At first I was intimiated by the A & P class. But, as it went on, the class wasn't as hard as I had anticpated. The one area I struggled in was the edocrine system. I really liked their medical terminology
class. All in all I had a good experience. There was a lot of one to one teaching when you needed it. I felt my questions were all answered. I know they have changed some of the classes. This in my opionion would have hindered my job experience. I took a pediatric class and clinical, and I believe they don't have that one anymore. They said there isn't enough LPNs who find themselves on peds units. I have found myself on two pediactric units in my 12 years of nursing and also newborn nursery. I would have been lost without that course.
Also there is always one teacher, I suppose anywhere, who is a hold out from the army. Tough, hard to please, shouldn't be teaching. My one experience which stands out was we were supposed to show and pass a hands on test of putting an ace wrap on someones foot up to their knee.
This particular teacher wouldn't accept my work. It was really insane, so I behind her back wrapped several other people's legs for fellow students who passed. But mine was never good enough. Finally, did one that passed for one of my classmates, they never removed it and when she looked at the very same one she didn't pass me again.
I wondered if I would ever pass any of her classes or clinicals. I managed to tell her what I thought (respectfully) of how she was singling me out. She said, "I thought you would never stand up for yourself." After that she treated me as a pet student.
I am working on my RN, through the Excelsior college. I would recommend going to a regual school unless it is impossible. For me, working full time, a single mom, and two children with handicapps precluded my adding school to that schedule. I am going slowly, and it is more expensive, and there is no grants or student loans. But, still I have gotten about 1/2 through it.
It sounds like you have a good plan in mind. It also sounds like you are leaving yourself open to different possiblities. I envy you, but I wouldn't change my own place in life for a million dollars.