Hi, I just started at NSCC's LPN to RN. I'm not sure if they changed their policy re: the points for experience; it sounds as though they have factored that in in the past. Though many of the students in my cohort worked as CNAs or at least have their license, this last cohort was admitted based on equal points split between GPA/prerequisites and their score on the HESi-A2 test (they just changed it from the TEAS).
I took the TEAS because I needed it for another application and there was some geology and physics in the science portion of the exam, whereas the HESI-A2 was Reading/Lang comp/grammar
and punctuation, Math, A&P, and a critical thinking component. I'm just starting out, but I agree that the instructors seem to be supportive, and the state recently awarded NSCC sizeable grants to build a new teaching lab with all new equpiment, so clearly the state thinks it's a good program as well. I think scores on the HESi tend to be higher on average than the TEAS because of the relevance to the prereqs. I think at this point programs competitive in general- I don't know about my cohort but the number they gave at the info session about the number of applicants for the previous cohort was 250 or so. The best advice anyone gave me about studying for the test was that the evolve/elsevier study material is fine for the math and grammar and stuff, but definitely get another book to review the A&P, like the McGraw Hill book.
Good luck with your applications!