As far as South College goes, expensive: Yes however, accredited and a good program. When looking for a school you should look not only at the price but the statistics (graduation rate, teacher/ student ratio, accreditation, job placement rate and NCLEX pass rate)
South college has a 90% graduation rate
South College has a 93% NCLEX pass rate
Blue Ridge CC is on probation from the state due to, last I saw, NCLEX 33% pass rate.
AB Tech has a 76% NCLEX pass rate. and a wait list, they say they don't but if you don't have your pre-requisites completed good luck getting them done in a reasonable time period as some classes are only offered once a year and fill up quickly. A friend has been waiting 2 years to get in due to this.
I just graduated from the program, 1st time pass the NCLEX, was on the wait list at AB Tech would just be starting the program, went to South College, and I'm out, working. I had 3 job offers from hospitals before I graduated and 10 after.
Its a personal thing, I guess. But the staff was more than professional and the program is challenging. So If you want to wait, wait, if money is an issue, it was and is for me, it is an issue. Yes it is a private for profit school however my experience at the college was great. I had all the same concerns about the college but after enrolling I was pleased. South College is a good school with a good rep at the hospitals. I had no problems at all. Also on a side note, 2015 they will have a BSN program, fully accredited. And for all the people that say credits won't transfer to other schools
, well they are wrong. I'm enrolled at a RN-MSN program, not online but at Duke University and they took everything.
So if you want to wait for a cheaper alternative, then wait but my experience with the staff and school was a positive one, and my 21 classmates (which all passed the NCLEX the first time) will share the same experience. Anyone who wants to PM me about my experience please do.