I just faced that dilemma. I applied and was accepted at Westminster College in SLC, Utah. It's a first year program. My reasons for accepting were...
-Westminster has been around for over a century.
-All of thier undergrad/grad programs are highly respected and very competitive.
-They already had a well developed APRN/MSN program.
-Westminster is very well funded and has made a large investment (commitment) to the long term success of all of thier academic programs.
-I felt very good about the program's plan that was presented at the interview.
-I don't have to move my family.
-I was accepted.
My bottom line....All programs are required to teach certain criteria and meet certain clinical criteria. As SRNA's, we all have to pass the same boards and prove that we are clinically competent.
One of a program's most valuable selling points is its student's board passing rate. There's no shortcut that you can take to pass the boards if you don't know your stuff. Westminster has a huge amout invested in the first (and subsequent) classes. Our performance directly reflects on the quality of thier program.
So, I think that if a new program is well planned and has great support from the parent institution, the program and it's student's will suceed.
Jason...just my .02 cents