HI dboop! I actually found out a month ago that I was accepted into Samuel Merritt's ABSN program (in San Francisco). Classes start for me in Oct and it's only 1 year!!!
As far as the NET, I actually thought it wasn't all that bad! I got an 88% composite score, actually getting 100% in the math and 76% on the Reading Comprehension(study for this part). Anyway, the way to go is with the book on the website below. It's called Hobbet help something or other, but I swear it's so similar to the test it's worth every penny! There's 2 practice test in the end that are good to study from. Read the book cover to cover and understand it, and you'll do great!
That's the website where I bought the book for the NET.
Also, I actually re-scheduled taking the exam 4 times because of other things I had going on. I called the ERI phone # 913-362-4600 to re-schedule them. I'm pretty sure they hold that test in many places in CA, so I would call and ask if you could take it at another campus and have your grade forwarded to SMC. It takes about 2-3 weeks to get the results in the mail, so make sure you do it in time for the application deadline (since you write it on the application itself, and I actually included a copy of mine in the application packet).
If you have any other questions leave me a PM!
P.S. When I talked to the admissions lady at SMC-Lizzie Mayo, she had told me that the NET score is actually really important in grouping/eliminating candidates, then GPA, then rec letters and also the personal statement. I literally had the min score of GPA for both overall and Science...so I think the NET was my biggest helper!