That's interesting. Here's the program info, to save others looking it up: http://www.edinboro.edu/dotAsset/631038.pdf
Pitt does something like that, but has more prereqs.
15 months of 5 days/week plus all of the reading and memorizing and paperwork you'll have to do probably will mean you give up your entire life outside of school. I think if one has the extreme desire to become a nurse, finds all of the coursework interesting, and can skim-read and pick up concepts fast, that it might be a great accelerated program to pursue. I did one year of a diploma school program that was really intense and a huge, huge, monopolizer of our time like that, and I totally burned out and will probably never go back to nursing, ever. 5 days per week, all day every day, and grind away at it all the time every weekend and evening really killed my desire for RN. Every time I look back on that, I feel the flogging that I took. I will run up & down the floors and scrub patients and do physical work all day, but try to make me to sit though 6-8 hours daily of yapping lectures and then demand that I go home and sit all night and every weekend reading, studying, cramming, and doing paperwork, and I will have to keel you. ;-D
You from the West Coast: Erie and Meadville and Edinboro and Northeast (that's a town) all of that region are in a huge snow belt
that gets lake effect snows from Lake Erie. Deep snows, that stay on the ground for weeks or months, even. This year seems to be a mild winter (I'm in NW PA) but my advice to you is:
1. Bring a good reliable vehicle that has 4WD or is front wheel drive.
2. Plan on buying some Blizzaks or Winterforce snow tires if you have a car. Use 'em Nov - Mar.
3. Or get some AT (all terrain) tread tires if you have a truck or SUV.
Input your vehicle on TireRack.com and look through all of the tire selections reviews to find out how people rated that tire for winter / snow / ice and rain ON YOUR ACTUAL VEHICLE. Why? Because handling characteristics vary, and good on one car may be abysmal on a different car. Maybe you can find a good all-season compromise tire, but if you're not used to snow/ice, it's best to go with a dedicated winter tire those months. But if you don't have a friend w/ a garage to store your extra wheels & tires, all-season might be what you'll have to settle for.
4. Remember, always, that the key to driving on snow and ice is always have really good tires, and SLOW DOWN.
I'm serious, don't come here without a vehicle that is suitable for winter, because the ice, freezing rain, and snow can make driving a real ordeal. I'm particularly thinking about having to drive to Meadville for clinicals. Meadville is a rural area, and in a rural area, everyone has trucks & 4WDs and you don't want to be the person w/ the lil' flimsy car that has no traction.
Aside from that, I don't know what the student lifestyle is like up there. I'm older and out of that loop, but I do know that proximity to Erie does offer some culture and activities that Meadville & Crawford Mercer County don't have. Most people's kids here go to Penn State Behrend or to Edinboro, and they prefer to stay up there and work during summers, for the social life.