Quote from klone
As far as how long it will take - an ADN usually takes three years - one year for prerequisites and 2 years for the core nursing program. For a BSN, I believe the whole thing takes 4 years (possibly 5?).
Given your situation (fresh from high school), an ADN probably will take actually 4 years also because you need to get other Associate degree requirement out of the way also. Also it is not likely you will get into A&P classes until at least 1, if not 2 years of taking other classes because some schools are so impacted that you won't have high enough priority to get in since it is base on how many units you have (Everybody takes A&P from premeds to respiration therapist to nursing to...). Take a look at the school you are interested.
All things being equal, go for a BSN straight which is 4 years in lots of cases. With a BSN, you have a lot more flexibility to move around in your career if you choose to.
For ADN, as mentioned before, it usually has a cost advantage.
Let's see... you can go to a community college and get your lower division out of the way and then transfer to a 4 year university. Class sizes usually are smaller in a community college and a lot cheaper.
While I am at it... look at http://www.ratemyprofessors.com
and see if the school you are interested is in there. I use this site quite often in picking which teachers I want. So far, it is working well for me. Just keep in mind that just because the teacher has one or two bad comment, it does not mean the teacher is bad (it could be the student just didn't study and had a grudge). Don't look at the rating so much as the detail comments. For example, if mulitple people say the teacher has a sense of humor, then that probably is true.