I am a second year student at JCCC.
I would def reccomend taking A&P seperately, especially if you want to go on to get your BSN, as most programs require 6 hours of A&P and the combined is only 5. Also, the combined doesn't give you a compleate comprehension of phsysiology- which is SO vital to nursing information. But learning it as you go isn't impossible...but it would have been better seperately. I will probably go and just take physiology by itself to get my 1 hour needed (even though its a 3 hour class) just so i can feel like i have a better understanding of how body systems function. Think of it this way, knowing every notch in your femur isn't near as important as knowing how vital your pancrease is, how your kidneys function, or how your heart pumps blood - none of which we really covered in my A&P class, and i had an exceptional instructor who has been teaching for many years and has quite a bit of expierence in his field.
I also would not reccomend any classes over the summer - they move very fast and seem to skip over important information. aslo, keeping your gpa up while in a summer class...most of the time you just hope to pass, let alone get an A.
also, they say that its hard to get into the program. I graduated highschool december 2006, took the 3, yes count them there are but 3 (besides your CNA, but if you don't have that and aren't working as a CNA, in my opinion, you have no business trying to get into nursing school...but thats just me ) prerequistes that spring and summer, and started nursing school aug 2007. i have taken all the corequistes as COrequisites, and I, by no means, would EVER reccomend this. I don't even have kids or responsibilities, but I do work as an aide and coach volleyball...but if you have a family, i'm not even sure that it would be possible. But the point was, when I applied to the program, I had my CNA, and Composition 1 compleated (because I had to take that to graduate highschool early) and that was all. My GPA was 3.8 and I had a composite 26 on my ACT and 28 in the science section. I may be the exception to the rule, and actually hoped to NOT get in right away so I could take some classes...but I guess God just didn't have that for me in his plan. haha. but when I hear people say "i didn't even apply to JCCC because there was no way I could get in" I think "haha. yeah right. there was no way I should have gotten in...but i did"
Neosho, from what i can tell, along with KCCC, has a good program. Although i have heard about quite a few people from those programs that had to take NCLEX several times, and that the year before us, only 3 people didn't pass the first time, I think, but I'm not 100% sure on that. In general, JCCC is known for having a very high pass rate and success.
Also, JCCC compared to a 4 year program, such as KU, has much better clinical expierence. We get more because we are only a 2 year program, and I have 2 personal friends who are in the program, and with talking with them, they and I have both aggreed that I have gotten a much better expierence, which supprised me, because I would assume that the 4 year programs would have better clinicals, but that just doesn't seem to be the case.
JCCC instructors are also really awesome. Both clincally and in the classroom. I would not reccomend taking the LPN to RN if you can help it, because the expectations are just different, and the LPN transitions seem to be struggling (not academically but just stressing about what their instructors want and doing things the "RN" way compared to the way they were taught - althought I'm not entirely sure they were supposed to be different, but they seem to be. But every instructor I have had has always been very open, open to questions, very "teachy", and allow for a lot of independence if they can tell you can handle it. They're very good at treating you like you instead of just another student. (ie expecting more from people who can handle doing more, ect)
i hope any of this information is helpful. I hope i'm not sounding like an infomecial for JCCC, but I think they have an excellent program, and I have learned a lot from it. Let me know if you want to know anything else!