I graduated from Laguardia's nursing program this past Dec. I have also been a Hunter College employee/student since Sept. 2004. The Laguardia clinical component will take you 2 years. Honestly, for most CUNY schools, if not all, the deadlines for Fall 2010 admission are either over, or close to over, especially with their highly competitive nursing programs. I know Hunter College is flooded with Nursing program applicants and even if you apply now, it's too late for Fall 2010 admission. But I don't recommend Hunter College anyways, cause their administration is horrible, and their nursing department does not care about its students. I went through quite an ordeal with the nursing department, so I'm trying to spread the word about the school. Anyways, all personal matters aside, I recommend you attend Laguardia's nursing program. In retrospect, I loved their program. The professors are good, they truly care about their students, and the student body works together.
I received my RN license in Feb, and am in the process of starting an online RN-BSN program at Utica College. It is better, in my eyes, to receive your AAS in nursing, then continue on from there. There are several advantages to this: You can start working right away (assuming there are jobs out there when you graduate), the facility you work for may pay for you education fully or partially, the RN-BSN programs are easier to get into than going straight into a BSN program, you can complete your education online if you wish, you won't waste time waiting to start Spring 2011 and you might have to take more pre-reqs prior to starting a BSN program.
I understand that many jobs require a BSN. Some hospitals require a BSN, others will take you in if you're working towards your BSN and others have added the BSN requirement due to the financial climate. Honestly, if the economy is bad like it is now, having a BSN won't help you that much. I have heard of students with BSNs that cant find jobs, and students with an AAS that have found jobs (I am one). A new grad is a new grad, whether you have an AAS or a BSN, the job hunt will be tough due to the economy. This is just my opinion based on my experiences and what I've discussed with other people who have gone a similar route as me.