Baptist is actually getting it changed over so the students will be rewarded with an associates degree by graduation. I'm not sure when exactly it will be changed, but I graduate in May of 09 and they said we'd probably have it by then... Even so, their program will be the same. It doesn't really make that much of a difference... an RN's an RN, and bridge RN-BSN programs acknowledge diploma as equivalent to an ADN.
As far as the school goes. I've just loved it so far. The first sem. instructors are awesome. Everyone is really nice and encouraging. We have rotations at really good hospitals... and the people there seem to think more highly of baptist students than ones from other programs. We get a lot more hands-on then the UTSA nursing students and the focus is more on bedside hands-on nursing. As soon as we learn something we're doing it in clinical. And we started clinicals practically right away.
SAC's supposed to be good too... but the drop rate's a lot higher. And you have to wear all white scrubs
. As opposed to navy blue. =) I've heard mixed things about the instructors there too. But overall I'm sure it's a good program. Both of the schools NCLEX pass rate is in the 90's.
My advice would be to go for Baptist. But I probably am biased some. Haha.