Hi! I am in my next-to-last semester in UAH's nursing program
! There are a million arguments for ADN vs. BSN and I'm not even going to go there! In my opinion, that's a personal choice =) But, what I can help you with is to tell you a little about UAH's program and what I've heard and seen of Calhoun's.
UAH has a great program. It's super intensive and really heavy on "book smarts" and knowledge. One major difference in the nursing curriculum between BSN at UAH is that you have to take a research class and a leadership & management course. The faculty at UAH is very supportive and helpful. I really haven't had any complaints other than my clinicals so far (of course not counting OB or Peds) have been cardiac...which means I haven't seen much other stuff - this doesn't occur with everyone, I just had crappy luck. I hear that they are really good to their grads and are willing to write recommendations and help get jobs and get in grad school, etc. I think that the year that I got in (2004), the GPA cut off was around 3.0 or so.
I had a few pre-reqs that I took at Calhoun, so that is where I know most of my information from about there... They seem to get more clinical time and focus more on the skills and "on-the-job training" aspect. I also know that it is very hard to get in to the program. I'm not sure of the number that they accept, but I think there are only 5 or so required classes for entry into the nursing program (Math, English, and a couple of others) and other classes (Anat & Phys I & II and Micro) are considered *extra points* toward getting you accepted. The only downfall that I heard from people applying to that program was that there were people who took the Math, English, etc. several times in order to get all A's to get accepted into the nursing program. I do know that they were increasing the number that they were going to accept due to the high amount of applicants. The GPA cut off in 2004 was something crazy high, like 3.75 or so.
Both Calhoun and UAH get to do clinicals at Huntsville Hospital, Crestwood, Decatur General, N AL Regional, Athens-Limestone (for preceptorship). My main reasoning for choosing a BSN at UAH is that this is my second degree, so I already had everything for my core classes for another 4 year degree except for Anat & Phys, Micro, and Chem; so, an ADN would have taken me the exact same amount of time. I am planning on getting another Master's at some point, so that's why the BSN was the best decision for me. I really do believe that both schools are great and you won't go wrong either way.
I hope that this has helped some! Please feel free to ask any more questions...I will do my best to answer them!