I, and my two other friends I've kept in touch with from LPN school, all make over $25/hr. One works nights but that's because she wants to. I make more because I work PRN with no benefits. People who take benefits make less.
As for estrella mountain, I got my LPN there at the skill ctr. The waiting list was 9 months back then and I finished prereqs during the wait and also while I was in school.
I just finished their advanced placement program for LPNs. I was in their first graduating RN class, we just finished a few weeks ago. There were good things and bad about the program. I do feel the instructors there are the kind that want to see students succeed though, which I hear is not the case at some of the other maricopa schools
. They are adding more spots this fall too and I hear there is not a waiting list yet.