OP, I'm in the same boat. I've always wanted to be an RN, but several roadblocks kept me from doing it. ("You have a 2-3 year waiting list? And your cohorts only start every other year?? No, I don't want to be added to your mailing list.") My favorite was the school that looked over all my transcripts, then told me that in addition to retaking anatomy (which I aced a few years prior) I would also have to take the basic reading comprehension test, which of course costs even more money. You have my transcripts there, right? See the section that says I have a masters degree in education with a 4.0 GPA? Yeah - reading comprehension isn't an issue for me, so I'm not paying to take the test just to get on YOUR waiting list.
Finally I decided to start checking out LPN programs. My rationale being, if I have to wait 2-3 years before I can get into an RN program, I might as well do SOMETHING. Then I can work as a nurse while I go back to school for my RN. I finished my LPN program back in July, and I started running into the same issues as before when I looked at RN programs. Outrageously long waiting lists, unless you want to pay an arm and a leg. Daytime-only programs. Sorry, I work for a living. No, I won't quit my job to go to school - I'm single. How do you think I'm paying for school? How can I log in to check e-mails and submit assignments if I'm broke, living in a refrigerator box under a highway overpass? How about offering some online classes, evening/weekend clinicals, something like that? Nope, they don't do that.
I was so glad to find ISU's LPN-to-BSN program. Still lots of hoops to jump through and a little on the expensive side, but online classes and local clinicals arranged at my convenience? Sign me up. I'll get my RN license without actually attending an RN program, and finish with a BSN as well. I start my first semester next week, and I'm very excited!