I graduated in 2008, so its been awhile. My sister graduated this year from the LVN program. She said everything was pretty much the same as when I went. A few different teachers, same material. While I was in school, there were 3 people from my class from Austin that made the commute everyday. They said it was well worth it. I have not heard many people compare it to CTC, so I wouldnt be able to give you any insight there.
I am not gonna lie, it was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I felt like I abandoned my family and there were tests just about every other day. It really does require a lot of studying. They pack so much into that one year, that its very fast paced. There were times I didn't think I would make it, but I am truly glad I stuck to it. I love my job so much. I am glad I did my LVN first, because all of the experience has helped me soooo much. I had no medical experience prior to going into LVN school, other than working the front desk at S&W. So, this has been a blessing. My friend went straight thru RN school and she said she couldnt believe how fast paced the LVN stuff was.
If you have the time, and the ability to go thru RN school, do it! I, unfortunatly couldnt cause I had a 1 yr old at the time, and we were struggling to make it. I knew I wouldn't be able to go 2 years without money. Plus, coming from NO experience, I wanted a lil under my belt before I took on the responsibilities of being an RN. I loved LVN school, and I am super glad I went
You will love either program!