Harcum College (in Rosemont/Bryn Mawr, a few blocks from the R5 line), a 2-year college, has a 1 year RN program (for people with a previous Bachelor's), and an 18 month RN program. The 1 year program is something like 2 evenings/week, and BOTH weekends for the entire year. The 18 month program was 1 or 2 nights of classes, and 2 or 3 evenings of clinicals. I believe you get an ASN from the college, as well as the chance to sit for the NCLEX.
When I was looking at schools
, I was primarily deciding between Jefferson, Drexel and Harcum. I went to open houses at those three. The Drexel program seems to have the highest NCLEX pass rates in the state. The Jefferson one seemed to be a good program with a pretty low dropout rate. Drexels seemed a little higher. But, Jefferson requires letters of reccomendation, wheras Drexel doesn't. I figure a significant amount of the dropout rates would be from people that just aren't ready for, nor expecting, the courseload for accelerated programs.
I think when I was mentally preparing myself for applications, I put Jefferson as #1, Drexel #2, Harcum #3 (solely because it was only an ASN, not BSN). I applied to Drexel first, as it didn't require letters of reccomendation and had the earliest application 'deadline'. I recieved the acceptance before finishing the other applications (literally a few days away), and decided to accept.