If you take Chemistry at Essex CC, you will need to take 2 classes. Chemistry at Passaic CCC (Chemistry 103) and Middlesex CC (I believe) are equivalent (in just 1 class) because they have Organic, Inorganic and Biochemistry in the 1 class.
A friend of mine at Essex CC CLEP'ed the English 101 but now has to take it in Summer II because (since she's already registered for Eng 102 in the fall) they won't allow her to enter the Nursing Program without the actual class.
I think they are equally difficult to get into. MANY people who took the NET at Mountainside did not do well. They both give the same entrance exam, but Mountainside requires references and does not have a payment plan (although they definitely give scholarships
). They both accept about the same amount of people, but in both cases there are MANY people wanting to fill those seats. Essex CC has just about the best CC nursing program in NJ, and yes Mountainside is a GREAT school. I agree with you on that.
Also, an RN-BSN gets about $1000 more yearly than an RN-ADN or RN-Diploma. Thats not much after taxes. I personally would rather go to Essex CC than to Rutgers. The PROGRAM is better and I hear that Essex nurses get hired before Rutgers graduates do. Other programs start clinicals from the beginning of the program, Rutgers does not. I've worked with managers who do not have a bachelor's (not saying that you should not go back to get it), so that "you need a BSN to be a manager" story that everyone tells is not always true. To me: a DEGREE is NOT equivalent to EDUCATION!