Hey Porkey, our stories arer so similar it's eerie.
1. I attended Mercy College for nursing...didn't finish.
2. I attended HFCC for CIS, finished it.
3. I just started HFCC nursing program Fall '06, and am doing very well.
4. I am an 'older' student, but don't let my birth certificate confuse you.
Both WCCC and HFCC have good programs. As rntoben2008 mentioned, a HFCC instructor teaches at both campuses. In fact, I've noticed a few part-timers hop back and forth. In addition, our Dean at HFCC just mentioned she helped set up the Anatomy and Physiology classes at WCCC, so they are very similar to HFCC's A&P classes. I took mine at WCCC, and they were absolutely geared to nursing. I applied so many things from those classes to both my fundamentals and medsurg classes.
Many of my core classes from the CIS program applied to the NSG program. You already have the 2 writing classes, the computer literacy class, hopefully the Sociology requirement and the Intro to Psych requirement (somehow I skipped that one, and took it online at Wccc.) You just need the A&P classes - my micro & chem from Mercy transferred from a thousand years ago, lol. Math - the math requirement from the CIS program easily fulfills the NSG math requirement. I took Intermediate Alegbra and College Algebra for my CIS and those were WAY harder than anything you'll have in the NSG program. I think you only need an 080 level class, or something slightly higher. NSG math is basically percents, decimals, fractions, that sort of thing.
WCCC is half the tuition of HFCC. WCCC requires a minimum grade of 75, HFCC, 80. HFCC has a wait list, WCCC is by GPA merit and a high score on the NET. (GPA considered first, the NET is the tiebreaker, 3.4 seems to be the lowest GPA that gets in)
Get the requirements for both programs in front of you and strategize wisely, gearing for both programs, but ready to go in case one calls you first. That's what I did. WCCC requires the A&Ps to get in, HFCC does not. IF you decide on HFCC, get on the wait list, THEN take the APs while you are waiting. WCCC also requires the Pathophysiology to get in HFCC does not. (But it's good to get under your belt...if you are on the wait list and can get into it, take it!)
Don't let age be the thing that prevents you from considering a return to school for a new career. That's a problem for other people to worry about, not you. In summary, your background will transition easily to a nursing program. I am your mirror image, and I am doing it. Join me!