I would suggest looking at the program info on their respective web pages. Also there are about a billion nursing programs in this area. so, check them all out. I know that is going to be really
time consuming but definately look at them with your own eyes and make a plan. While people on AN may be really helpful and awesome, they can also be really
wrong or out of date. (I heart you guys but lets face it, this is the internet...)
What i did was first do all of the pre-reqs that they all had in common. (A&P and Chem are mandatory for most of them) then i did the rest of the pre reqs in order of application due date. If you are a FT student you can knock it out in a year and a half depending on if you need math remediation or not. also, keep in mind that while they say the minimum GPA is 2.5-3.0 most of them are admitting only the ~4.0 students. (Except Bellevue, seattle central, and South Seattle, but you will see why on their info pages)
Which is harder to get into between BC and SCCC? Neither of them is GPA based for admissions other than meeting the minimum. But SCCC is first come first serve mail in only and Bellevue goes predominantly on a aptitude test. so, either be really good at standardized tests, or get really lucky.
Which is better? Dunno... SCCC is not as organized. call their office and you will know what i mean. lots of "uh... i dont know" from them if you ask them a question. also, I heard a rumor (By definition this is second hand knowledge and could be totally wrong if you have heard otherwise please chime in) that SCCC students are not as well recieved at the hospitals for clinical becasue of the organizational issues. whether this is propoganda from other schools, i dont know. Ihave not heard anything about BC, so they could go either way. I have had a wonderful experience with them throughout the application/ admission process though.
Most (if not all) require all pre reqs to be completed before applying.
Here is a list of schools in the area that i know of. Most are within seattle Good luck!
North Seattle CC
South Seattle CC
Seattle Central CC
Lake Washington TechC
Edmunds CC (I might have made this one up... but i am pretty sure it is one i looked into.)
Bellevue College (My future school
Seattle Pacific U
I would suggest making a spread sheet when you do your research it will save you time later when you are planning classes each quarter.
Can you tell I am bored at work by the length of this response? I hope it helped and did not bore you to tears.