I just graduated from the Owens LPN program, and start the regular RN program (not the LPN bridge) next week at Owens.
I was in a similar situation as yours. I had a 4.0 GPA in all nursing pre-reqs and overall GPA of a 3.9. Since I'd worked so hard, I thought opportunity would be there. I want to eventually be a nurse practitioner, so the last thing I wanted was to wait years to get into an ADN program. I did look into schools
in the area, but really wanted to go to Owens due to its nursing reputation, flexibility of classes (my ADN will be almost all online), and affordablity.
In between all the talk about Owens having "years" of a wait list is the fact that Owens now weighs GPA and other factors. For me, I applied in August '07 (feeling I'd be waiting years to get in), but got a letter of acceptance for Sept. '08, which is exactly one year. In my research, I'd learned of the great patient care experience and the excellent program of the LPN program. Something pushed me in that direction, especially since I believe in experience to be so valuable toward becoming a good NP, and I applied for the LPN too. I got in for that Jan '08 class, and asked to defer my RN acceptance to the next semester so I could finish the LPN program. Knowing what I know now, I'd not have done it any other way. Regardless of the judgement made toward LPNs by many RNs (which is a lesson in and of itself), I think I'll be a better nurse through my entire career because of my LPN experience. Plus, I'll be working each step of the way as a nurse, gaining tuition money and experience.
Anyway, just thought I'd share that you need to focus on what YOU have to offer, get out there, apply, talk to the people who make the decisions for getting your information, and most importantly, look for ways to add to your particular goals (and this isn't always the traditional, as I've learned).