I am enrolled in the LPN program at Carrington for their July 2nd start date. In Portland, OR
I chose that route because I had the same issue with the community colleges. Yeah, there's plenty of them, but the process to get in and the wait list once you DO get your pre reqs done is ridiculous! I want to be a nurse in ONE year, not in EIGHT! And that's if you're even accepted. Carrington is easy to get into, it's a first come first served thing. I was their 5th person signed up for the July start date.
Yes, Carrington is expensive, but time is money, IMO. I'd rather pay a little more and get right in than pay less and wait for years, hoping to get in. Besides, I have heard lots of complaints that the community colleges throw in lots of unexpected costs they don't tell you about.
My CNA instructor went to Carrington and so did several people she knows and they all very highly recommend it. She is enrolled in the LPN to RN bridge at Longview Community College in WA. They have an online option so you only have to drive up there maybe once or twice a month for exams. She lives in Hillsboro, OR.
Plus, the RUMOR is that Carrington is putting in an RN program in Portland. When I was there enrolling, they had a whole new wing that they said was for nursing. I said "So you are putting in an RN program". He just smiled and said we aren't allowed to discuss that, but it WOULD be nice wouldn't it? So, I bet they'll have their own RN bridge program in place soon anyway.
And I have had MANY people tell me NEVER do Medical Assisting. The job market is very slim and many of those students have had to go back and do an LPN route instead because they couldn't get work as an MA. And Carrington's MA program is supposedly not very good. I've heard that the only thing they do well is the Nursing Programs.
Let me know if you get in! I'd love to get to know some fellow classmates.