I have done quite a bit of research on Columbus area schools and have decided CSCC is the best option for me. In fact, I just registered to start the summer quarter, which begins the last week of June.
Bohecker does get you through faster, but they were very expensive. I'd end up paying 3 times the amount as I'd pay at Columbus State. I didn't like the fact that none of their courses would transfer to any other institution. Also, they are very secretive. They won't give out ANY information on the phone regarding tuition, enrollment procedures, anything. You must attend an information session which is only held on Thursday evenings. If you're not available on Thursday evenings, then you're out of luck.
Columbus State does have a bit of a wait, but you actually don't have to wait. Here is why... You must have NURC 101 (the STNA certification class) as well as NUC 102, 2 Chemistry classes, and Math 103 before you can apply to the program. That means you have to take NURC 101 this summer, because its a pre req for NURC 102, which must be taken in the Autumn quarter in time to apply in January 2008. That's when the next applications will be accepted. So while I'm waiting to apply I'll be taking the prerequisites. Since I'm going to school full time, I'll also be taking some of the other non-nursing classes I need. In January 2008 I will apply. I'll spend Spring and Summer 2008 completing some of the non-nursing courses required for my major. For Jan 2008 applicants, nursing classes will start Autumn 2008 or Spring 2009. It depends on how many apply and where you are in that list. So while you're waiting for the nursing part to begin you can have all of the other classes out of the way. When your nursing classes begin you can concentrate solely on those classes and clinics. So even though you can't start the nursing program right now, there are plenty of classes to keep you busy from now until then.
Registration for summer is open but in order to register for the NURC 101 class you must have a physical and a 2 step TB test done first at your doctor's office. If you're considering doing this, you have to do it now as the classes will fill fast (per what my advisor told me) since this is the last quarter you can start your NURC classes and be done in time to apply to the nursing program in January 2008. If you miss it now you have to wait until 2009 to apply.
If anyone wants more info, you can send me a PM. I did a lot of research and spoke to quite a few people about the program. I am in no way affiliated with CSCC, I just wanted to share what I've learned about getting in. Also, once you complete the first NURC class and pass the exam you are a STNA. You can be working as an STNA while going to school. After 6 months to a year you could start working in a hospital.
Something else I found out. The LPN program takes almost as long as the RN Associates track. So I figured I may as well just go for the RN track. (If you want to do it online you must have a previous bachelors degree in any field.) One staff member I talked to said its a very new online program and many people are dropping it to take the hands on classes. People tend to do better sitting in the classroom she said.
One last thing. If you plan to go to CSCC, and you want to take your STNA somewhere else, you can transfer the credit but you have to pay a $50 fee.