Good luck to you guys! I was accepted at both MiraCosta and Palomar for Fall 2017 and decided to go to MiraCosta! We start on August 21st
. I went to both orientations and can tell you that both are really strong programs. In first semester, Palomar's schedule has you on campus 5 days a week (one day is open lab that they expect you to go to) for the first 8 weeks, and then you go down to 2 days I believe plus one day of clinical. MiraCosta is 4 days for the first 8 weeks and then 1-2 days plus one day of clinical. Honestly you will be happy with either program. I have heard that Palomar is pretty strict and I did get that impression during orientation. MiraCosta seemed to have a little more of a laid back vibe from the staff, but still just as intense of a program. I took my pre-reqs at MiraCosta and really love the school, so I just felt more comfortable going with MiraCosta
. Points wise I had 88pts at MiraCosta (and I was originally an alternate), and I had 84 points at Palomar and was accepted on the first round of notifications.
I don't know much about Grossmont, but have also heard it is a strong program, and they have a new SIM lab. Generally I think it is a little easier to get into Grossmont than Palomar or MiraCosta as they accept more students per cohort.
Also for any of your app questions at MiraCosta you should email their secretary, her info is on the nursing page. She answers quickly and is very helpful!