My name is Raquel and I am from New York City, and most recently I've begun to consider applying for a Nursing program. I have looked at the ABSN at the Mount Sinai PSON, The ABSN at Pace University, and the Accelerated Second-Degree Nursing Program (A2D) at Hunter College. I do have a couple of questions for those that may be familiar with ABSN programs. I've noticed that all the programs I've explored have not included the pre-requisite courses: such as Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, Microbiology or Biology, and etc. Is this standard for all ABSN programs? As someone with a Bachelor's in Education, and two semesters shy of graduating with a Master of Public Health, I have not delved into many/any STEM courses throughout both degrees.
In addition, upon speaking to a representative at Pace University -- regarding their ABSN application process, they stated that no courses from my Masters would be accepted as pre-requisites (which is pretty upsetting, since my grades in grad-school have been great oppose to my mediocre grades in undergrad). In addition, enrolling in an expensive program/institution at this point isn't something I am keen on doing after graduating. With all said and done, what would be the most cost-effective route to obtaining an ABSN? I am also looking to do some international work abroad after graduating, such as the Peace Corps, and would like to know if it would even be possible to start my pre-requisites while living and working abroad.