You know, WHERE your diploma comes from doesn't matter as long as you've learned the material you need to learn in order to pass the NCLEX-PN. What I'd check into is each program's NCLEX pass rate, which should be available for public viewing through your state's BON. When it's all said and done, your ability to practice as an LPN hinges not on where you went to school, but IF you learn enough to pass the NCLEX and become licensed. When I was hired for my job nobody asked where my diploma came from. All they wanted to see was my license. Now, I'm proud of my school, because it has a very high reputation and it has one of the highest NCLEX pass rates in the state, but I work along side LPN's who graduated from other programs with lower NCLEX pass rates who are great nurses and as far as my facility is concerned there is no difference between us when it comes to pay, benefits, etc. We start out at the same base rate of pay, and will move up the ladder according to our own individual talents/work ethic.
Off topic, but since my post centers on the subject of schools
and pass rates, I will point out that at the school I attended, the fail-out/drop-out rate was over 60%, however, every single person who graduated in my class, passed the NCLEX. Most people who didn't graduate, either couldn't handle the pace of the LPN program, which is fast, or they couldn't handle the rules regarding tardiness or absenteeism, as they simply weren't tolerated. Be late or absent for clinical and you automatically get a letter grade drop (this is for ANY reason other than a death in the immediate family). Do it again, you are out of the program. Which sounds harsh, but the reality is, in healthcare, there is no room for tardiness or call outs and better to prepare people for the jobs they will be getting than to let them get a license and not be able to keep a job.