I was hearing all these rumors as well. I know several people who have been nurses for 15+ years w/ degrees not from IvyTech, and they say that Ivy Tech's nursing program is outstanding, and hospitals are pleased with the nurses that come from there. I'm in central Indiana. Perhaps some areas prefer BSN over ASN, but overall, IvyTech is not a bad school.
As for getting in, its on a point system, and it really just depends on what the points on for that semester of entrance. I have been accepted into the ASN fall program at Anderson with a 162 or 167(I'd have to go back & look). I also applied at Lawrence, but only got accepted into PN. I have a 4.0 gpa. Most colleges will tell you that you pretty much have to get A's in all your pre-reqs to get into the program. For the most part, it is true, but I have heard many have gotten in with a B or two.
I personally chose IvyTech because of the location and the cost. I briefly went to IUPUI 15 yrs ago,(there was a wait list to get into the nursing program &very competitive back then as well), I reapplied to the college, met with the advisor, and she told me I'd have to get straight A's which is impossible, and should look into something other than nursing. Nice huh!! After the 40 min drive & seeing the cost, I transferred to IvyTech. I have managed to get all A's, it took a lot of work, and I really want to go back to IUPUI and shove my transcript in that advisor's face
It is competitive everywhere for nursing. The lowerest gpa they except is usually 3.8. I heard Univ Of Indpls(I think that one) lowered there gpa to 3.1 to get more students into their nusring program.
Not sure if I helped with your question or not, but just know it is competitive, but it's not impossible
Best of luck