Hi Future Male Nurse,
Congratulations-- and good question! What an exciting time for you.
I'm a future lady nurse who was faced with the very same dilemma not too long ago. Ultimately, I decided to go to CNM, and I'm satisfied with my choice. Here's the inside scoop: I've heard nothing but *excellent* word of mouth/reports about SFCC. My limited experience w/ program administrators was 100% positive; they were prompt, efficient, and polite. I dig the campus and the resources. I have a friend who graduated from SFCC and was offered a job immediately after graduation. All of that said, I chose CNM and am exceedingly glad that I did. The two main reasons why: 1) financial -- my in-district tuition is @$300/semester, and 2) many of the people in my class/program are UH-mAAAzing. Through my pre-nursing and nursing courses, I've made great friends with smart, caring, kind, funny, people. They are the true treasure of this experience! I'm a second (third/fourth?!)-career person in her 30's. I have a grad degree in another subject. A considerable group of my peers is on the same page; they're trying something new. So, I feel like I'm in good company. If that's your circumstance, too, it might be something to think about. Not sure what the sitch is at SFCC, but CNM hosts a diverse crowd--which is fantastic. Also, I've lived in Burque for many years, so a move to SFe would have entailed uprooting my life. I'm really glad that I decided to stay in town. Nursing school is a huge change in and of itself! The program at CNM is less than optimal, but totally manageable. If you want to message me, I'm happy to give more details. One more thing to consider: If you were to attend CNM, you'd experience clinicals at a variety of major hospitals (UNM, Pres, VA, etc.), vs. SFe, which has St. Vincent's and not much else... (unless the school has you commuting to El Burque?). So, in sum, if moving to SFe means uprooting your life, I'd think twice! Both are associates programs, as you well know, so I'd do what's most convenient/most appealing to you at this point. I welcome any questions you have. Best of luck!