I attend a private school BSN program, and I can tell you that in no way did our school skimp on requirements needed to enter the program. We needed 2+ years of classes, high grades, the whole bit. There was no interview process needed, because as long as you met the requirements you were allowed to register, but there was also no waiting list to get on prior to entry as there was at the public school I was going to. Yeah, I pay $18,000 a year for tuition, not including books, uniforms, and additional fees, but seeing as how there was no waiting list, it's a good school, and alot of places have tuition reimbursment, I felt it was the right choice. Besides, I figure I can just pay it later and concentrate on getting my degree now. I don't care how much money my education costs, just as long as it was all worth it. I believe that certain states mandate that all nursing students fullfill certain requirements prior to graduation, which goes for public and private alike. It really just depends on the student. Hope that helps!