So what other programs are in the area and what are their wait lists? I think the total cost for the program I am in is around 20 grand for six semesters over 3 years which is probably about double what the CC programs run, equal to some of the 4 year schools
and maybe about half of the for profit schools. On the plus side, I didnt have a wait to get in, though that has changed some over the last year from what I hear.
Besides the wait, the other consideration is what types of grads are they hiring in your area? From what I read here, in places like Philly, they are going for mostly BSN grads, so maybe a associates or diploma isnt so great an idea. In general, if you go with a hospital based program, you should have at least an even chance of getting a job in that system afterward.
In the mean time, you could possibly look to becoming an EMT, maybe on a volunteer squad. That type of experience would be invaluable, especially in a critical care setting. Good luck