The background check is no biggy, especially if you just recently did one (at least where I'm located). I was already in the database a while back but at the time they didn't save the fingerprints. So I went in to a local place that did them (it was like a fed ex drop off location or something ten minutes from my house) had an appointment and in and out in five minutes. Got a call a few hours later saying I was cleared.
If nursing programs
still work the way they did when I first went to school, your first few (4-6) weeks will be nurse's aide type instruction. You will know what you need to do to take the certification exam. You will probably have a few clinical days for this as well so you will have practiced hands on the physical part of the certification. It's really not that hard.
The fact that they will help pay for your tuition is great (though there will probably be strings attached-a commitment per say if time). Having an employer that will be flexible with your school schedule is a must. You will need time to study and you can't miss much class time, especially clinical if your work won't give you the day off. The school will drop you.
The experience will also help you when it comes to clinicals. Let's face it, a good amount of your clinical time will be filled with aide tasks, with higher level licensed material filtered in here and there.
I worked as an aide my last semester of LPN school. I made more money than my former retail position and I had a job at that hospital the minute my license posted on MQA.