Let's see.....I took my CNA at GCC in the spring and I thought it was a good program. It is very strict and structured, any absences and you are dropped and more than 15 minutes tardy for the whole program, they drop you. Several people were dropped during my program. That was a little scary-but like I said, they seem to really care that you understand. Also, you have about 20-25 homework/online quizzes. If a score of below 76% is scored on any of them (not an average) they drop you immediately. So it is a little scary. Good program though.
This is how I decided on what school to go to----I put down 5 choices on the application and whichever one I was chosen for I accepted.
I had GCC as my first and second choice, Boswell as my third, Phoenix as 4th, GWCC as fifth. I was selected for Mesa/Boswell so I immediately accepted the offer. I was happy that I was chosen and I did not want to wait another semester. My advice is, just take whatever they give you, you can always transfer to another school after one or two of the blocks are completed.
I don't know much about the advantages/disadvantages of each school. I chose the schools closest to where we live because of the price of gas and my vehicle is not in good shape. I have heard good things about all of the programs. I think it is a matter of getting the most out of whatever school is chosen. I do like the idea of a high pass rate on the NCLEX and I didn't realize Boswell's equipment is so good-THAT'S GREAT!!!
Good luck to you, before you know it you will be starting your program! They say it is about a semester's wait, but me and others did not have to wait long. Just make sure you get your application in during the "early application accepting week" during your last semester of prereq's. You probably already know that, but they accept your application early if you're in the last semester of prereqs and if you pass them you have the chance of having hardly any wait to get into the ADN program.
I hope I've answered your questions, I don't have the post in front me. Feel free to ask any other questions. I'm starting at Mesa/Boswell in August.
Have a great weekend!!!