Quote from JacobK
Both programs are fairly competitive. For CSN, even though they say Biol 224, Biol 251, and Com 101 are only "additional requirements" and not "prerequisites," you have to have them done if you want to stand a chance of being accepted. As for NSC, make sure you pay attention to their prerequisites as within the last month or so they have changed them.
Another thing to note is that although both are 4 semester programs, NSC has class over the summer while CSN does not. I believe for you CSN would go Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, however NSC would go Spring 2012, Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013. So you may not graduate from CSN any earlier.
Another place to look for info is on page 11 of this link, it shows the percentage of graduates who pass the NCLEX on the first try, which is a decent benchmark for a nursing program: http://www.nursingboard.state.nv.us/...rt%2008-09.pdf
NSC does not have nursing class over the summer for the regular track, only Accelerated (must have a bachelors to apply) and the Part-Time go during the summer. I think your referring to UNLV for summer.
CSN is hard to get into the classes and the con about CSN and sciences is that BIO 189 is treated as if its some Harvard Law class from most of the professors. I have no clue why they do that, but its not helpful.
Also CSN requires you to take a separate lab on your sciences, so you sign up for a lab at 5pm and your class might be at 8am....NSC there is no separate lab times, you go when your class is scheduled and lab is during that class time.
The con of NSC right now is the fact they had to lower the amount of students they could take into each track. It went from 34 to 24, so yes its competitive, yet compared to UNLV that starts off with 60+ and ends with 25-35 in the end you might want to go for the smaller class sizes. People pay for private colleges to get smaller classes, yet the down side of this is now there is competition. I don't know about CSN and their class size after the last budget cuts.
NSC be ready to have a 3.5+GPA and 85+ TEAS to get in the first time. I'll be honest at NSC 3.5 is very obtainable due to the class sizes.
If your going off NCLEX scores...move to Reno TMCC and UNR have the highest graduating percentages.