When people ask this question it really burns my butt...:angryfire. There are MANY people out there that think a community college is not as good as a university, however, that is soooooooo UNTRUE.
I love my CC. It has the best reputation in our tri-state area for turning out spectacular nurses. The tuition is less expensive, the class is small, and we train at the exact same hospitals sooner and longer than many of the University Students. I am very proud of the depth of knowledge and independence that I have aquired throughout my program.
And just as an aside.... A couple weeks back at a local hospital, we were doing clinicals alongside another group of BSN students who were within a semester of graduating. My friend nudged my arm, pointing at one of these students standing at the med cart down the hall. She was getting frustrated trying to draw up something from a vial. It was POWDER!!! It took her about 10min to finally figure it out while we just snickered to ourselves. Geez!
I was thankful that day that I had learned so much, and had so much clinical experience to draw from. Later that day she told us that they didn't even begin clinicals until after their third semester.
Not to say that a University is not a great place to attain your degree. There are many awesome programs and opportunities available. However, the quality is not any better just because it costs more, or you go longer. You really should check in deeper to the programs, schools, accreditation, and NCLEX pass rate. (Ours is 99%!!!!)