I am in the University of Northern Colorado traditional program and carpool with a friend from Denver. It takes her about 50 min or so to get to campus and she lives off of Federal & Speer (I think). UNC is strictly GPA based and if I remember right, the accelerated class was about a 3.5 GPA. I know in the traditional they look at the last 45 credits, but it could be different with the accelerated class and may just look at pre-reqs. The accelerated program goes for 5 semesters (incl summer) straight through.
UNC does require additional pre-reqs than the other schools, and to be honest, I was bummed at first, but totally 'get it' now. I had all the regular pre-reqs done for UCD (I was denied) and then needed to get my CNA, biochem, pharm, patho & a medical nutrition class to be able to apply to UNC. But, to be honest, I am not bothered at all by being denied by UCD... I absolutely LOVE my school, my teachers, and my classmates (36 class size).
As for clinical sites, since I live south as well (Brighton) there isn't as much competition for the Denver sites, so that is nice. The farthest north I have been for clinicals is Loveland and am now at PVMC in Brighton, with Children's & the Denver VA coming up in the next semesters. We get top notch clinical sites and our school, although not well known down south, is very well respected in the northern part of the state. We are a small (~10k) state university and have a 93% NCLEX pass rate for 2011. Oh, I don't know what the other schools do for their preceptorships, but you can choose any hospital in the *US* in ours. They just need to have an agreement with them and will set it all up for you.
BTW... I too did all my pre-reqs online (except Pharm & medical nutrition) at a community college. Look into that as an option and save your driving for when you NEED to be on campus (AND....you can start while you are still in your current location).
Good luck to you...and don't forget the online classes - why wait..even if it's only one class or two.