I have a bit of a dilemma.. I was accepted to both BHSN (Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing) and GWCC (Gateway Community College) for their nursing programs. Before I was accepted to either I was leaning towards BHSN, but now that I've been accepted to both I'm a little up in the air.
Here's my situation..
-I live in the New Haven area so obviously Gateway's program would be closer (and we all know how bad traffic can be in the a.m. on I-95).
-Gateway is also less expensive (roughly $7,000, compared to BHSN's $14,000).
-BHSN is only a certificate, but Gateway is an associate's, however I already have my associate's from Gateway (in general studies).
-I've always been told that BHSN has one of the best programs & highest passing rate on the NCLEX (however recently I was told this is true because they weed out so many people, therefore they have a high passing rate), and up until recently I've heard not-so-good things about Gateway's program.
-Gateway only has an evening program, and at Bridgeport I applied for the day program (and I am definitely more of a night person).
-At BHSN I was accpeted for fall '09, but at Gateway I was accepted for spring '10 (which isn't that big of a deal because I could just work my butt off until the spring semester, and I can also request to be bumped to the fall IF they have any openings).
I just want to make sure where ever I decide to go I get the best education possible to help me for the NCLEX. I was hoping maybe some students that are either in, or have completed the programs at either school could give me some insight to which they think is the better choice for me (or just anyone who has an opinion!) Oh, and another thing, I have until May 1st to get my letter back to Gateway accepting my spot (Yeah that's like a little over a week away, so I'm really biting my nails at this point!)
Thank you to anyone that can help me out!!