Well I went to Maric for Medical Assisting and also tried to go for RN,but didnt pass the test. Its not that its hard, I just happened to be really sick the day I took it.(Previous Medical experience is required for the RN program @ Maric) Thats why I took Medical Assisting. You could take the other route and go for LVN if thats in your plans, but it will be very expensive @Maric. Anyways of course they have to accept you first. They do that by testing you for your Reading, Grammer and Math. You have to score atleast 50 and up on each part, but the score you are aiming for is 185 I believe, but if you score 175, you can go for your LVN. They give you 3 chances to pass, otherwise they make you wait a whole year.You also have to write a 400 word essay about your best and worst learning experience. But they have to really like your essay as well. There program is very expensive. When I went for a quote in 2005, it was
45k. I dont know what it is now. Also, they really dont like to take credits you already have from other colleges even though they say they do. Maybe they would take 1 or maybe 2. But you would have a better chance if you didnt!
As far as the waiting list at Grossmont, they told me was 1 1/2 to 2 yrs. You have to have your pre req's first before getting on it though. I dont know about Southwestern, but at City, its also 2yrs. Thats where I am at. I didn't have no problems getting into my classes i am taking now and I was a crasher!!!(Anatomy and Chemistry)and I just registered for Microbiology and Physiology for Spring! No problems there either. So I hope I can get into the waiting list by fall. In the meantime, I'll take other major courses that I still need. So the pre req's are Anatomy, Physiology and Microbiology to get into the waiting list at Grossmont, and City you need Chemistry100 to take Microbiology.
Wish you the best on your decision, just letting you know what I know!=)