I have a degree from PSU and am currently taking my pre-req's for nursing at a local Community College. I also plan to continue at the Community College and go through their nursing program.
I have to say in all honestly the big bucks I paid at PSU were a waste. My Community College has nicer buildings, the same and/ or better science labs and much smaller classes. Instead of taking A&P with 300 other people like I would have at PSU, my class at Community had 25. And, most of my teachers actually know my name and are willing and interested to help me with questions or discussions.
There are a ton of other Nursing Schools
in my area and lots of BSN programs at universities and I'm sure that once you get into your actual nursing and clinical classes the size of the class is drastically reduced but especially after having one degree under my belt I can not see spending that much money on another one.
Then I would be in twice the debt.
I also want to say that in my Micro class a lot of the students allready have degrees from State schools like Pitt, PSU, IUP and they are also choosing to take classes at Community.