I think this would be an excellent opportunity for knowledge exchange and not a heated discussion about what program is better or worse.
Maybe it is all dependent upon the individual school's program reqirements and state's requirements.
I just wanted to say in response to Steph's post that even in my CC, which is pretty large and has 4 different main campuses through out the county, that you have to directly apply to which ever campus you want to attend for nursing school. You can't just apply to the nursing program and figure out later which campus you will attend as each campus has their own nursing department, faculty, and deans.
Even though, no matter which campus you attend, you have to meet the same class and credit requirements, each campus has it's own little quirks. For example, there is one campus that is more lenient in accepting students that have not me all of the pre-req's. and those transferring credits from other schools. Then there is another where they will not even give you an application until you have passed every single pre-req.
And then, it seems that the rules and "quirks" change each year depending on the # of students applying, the # of teachers available, etc. The one campus that has historically been lenient with students that haven't completed all of the pre-req's. this year will only accept those students who are the closest to completing the pre and co-req's. as they do not have many teachers for next school year.
Also wanted to say that the school doth not the nurse make. There is a very expensive and prestigious private university here that you would think has an awesome nursing program. Until you look a little further and see that they have lost accredidation in the past and have a very poor pass rate for the NCLEX.