I just graduated from Goodwin College's RN program. While I can't say it was easy - I ask.. did you really think it would be? We're going to be responsible for lives here.. I'd like to know the person watching over me has a good solid education. I don't mean for that to sound snippy, but nursing involves A LOT more than many people can even imagine. I think that's why they don't get as much recognition as they deserve... or respect.
However; Goodwin College has come a long way w/their RN program. They had to beef it up in the past few semesters due to a low NCLEX passing rate. It's above 90% now, and with our graduating class.. I'm shooting for 100% and wouldn't be surprised if we made it!
About applying to Goodwin. It is expensive, I'm in for about 25,000.00 dollars all in all, but was able to get grants and loans, very little out of pocket expense during my schooling. The classes (Nursing) run either one long day, or two short nights a wk, with an addition 9 hour day for clinical at a variety of different hospitals. You will have to shuffle around your schedule a bit each semester, because clinicals are chosen by picking your name out of a hat to determine who picks first, and you may be the last one to choose, so be prepared. And, class times/days each semester will change.. maybe a Tuesday for Nursing 100, Wednesday for 110 and so on.
I think Goodwin has gotten a bad reputation because of it's low passing rate in the past, but since it's increase in pass rate - as we all know, good news travels a LOT slower than bad news.. we're still seen as behind the Community College programs, when in fact, I believe we may surpass that level. There is an exit exam at the end, but with all that you're taught throughout, you won't make it to the exit exam if you won't be able to pass it. There are exams nearly every week in the final two semesters, and they're a true test to what you're capable of doing. If you pass the final for the semester, you're in pace w/everyone else and will pass the exit exam. AND, all of this testing prepares you for that final NCLEX test which gives you your license.
Check out all of the Nursing programs in the state, and choose what one you feel most comfortable with. They're all good programs and remember.. not to scare you, but you won't see your friends for about two years once you're in the program.. it's hard hard work... but NOT impossible!!! Best to you... it's going to work out!