It was a three year program at one point, I graduated from it and it was not any easy walk in the park, it was a rigorous program. It was 4 long nights a week , with intensive clinical and it prepared me well. We all felt we learned enough to have earned our BS when we graduated. We graduated with diploma and Associates and we already had BS degrees in other fields , we were all 2nd degree students.
You can not tell me that a BS degree makes someone a better nurse, they may be better educated on paper but thats it because I have seen LPNs that could work rings around BSNs that had no common sense! What makes a good nurse comes from the heart, it is what is inside him/her, the motivation to care, the empathy, the sympathy, the fortitude.
It is shame that they are closing Helene Fuld, but there is more to the story, I am sure.