I graduated from the evening program last May - I'm a mentor now for a day student, so I heard the news from her. I can't believe they are suspending it and only accepting 32 applicants. That is so unfair to everyone on the waiting list. If I were you I would apply to all the programs in the area - NSCC, Middlesex, plus there are some in NH - St. Joe's and Rivier (sp?). I heard Regis College has ongoing admissions - one of my pre-req classmates ended up there after not getting into NECCO. Don't put your hopes on just one school. Yes, you may have to commute farther, but you'll get used to that eventually.
As far as the TEAS goes, obviously it has become the key to getting into the program - along with a really good GPA in your pre-reqs. Don't take the TEAS lightly! Study for it as you would any high stakes test. Buy the study guide. Bone up on your math, grammer, and weird sciences (like ecology and genetics, and there were even questions about electricity for christ sake!) I had a 4.0 GPA and got a 89% on the TEAS and got put on the waiting list, but they called me the next day and offered me a slot. They also have to fill a certain number of spots with men and minorities, so you have a little better chance if you are considered one.
Well, good luck, guys - I hope you get in someplace...and don't be discouraged! If you don't get in this time there is always next year, and other schools around to try.