Anewme, you wont be "settling" for a diploma. Students at LSN get more clinical time than most other ASN programs. We started clinicals 5 weeks into the program and get 2 days per week in the hospital. We all are RN's when we sit to take NCLEX and many nurses from LSN go on to be and do great things. I am currently at St. Marys in Clayton this rotation and have 3 nurses on my floor that graduated from LSN. From day 1 they are preparing you to sit for the NCLEX.
I have not been in other programs so I cant really compare but LSN is no piece of cake, by any means. It's very focused and can be very tough. Each class is done in 8 week rotations so it can be very fast paced but you learn so much and so far all my clinical instructors have been very good and helpful.
The first year we get 196 clinical hours. The second year is 8 weeks of womens health/OB, 8 weeks of psych, 8 weeks of peds and 8 weeks of advanced med surg then 6 weeks of "internship". You have to pass the HESI before you can sit for the NCLEX and graduate. Everyone wants you to succeed and they offer many programs to help you do so. They have dorms for those who need/want to live at the school. LSN has been around for 100 years - so it has to be doing something right, right?!
All classes must be met with 75% or better to pass, classes are small in size.
Ummmm, what else? I cant think of anything else but let me know if you want to know something specific.