Hi, I can't answer all your questions, but I'll provide my input and/or what I have been told. I have been with Baker since Aug. 2007 working toward an accounting degree, but I recently decided to pursue nursing. The reason I didn't originally follow that path is because I'm moving on to a 2nd, 3rd really, career, so I did not want to compete for a spot in any program, but if I don't ever try for a seat then how can I possibly ever know if I'll be accepted?
I was 3/4s the way to my associate's in accounting, so I had many of the pre-reqs, but I also just finished up Nutrition and Psych online toward lpn pre-reqs. I will be starting on 1/12 at AH for Med. Term and 1/17 for A&P/Lab. That will leave me with the first aid class for health care workers and A&PII for Spring and I'll be ready to complete my background check, nursing entrance exam, etc. What I was told when I originally went in to see the advisor was that they will immediately bridge me to the R.N. program upon completion of the LPN, which surprised me because I thought only Clinton Twp, in this area, had the R.N. program, but she said that AH has it as well. However, I have never seen this in any catalog or course option, so I'm assuming they will be granted approval within the next year. I have not spent any time at the school yet, but I intend to go in next week to get my books, find my way around, stop by the Dean of Nursing's office (Christine), etc., so I will find out more about it all then. I figure that once I have my LPN - or sometime just before - I can decide whether to move on, bridge to RN, etc.
I originally registered at AH and then transferred to 100% online, so I don't know much about the campus, but I've been very happy with Baker thus far. I've had good instructors, reasonable class sizes, etc., and I would expect that to be the same at AH. I don't think we have the same instructors, so I can't help you with that. Also, Baker is a non-profit school, so the costs cover the expenses. Although the credit hour cost seems high, when I began looking at other schools, excepting Macomb or other CCs, the others were all higher. However, textbooks costs are a small fortune every quarter - I know mine are $500 for A&P and Med. Term.
Finally, I have 64 credits and a 3.96 GPA, and Nari (advisor) told me that I'm very well placed for entrance into the LPN program, providing, of course, I do well on the remainder of my pre-reqs and nursing entrance exam, so just to give you an idea.
I know these are all difficult decisions to make, but I think all you can do is choose the options that make the most sense for you and which work out best for you. Good luck!