Are you in Reno yet? If you're transferring and already have the prereqs done, this may not apply...but if you're starting from scratch, here's my experience:
I'm going to UNR, but I took all of my prereq's at TMCC. It can take a while, since the way it's set up is kinda drawn out...all the prereq's have prereq's. I started taking my prereq's at TMCC with the intention of applying to their nursing program.
Nursing prereqs at TMCC are BIOL 223, 224 & 251 (A&P I, A&P II, and Microbiology). So, you need MATH 120 to take CHEM 121 to take BIOL 190. BIOL 190 is the prereq for BIOL 223 and 251, then you can take 224 after you pass 223 with a C. So right there, there's 5 semesters. To top it all off, you need to take a placement test for math and English to register for classes there, so if you place in a class lower than MATH 120, you may have to take lower math classes before you can advance. On their website, they make it look easy: BIOL 223, 224 and 251, then apply...but it isn't that simple.
The good news: many of these classes are offered in the summer, so it only took me 1.5 years. The bad news...many of these classes are offered in the summer, and who wants to ruin there summer!? Well, I did.
The thing I realized though, it the way they have prereqs set up, I could easily take enough other classes to satisfy the core requirements at UNR and just go there instead. I'm getting my BSN done in 3.5 years and if I went to TMCC and got my ADN, I probably would have taken just as long, if not longer since they seem to get more applicants. Both nursing schools
, once you're accepted are 4 semesters in length.
UNR accepts 48 in the spring and 48 in the fall and it's GPA based admission. I rocked my prereqs and got in with a 3.95 the first time I applied.
I hope this was helpful - feel free to PM me any questions about TMCC or Reno in general. I may have some good suggestions on who to take at TMCC.