Well, this is just my opinion, so please take it as only my opinion.
Perhaps, if you get a substantial financial aid package you should get into the program with openings. It's sad, but a couple of associates of mine have been waitlisted for the local CC. I would have rather gone directly for my RN also instead of going the LPN route, but I personally couldn't afford to be waitlisted until 2005, and THEN go to school for two years. The sad thing is Tisha, my good friend, was waitlisted in 2003 for this coming Fall, and she still didn't get her letter, and a lot of other people have. (Happy thoughts, but it has been 7 weeks since the school started mailing them out.
) My growing family is depending on me to help with the finances soon. All in all, it all depends on your situation and what you feel in your heart. If you can afford to wait (financially, spiritually, emotionally) by all means, do it. However, if there is a need to complete your education and get employment ASAP, go with the sure thing...and in the meantime seek programs or look into employers who do loan repayment on your behalf. A LOT of hospitals have loan forgiveness programs!