I don't really understand why everyone is hung up on the wait list at a community college?
I started at Schoolcraft in May of 2009 and by the end of the semester in December 2009 had completed JUST the requirements necessary to get myself on the wait list (each college is different, but its generally Bio, A&P and Chem and the TEAS or equivalent). Once that was accomplished, WHILE I WAS WAITING, I took the additional general education requirements for the program (Psych, Algebra, Computer Course, Comp, etc) and a few additional classes to put toward my BSN (Micro, Org Chem). I am now starting in the Fall of 2012 (I had been bumped up from the Fall of 2013), so am about to start Pharmacology in May and will begin Fundamentals in the Fall. This means I only have nursing classes to complete in the next 18 months.
There is a "wait" virtually everywhere because even if you apply to a competitive BSN program, you will likely not jump right in. You will have to take 12 to 16 credit hours at that university before you can apply to their nursing program and there is no guarantee you will get into the program. Then you have to wait to start, perhaps up to another year longer (if they only start the nursing classes in the fall).
Additionally, my entire stint at the CC has been covered by grants and scholarships, so no out of pocket costs. I was pondering jumping ship for a University until I realized that I would need $60K to finish the way I wanted. I would have to find the cash and it would take me 8 months longer to get a BSN. Although I want a BSN, I stuck it out at the CC and hopefully when employed as an RN with an ADN, I will carry on with the BSN and possibly MSN perhaps with some sort of tuition reimbursement.
If you keep "thinking about it" and don't stick to a program, you'll still be 31 in 5 years ... right? I will be 44 when I finish my ADN and hope to have my masters by 48. I am not the least bit stressed about the age bit because I am currently running circles around my younger classmates!
I think that when considering a CC for an ADN, instead of worrying about the wait list and how long it "seems", you need to focus on a strategic way of first getting on that list and then finishing up additional requirements so you will be ready when your name gets called to start the program. Sometimes counselors are lax in pointing out that you should wait to take English and Psychology and such until after you actually do what you have to do to get on that list!
Has it been worth the wait? I think so. I am still getting older, but at least I am closer to being an RN. My only options would have been a university (I was easily accepted to several) and hope that after a semester or two of classes that I would get accepted into their nursing program or pay for a private for profit school (but I have a very strong anti-opinion of those no matter what career you are pursuing). BTW, you can do what you have to do to get yourself on the list at a CC, then take a couple general ed classes at a university during the wait and apply to their program. If you get accepted, GREAT, if not, you still have the back up at the CC (that was my plan, but the cost of the university scared me away).