Hi! I can feel your frustration (and totally relate). Honestly, for the longest I have pursued nursing on and off since I started my undergrad (received my degree in 2016). It took me three solid years to finally make things happen. There are so many things that I have done that I regret, but also so many lessons I have learned that are very priceless. I hope I can help you feel less frustrated as I've learned quite a few things through this process. Most labs have to be in class, so I say if you can afford it please take it at a city college (they have options for night classes, it's very rare that they would take an online lab, plus I took an A&P course that had the lecture online and lab in class that might work better for you). Also, there are Facebook groups dedicated to studying for the TEAS and HESI A2. I found them extremely resourceful as the groups acted like a study group and support group. I know living cost is extremely high in LA and there are quite a few absn programs here in norcal (where I reside). Please look into CSU Stanislaus, the central valley is quite affordable and the program isn't pricey either. I felt like giving up so many times , as I am not an ideal candidate. I have experiences, but I don't quite have the superb grades. But, if I never try I will continue living with regrets. So please don't give up. In the words of maya Angelou "we may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated". Merry Christmas and wishing you all the best !!
Ps. I made like a list of schools with their requirements (some have point matrix available, due dates for application, recommended teas/HESI score, etc) and just planned out which schools to knock out first during application season. With most CSU , you would have to apply to the school first then apply to the program during their "cycle" ( yes 2 apps for one school, extremely chaotic). Some of these CSU use nursingcas while some do the old fashion way (just gotta find out so you know what to expect, nursingcas is extremely easy to use. if you have multiple programs that use nursingcas you can easily add the programs into the nursingcas application and do it all on that platform). Best of luck to you.