First thing, you don't go into male nursing. I myself am a male nursing student, not going into male nursing but going into nursing. You do need school to be a nurse, you need an associates or a bachelors to be a nurse, for the Registered Nurse. the other route is a LPN (licensed practical nurse) which is a license or diploma up to a degree depending where you go. The difference is RNs have the ability to assess and more autonomy than an LPN. In addition RNs can be incharge of LPNs. The pay difference is RNs make more than LPNs, but money shouldnt be the main thing your interested in. The difference between community colleges compared to universities varies from school to school. most often, a community college costs significantly less than a university, however usually community college only offers an associates while a university may offer both. also, some universities offer an accelerated bachelors of nursing if you already have a bachelors, but you don't so thats not an option. Nursing programs
are competitive, so you do need to have good grades, however being a male does slightly help but not enough if your grades arent up to standard.