I went to Dabney University's open house. Evertyhing appeared to be ok. I just do not have the 32K for tuition. I reviewed the Indiana Board of Nursing school pass rate and did not see a current pass rate for Dabney.
Plenty of people have thier personal pros and cons about City Colleges, Universities, Trade/Vocational Schools, and Private Schools. At the end of the day it all depends on whether you will be permitted to sit for the NCLEX. Do you plan to bridge to another programs where Dabney's credits are accepted? If not, do you have a problem taking specific courses over to meet the bridge requirements.
I truly understand your position because a few of my associates and myself are in the same boat on deciding what school to attend. Chamberlain, Brown Mackie, Dabney, North West Institute of Health and Technology, etc. All the previous schools named are private. The tuition is ridiculous however each one will put us in a position of working as an LPN or RN (Chamberlain).
My friend's brother is attending Brown Mackie while I took my first Chemistry class at the cc. Well, while I'm still trying to decide on which school to attend (for nursing or physical therapy), he will complete his LPN program by October, 2009. I haven't even started. Will he be able to work? Yes.
Two young ladie in my chemistry class graduated from BM and one from Everest because they grew tired of the cc's. They both work and make between $23(LTC) - $28(Hospice) an hour. I was furious because neither of them have an associate while I bust my but for a M.Ed. I am happy for them though.
I once read a post here where a people were being criticized for attending overly priced trade/vocational school for an LPN program. Well, the poster mentioned she paid at least 20K for a LPN program and is presently employed while others are still trying to make a decision.
At the end of the conversations, small talk, backlash about schools, what others will tell you what they did, how horrible one school is over another...please understand, each persons situation is uniquely different in conjunction with individual preferences and family/economic situation.
Enough of my rambling. Just make the best decision for you based on your current situtations (family, economic, emotional, and physical ability/stamina to endure the program requirements). It really doen't matter what anyone else thinks, believes, swears by, etc. As long as you are capable of sitting for the NCLEX, working, and can transfer classes OR take the classes over. Best wishes.