Yes, they are moving to only the BSN option come next August, however, I felt there might be students who have just started the program now in August, as well as students who have been accepted or wait-listed for the January semester that still have questions :) But yes, you are correct, they are no longer going to be a diploma program after the January class.
One of the big draws of Sentara is that the program does offer many additional clinical hours. From the first semester on you are in the skills labs and the hospital. I definitely feel that made a difference between the Sentara program and other local nursing programs. In the last semester, when we performed our role transition 'preceptorship' it was very apparent who the Sentara students were, versus other nursing school students.
Also, just being familiar with the hospital system and the computerized charting system was very helpful to ease the transition from student nurse to new graduate employee.
As far as the job search, I'll be honest. I think it's all about how much effort you put into it. We had representatives come in from human resources in our last semester and begin setting up interviews, and some people found jobs through that route. I was set up with two interviews through human resources, but I found my job through networking with the nurse manager on my preceptorship floor. She referred me to another manager in the same hospital, and I was hired prior to taking NCLEX or actual graduation. Others in my class were not so fortunate and took longer to get jobs, but in all honesty, I think they expected the school to practically find a job for them because it was a hospital based program.
Hope this helps! :typing