I just wanted to jump in here...:-)
I am a current nursing student at Clinton Community College...I will be graduating in 63 days (woohoo!)
And I know there are a lot of horror stories out there about the college I've attended, but I will be completely honest with you in clearing them up:
*Its EXTREMELY competitive. It took me two tries to get in, and I've busted my butt. I took ALL the prerequisites and got A's in most of them. They only take about 70 people to start with each year, and this year we have 43 graduating. MANY people dropped out on their own because they couldn't hack it. Some were asked to leave because they were not professional and didn't work hard enough. Few failed...and of those that did fail, many were allowed to return the following year.
*At the end of the day, becoming a nurse isn't solely based on our ability to fill in the right bubble on a scantron. Being a good nurse means having good character, strong ethics, compassion, and honesty. If a person is not any of these things yet still is able to score high grades on exams, would you want them as a nurse? Not me...I'd rather someone with all those qualities...even if they do only score Cs... This being said, I do believe the instructors at almost all colleges are able (and obliged) to "weed out" those who they feel may not be ready for this profession.
*The Nursing Program at CCC is NOT a nightmare. I've not only made the best friends of my life, I have a whole new family. Even while my instructors are superior to me, I consider them valuable friends and they have not only taught me so much, they have made me a better person. These last few years (only two years of nursing program) have been the best of my life. Even if I haven't gotten to see my husband and my children very much at all...even if I've had to skip weddings, parties, vacations, and everything else that has come along, I know the day will come when it'll be worth it.
Please don't bash a school unless you know both sides of the story. I have nothing but positive things to say about the program...and that's not just because I'm in it. I knew it would be tough going into it, and it has been the hardest thing I have ever done. I applied and was accepted to SUNY Plattsburgh in the fall of this year to achieve my Bachelor's. And I will walk proud because I will have a CCC Nursing Pin to go along with my SUNY one! :-)
Good luck to all of you!