Another option besides the cc is considering the private schools. While they require a great deal of tuition, most offer substantial scholarships
for high GPA's in addition to other financial options.
Often there are no waiting lists.
A friend of mine was looking at a 3 yr wait at a jr. college -- and finally figured that she would be loosing money going that route (a substantial amount) vs the private college where she could get immediate acceptance. (She was working as a paramedic.) While the initial tuition was prohibitive, they offered her a scholarship
for her high GPA, and she took loans for the rest. She will complete her degree before she would have started at the cc.
I applied to a different private college that immediately knocked 4000 off the tuition for GPA -
So the "sticker shock" is not so bad - all the rest is managable, many loans are forgivable in nursing.
I know this is not an option for everyone, but I think it is worth considering for many. Do not dismiss it without going in, discussing w/ the nursing admissions and financial aid office. You never know what they have available.