Quote from kiki617
. . . The community colleges here have multiple year waiting lists, and they tend to go with the students who have taken the mst credits there (this actually is a requirement for where i've taken most of my prereqs). . . . Is it not really like that in philly? Also, ADN can't get hospital jobs (or at least rarely) right? I know that you would have to have a lot of experience to get into one of boston's hospitals with a ADN, and I'm almost positive they are even doing away with that all together. I'm not entirely opposed to an ADN, but if I could get a BSN in the same time frame, for just a bit more $, I would rather do that.
That's too bad about your local CC. Admission to the program at the CC I received my ADN from was competitive but based solely on your NET scores (they've since modified this and now use a combination of your standardized test score - they're now using TEAS instead of the NET - and your GPA). The top 120 or so scorers (and now I guess, the top 120 scorers with higher GPA's) are admitted, with a handful placed on a wait list. Those on the wait list would be admitted if/when someone declined their offer or failing that, got placed into the next semester's candidate pool. So there really was no waiting list. There was also no consideration given to those who had previously taken courses there (I was admitted as a transfer student who already had 2 previous degrees).
You are correct the job market for ADN's is tougher - most of my CC class, myself included, have not been able to find nursing jobs. Your goal is the BSN however and the ADN is just a stepping stone to get there, so employment as an ADN is really a moot point, isn't it? If you did want to work as a nurse, one strategy that seems to be fairly effective is to work as tech or CNA while going for your ADN and then after passing the NCLEX, get hired as an RN. Nearly everyone in my nursing class who already worked as a tech/CNA got hired on after passing the boards (I did the eve/weekend pgm and so there were quite a few of my fellow students who did this). By the way, many CC nursing programs are structured so that you are eligible to sit for the CNA after successfully completing your first semester - but check with your CC on this.
Full disclosure: My original plan was to get my ADN, work part-time for a while as an RN, then go directly to a 2nd degree MSN program. Unfortunately, in the time it took me to become an RN, the job market for ADN's in Phila deteriorated significantly and it's not really possible to find a nursing job, especially a part-time job, as an ADN (for financial reasons, I need to continue for the next several years in my present, non-health care related job). I really don't want to be an MSN with essentially no clinical experience, and so probably not employable, so I've applied to two online RN-BSN programs. The plan now is to get my BSN (hopefully, no later than the end of 2012), then find a part-time nursing job and apply to an MSN program. the ultimate goal is FNP, so the MSN is key.