I think that this will largely be a matter of opinion since what works for some people will not work for, or appeal to, others. I applied to the Mbein program last year and while they were willing to be accommodating on some pre-requisites, they were not willing to be flexible on others, and I didn't end up pursuing those because I applied to the CC program instead. Of the course of the time that I was looking into both programs here is some feedback that I got from other students. For the Mbein program they strongly recommend that you not work during the 11 months of classes. Classes begin in January with one day of lecture (it's campus dependent which day it is, I think Storrs was Monday from 8am-4 or 6pm). Then there are 2 7-hour days of lab which becomes clinical rotations quickly. I've heard it's intense and some students said it was well-run while others said it was disorganized. I did hear some feedback from students that felt that other programs might have more hands on time during the course of their clinicals (specifically CCs program), but others felt their training was very reasonable. It's a certificate program and while they say it's the equivalent of a B.S., in reality it's not. So you don't have an ADN or BSN, just a certificate and RN. Not sure what that means in terms of jobs or future schooling, but it's another detail. For the CC program, I've heard good things. Some people think that graduating with an ADN rather than BSN is a big drawback, but I'm not sure. For me, the CC program is the best option because my job can be flexible enough that I will be able to continue working while in school. That's very important to me because I'm the sole income in our house, so I can't be without pay for a year as the Mbein program would require. I can also afford the CC program more than the UConn program, which I think is about $25,000 before books and supplies. Again, you can find people that love and hate all the nursing programs
here in the state. I've read people that loved Goodwin College and others couldn't stand it. Same for the CCs, Mbein, Bridgeport Hospital, etc. I think in the end you make the best decision based on the information you have, and then make the best of it. I'm so sorry that you had transcript problems with the CC program. I can only imagine how frustrating it would be to be facing another year of waiting. Good luck with whatever you decide.