This won't be a quick process, but when you're done, you'll have an excellent education!

Something else I should add is that Community Colleges are also a good springboard into a 4 year University. The Community Colleges will provide you a solid track record that Universities can look at to determine that you're capable of being a student at their institution. I was "lucky" in that my SAT scores were so high that my GPA in High School didn't matter. Instead of going off to University right away, I went to a JC, learned a lot because I could take many classes that weren't necessarily program-related. Later I went to University and learned even more. I went back and got my ADN/RN because that's where I need to be. It's not my ultimate educational goal... but it's where I need to be and it's the foundation for future learning!

Choose your path, embrace it and know that it'll be worth it. Go for it!

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Community Colleges (aka "Junior Colleges") are a great way to ease into college life and studies. The classes usually aren't that expensive and they will usually do an assessment of what you know now so that you can be placed in the right classes to bring you up to the point where you're ready to take the prerequisite courses to get into nursing school. I'm not at all suggesting that you're not educated, rather we all have things we need to work on. Personally, I don't think being 30 is old... far from it! Don't dump your hospital job because that'll provide you a valuable "in" when you're finally done with your studies and you're a nurse.

I commend you for finding something that just has a pull for you and going after it. This won't be a quick process, but when you're done, you'll have an excellent education!

Something else I should add is that Community Colleges are also a good springboard into a 4 year University. The Community Colleges will provide you a solid track record that Universities can look at to determine that you're capable of being a student at their institution. I was "lucky" in that my SAT scores were so high that my GPA in High School didn't matter. Instead of going off to University right away, I went to a JC, learned a lot because I could take many classes that weren't necessarily program-related. Later I went to University and learned even more. I went back and got my ADN/RN because that's where I need to be. It's not my ultimate educational goal... but it's where I need to be and it's the foundation for future learning!

Choose your path, embrace it and know that it'll be worth it. Go for it!

That is such great advise, thank you so much. I am so scared of going back mainly the thought of me sitting down studying for hours after work and school. But my passion is so much stronger than that!

I was accepted to the adult program at NYU to be honest many people do. They have liberal arts. Its called the paul Mcghee division anyone know anything about that? maybe a little google search of their curriculum. thanks again I feel so much hope now.

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Kudos for furthering your career!

Your hospital job will really help you when you are able to get out in the field as a nurse. You already have that door wide open for you.

I say that going through a CC first is your best option for you financially as well as you have a chance to take remedial courses if you feel like you need a review of math, english, science, etc. before moving onto your pre-reqs. Choosing a CC though, before you apply, check their requirements for nursing school, and the system of how they choose their students (waiting list, lottery, point based). For instance, I really hope that I don't have to wait on the list at my school that long, and if it's a long wait, I already got schools B and C (I could go to BSN with these choices) lined up to apply to because I want to be out in the field working as a RN as soon as possible.

Oh, and academic advisors are your friends if you are lost and need help.

Good luck!

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Well first off congratulations on trying to go back to school, most people don't do that. I can't help you with colleges around new York. I personally am going to a community college to get both my adn and bsn. and then I plan to become a crna. you can probably do the same, or if you want to stop at the nurse that's fine, however since you wanted to be an anesthesiologist then the crna would be a way to go. Well whatever you decide stick to it, and good luck.

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So this is what I found on the NYU Paul Mcghee Division. I am not sure if this route would help me. The Pauk Mcghee Division seems to be for adults only and offer mostly hotel and tourism management etc but they also have A.A in Liberal Arts and a B.A in applied general studies. Here the curriculumn on Liberal arts Curriculum

or should I just stick to a CC. Thanks

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