Greetings, fellow Tarheel!
You are truly fortunate to be in a part of the state that has a choice of three programs. I would urge you to obtain your BSN; however, since for you this is not an option right now, consider the following when making your choice of program:
1. Is the program accredited by NLN? Is the program approved/ in compliance with the Board of Nursing? (very important)
2. Will the related courses transfer with full credit to a senior institution? For example, will microbiology be accepted with full credit? Will any of the nursing courses transfer?
3. Do any of the senior institutions have an articulation agreement with the cc?
4. Which program has the better "fit" for you? Are the clinical hours the same?
Are the class descriptions similar?
I am a diploma graduate from more years ago than I care to admit. At the time, it was the best route for me and I do not regret not going to undergraduate school instead.
I have stayed at the bedside until fairly recently, when I took a new position, so don't let anyone discourage you from continuing your education by telling you that you won't be able to work as a staff nurse. It isn't true!