you don't have to take your pre-req's at a community college. you can use EC exams, or CLEP or DANTES exams. I needed all the pre-req's and I did it using all EC exams and 1 CLEP.
I didn't buy any College Network, Chancellor's, Moore, RUE, etc. I got the textbooks either free from a friend (who also got them free...long story), and I got others I needed from half.com. You can get them cheap if you look. I didn't use anyone else's "notes" off ebay. If you trust those, as some students have, you can get yourself burned. Read the material you need. Get a good NCLEX review book (I used Saunder's). I swear, everything that EC wants you to know is reviewed in it. If I had problems with an area, I woud read the book, google info, whatever I needed till I understood the content.
The most expensive part will be the CPNE, simply because you need travel, lodging, etc.
I can't believe the publishing co. are telling people it's "MORE" to go through EC? That's crazy! It's MORE to pay all the same fees that EC requires and then also pay for "their" study guides! Wow. Some of those "study systems" are over 300 dollars a piece. That's adding 3-5,000 dollars over the cost you will be paying EC to test out on the exams (or CLEP, or CC, etc). Don't fall for that.
And if you're wondering how long it takes (one poster did...). There is a 7 year limit on the ADN program. You can go as fast as you want (I completed all the credits in about a year or so) or as slow as you want. However, once you get to CPNE time, EC does move slow. It takes a month to get a date, then depending on how long it takes to study for CPNE, maybe six months. They say up to 9 months to wait for cpne date. Then post CPNE, you must wait for them 4-6 weeks to update your status, and then you'll be assigned a graduation date. Each state is different in whether you can take NCLEX before you "graduate" or whether you can just send a complete transcript. Kinda confusing for those who haven't been through that yet, but I hope I described it fair. So the biggest wait is for the CPNE, definately.
Oh, the whole program cost me about 6,000. Just FYI. Good Luck!!!