Hi! I just graduated with my BA in Psychology as well as my nursing degree in December. I think that if I was able to dual major, you could definitely work while attending school. I know quite a few who did, as well as quite a few who had 4 kids and a husband and a job! You'll be fine.
I went to CCAC at California Univ. of PA. I loved it there. We were an affiliation with the South Campus CCAC and I have heard about the same thing from all of the CCAC nursing programs
, they are great. I think that no matter where you go, the only thing that matters is that you receive your degree and that you pass your NCLEX. So, what you should consider is that CCAC is affordable, while some of the other nursing schools in the city cost more. A plus to going to any of the CCAC's in the city is that you get a variety of clinical experience, both urban and rural.
You mentioned South and Boyce. I have heard from both of them that their instructors are not very nice. I think that you'll find that at any school though, and I would say I had a few instructors myself that weren't very nice. I also know quite a few students who failed out of South and transferred to my school, they mentioned that the workload there is much more demanding than it was at Cal. The problem with Cal is that our clinical experience was mostly rural, small hospitals.. i.e. Uniontown, MonValley, Westmoreland. I truly think that youll get the same experience out of all of them, though. What really matters is what you put into it, including what you take away from your clinicals or externship experiences.
The only suggestion I have is that if you care to be a great nurse, do not do the fast-track program. I tried so hard to get into it at Boyce because I wanted to finish school quickly, but I am thankful I did not. In my experience, they produce highly incompetent nurses.
Good luck in your decision!