Well, IMHO it's not too early to be making a decision, as schools are getting very competitive. I have been in somewhat of the same boat as you are now. I was planning on attending a CC near my home that only offers the LPN program, although they are beginning an RN program soon. I was torn between the LPN program and getting a two year AD in gen ed that I'll need for the RN programs elsewhere.
I took the entrance exams and a school offical suggested I go for the LPN program based on scores. I took the NET last weekend, and I'm waiting for the results. I decided that if God wanted me in that program, I'd make it. If not, I'm not giving up; instead, I'll just take the gen ed requirements for the RN program.
I figure I've got it covered that way!
The biggest bonus I can see about going the LPN route is this: If something should happen to my family and I need to go back to work, I'll be able to actually work as an LPN in two years. On the other hand, if I'm studying gen ed and need to go to work in two years, I'm probably going to be forced to take a position outside healthcare, which is where I really want to be.
I realize there are more opportunities for RN's. But, I also know that with the economy at it's present state, I may very well need to re-enter the workforce before my educational goals are fully achieved.