The school that I will be attending (at a pricey, private college) is very generous with transfer credits. They will accept anything that I passed from my first time in college... over 25 years ago! That said, I don't think that is to anyone's advantage when it is a course that will affect my nursing. I am more than happy to get credit on my spanish drama class for humanities... but I am glad to retake A&P... things have changed there in the past 2 decades! I have also retaken english since I know that I will write many papers. Right now I have accepted their credit to my 16 year old nutrition class, but I may go ahead and retake that too, since certainly ideas about nutrition are constantly changing.
There is a current nursing shortage, but do you notice that there is also a huge amount of people trying to get into the field? I think that many try to pursue it because of the projected salaries instead of the calling. At least that is my observation of 'nursing' students in my prereq classes. When I am the one laying in the hospital bed, believe me, I want to know that my nurse has had an adequate education and not been allowed to skim through on outdated credits.
About other states and their programs... I think that most states are really in the same boat. A gal in my biochem class was saying the other day that she thought she may go back to the mainland for her nursing program. "There are a ton of programs there and no waiting lists." I just listened... I knew that she hadn't been visiting this site!