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thanks in advance to anyone who is able to help me out with some answers to my questions.
background: i'm in my 30's and looking to change careers to nursing - there are several reasons for this, i won't get into them, but its right for me. i have a bs in business from a good private 4 year college. a few questions:
1) i plan to get my associates in nursing from a cuny school. (one is right by my apt. and most convenient for me) will it be harder to get a nursing job in nyc with an associates degree from a cuny school? is it like on wall street where the top jobs go to the ivy league grads?
[font='times new roman']2) when applying for admission, will cuny look at my college transcripts and waive any courses? (being a biz major, i think the only relevant ones are an intro to psych and intro to sociology i took) also, will they need my undergrad gpa for admission or is there an admission test? do i need to have taken science classes (i haven't). sorry - but i've already looked all over the web and can't seem to get answers.
[font='times new roman']3) are there any nurses out there who did not grow up with the sciences being their strong suit? people have already commented - "you were never a big fan of biology when you were in school" - am i making a mistake?
thanks very much!
you do need to take all the science prereqs wherever you go; these are generally chemistry, a&p i & ii, and microbiology. as a second degree student you're eligible to apply to accelerated programs that let you get the bsn in 12-16 months (less than the amount of time you would spend getting an associates from cuny). in new york, nyu, suny brooklyn, columbia, & pace have these programs (although at columbia you have to go through to the msn). suny is obviously the least expensive of these.
if you wanted to do the traditional route, you would not have a problem finding a job in nyc with a nursing degree from a cuny school. hunter is the most highly rated, and bmcc is considered pretty good as well (but they don't offer a bsn as a 2 year college). the problem with cuny is that there are hordes of students who want in to their nursing programs
, so you need a super high gpa in the science prereqs to have a high spot on their waiting lists. and be prepared to deal with massive amounts of red tape to get registered and receive financial aid.
also, you need to be a student at hunter for at least 1 semester before even applying to their nursing program. getting into hunter at all is difficult due to high # of applicants, and then once you are in, getting into the prereq classes is difficult since they all fill up quickly. with your bachelors, you won't need to take an admission test, and they will transfer pretty much all the classes you would need to get the bsn so all you need to take are the nursing courses.
i too always avoided science classes, but i've found if you're interested in the material and motivated, they really are not that bad!