So I drove out there today to learn what I already knew. Kind of a pain in that regard, since I could have saved the gas, but I guess face time is rarely a bad thing.
My advisor said the program is surely to become more competetive over the years. I expect that. Right now, there is no competition. It's pretty much first come first serve. The cost going down, probably not going to happen. He also warned me that the requirements might change. He actually recommended checking the web site in November to see if the requirements changed. I told him that I hoped Chemistry would be dropped
The cost is how I described above. It's about 5500 per semester (but a smaller, prorated amount for the winter. I'm assuming that is due to the closure between Christmas and New Years). It amounts to about 17K. In addition to that amount, you'd also have to pay the typical ASU tuition. I don't know what that is, but you're looking at a final cost of roughly 30-35K.
I will have to retake 5 classes, including chemistry in order to qualify for the program. Blech. It's one more than I had anticipated, but do-able, if I choose to go in that direction. Again, for the sake of time, it would probably be best to get started as soon as possible, so I have some thinkin' to do!
Congrats, inspired! And good luck with LPN. I hear PCT is also a great direction to go in.