i applied to galen and was accepted. no problem. the problem there is money! i did not qualify for student loans because of my income level, but yet, even at my income level, i cannot afford galen. galen staff was so nice when they thought i'd be their meal ticket, but after thinking long and hard about it, i declined. the staff's attitude from that point on was like nigh and day! before declining, i'd send an email, make a call, leave voicemail, etc. and get a response back from them within minutes some times. after declining, they never, ever returned my calls/emails. they are quite rude imo.
here's the long and short of why i chose ptec: money! i have long term goals. my goal is to complete the lpn program at ptec, continue on to spc lpn-rn bridge program and then obtain my bsn. ptec costs about 15k for their lpn program, another 17k for the rn program. their rn program is not accredited - yet. so, their courses will not transfer to uf, usf, spc, etc. now, i realize there are many posts on here about "don't worry that it is not accredited. you can move on for your bsn at university of phoenix." ok, while that may be true, by the time you finshed with your bsn, you would have spent well over 60k for student loans. should you go the route i plan on taking, i'll spend a fraction of that cost. for example, the lpn program at ptec is roughly 5k, which includes books, supplies, uniforms and tuition. another 7k for spc, and maybe another 7k for the bsn. do the math! i'd rather wait and go down the road i plan on traveling, than down the road paying back 60k plus in student loans.
to each his/her own, but i'd much rather have my rn degree stating i earned it from a respectable school - spc and my bsn to be something i'd be proud of showing uf, usf or spc. how many doctor offices have you been in where their degrees hanging on the wall said "university of phoenix?"