If you are serious about going into nursing school, there are plenty to choose from, but unfortunately, many of those you should avoid. The first thing I look for is their accreditation. Schools are either regionally accredited or nationally accredited. You can find jobs with either one, but there are two main differences that stand out for me.
1) The regionally accredited school degrees do not qualify you to work in a government hospital, such a veteran's hospital or a county hospital (some states have county hospitals).
2) The regionally accredited schools also limit you of future choices should you want to complete a bachelor's in nursing.
Nationally accredited school programs gives you the most flexibility when it comes to furthering your education. How do you know if a school is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission??? I'm so glad you asked! Just go to: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission - NLNAC Homepage
to find a list of schools in the region/s of your preference.
Private schools will obviously be the most expensive ones. Usually around $600 to $700 per credit hour. State universities and community colleges are much cheaper (and still great programs), but many of them have waiting lists. Valencia Community College is one of them with a waiting list... I believe it's about a year's wait, but you'll need to confirm that.
Most private schools will offer accelerated programs. They are NOT for everyone. It demands a lot and you really should not have a job while enrolled in one of those programs. They are grueling! Google and read student reviews for the places of your choice. If you can, pay a visit to the campus and ask students how they like the place and the program. Then make your decision.
Good luck !!