O.k. The NLN is a test to see if you can succeed in school, read carefully, take your time with the test and know that if nothing else you can always take it over. ECC does not have an actual wait list. They take the students with the best grades and NLN scores. If you do not get accepted to the program you are just added to the batch of the next applicants, you do not move up the list your grades and test scores have to be good enough to "beat" the other applicants. I went to find out which classes exactly got weighted in the equasion because not all classes are but I don't remember which classes are. Are you in -district ? if not it is harder because they only take 8 out of district students. If for some reason you do not get on the list the first time, look at where you can improve your chances, take the NLN over to raise your score, if there is a class (from the weighted list) that has a lower grade take it over again just do what you have to do to get in. ECC is a good school and they and they will absolutely prepare you to pass the nclex. they will also cut you form the program if they do not think you can hack it which is why they have such a high nclex pass rate. there are really strong teachers, the day program was much tighter, the evening classes which i took were much more laid back. and with as hard as the program was most of us managed to hold jobs while in school, some people worked full time. the majority of us passed the nclex with the minimum of questions so they definately give you a good education but you have to work hard. When you get in you can message me and i will give you some tips and tricks about getting through
I don't know much about the NIU program other than that people that have gone there did not get as much clinical experience, someone who was further ahead in school than me had not done the things I had done in a clinical setting, that being said you absolutely should get a bachelors degree. My grades were good when I got accepted and I had a really HIGH NLN score when I got in but i had to because I was out of district, I lived in lake in the hills at the time and MCC did not yet have their nursing program
so I had to do really well. The NLN exam itself is one of those tests where they give you a passage to read and then you have answer questions about the passage, and math. It is a long test and boring, but not impossible. I wish you luck ! hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions you have.