So nice to hear from someone in VA!
The CC route has been SO frustrating as you can see, and I am AMAZED by just how little help they are willing to give!
I have made SO many calls to ALL of the CC around me within a 3 hr drive and gotten NOWHERE! I was just turned down by yet another CC near to me bc I didn't have a computer class that they require! (I would have been allowed to clep out of it but ran out of time, as that class wasn't listed under their pre reqs on their website!) so I found out the week I sent out my application!!
I took the TEAS exam specifically for the CC and scored "average", but I only had 2 weeks to study for it!
I purchased both study guides for the TEAS and HESI and found them EXTREMELY helpful! I only scored in 70% on the TEAS (it was INCREDIBLY difficult) but scored in the 90% range for the HESI.
The TEAS had so much more on it with regards to earth science, physics and chemistry, some of which I have never taken, so I felt lost...even with the study guide! (I think I would have done better had I more time to study)
The HESI was much more straight forward and I felt so much more confident coming out of that exam, it consisted mostly of the math section (fractions, algebra, measurements etc) as well as 3 english/vocab sections.
Everest looks at your HESI score + your GPA (fm past schooling-if you have it) and they DON'T have ANY pre reqs that are required! (you take them as part of the curriculum!)
Once you take the HESI, they call you in for a 3 hr interview (which was fine-not intimidating at all) and then you fill out some paperwork and do a quick writing test- basically "why do you want to be a nurse".
Stratford is another great school- but you would be getting a BS with them, and an Assoc. with Everest. The biggest difference with them both is price!
(Stratford is around 60K for the entire 2.5 yr prgm, Everest is around 45K, but came out to be less for me BC I was able to transfer some classes that I have already taken and get credit for those.)
I'd be more than happy to answer ANY other questions that you have about the schools or the tests- here's my email address: email@example.com
Take good care and DON'T GIVE UP! It will ALL be worth it once we are out in the world practicing as RN'S!!