Nursing school is just a very different educational experience from any other. I already had a bachelor's degree in English, and went through school on scholarships.
I also attended a CC school of nursing, but my experience was similar to many others who went to 4 yr schools.
First, the NCLEX-RN was simple and straightforward compared to any exam I had in nursing school. Many of the instructors were nurses who tried bedside nursing and didn't like it. If it was written in a book, the instructor took it as truth, even when presented with evidence to the contrary. Text books are full of errors, so if something contradicts your prior knowledge, don't automatically assume the book must be right.
Many teachers, especially the Head of Nsg 1, seemed to take pleasure in designing tests that would be failed by half the class. Care plans
required an all night marathon. These comments don't apply to any of the prerequisite classes. A & P, microbiology, organic chemistry were all outside of the nursing school and were good experiences with knowledgeable teachers. Also, grades in these classes tended to follow the bell shaped curve as opposed to the 50% fail rate in the nursing school.
All nursing classes required 80% to pass, and that 80% was a C. At the two 4-year universities in town, 80% was required as well, but was a letter grade of B.
I succeeded--number 1 in my class--but I hated seeing what was happening to many of my classmates. The school did have an excellent NCLEX passrate, though.