A 2.5 year wait is a LONG wait if you ask me.
Are there any other community colleges around that have shorter lists? I think the longest one I have heard of was a year and a half.
I don't live in CO so I don't have any advice specific to that, but I would suggest checking out other schools
. I agree the ADN is a good way to go, and there is nothing wrong w/going to a community college.
I know some schools if you are an LPN/LVN (same thing) first, then you can get your RN in 1 year instead of 2 (or something similar to that). I think it's a good idea to have some form of healthcare experience either while you are in the RN program, or before. So I would not be opposed to getting your LVN/LPN if that is what it comes down to.
I would check out other community colleges and see what their wait list is...2.5 years is a really long time.