I see that your here in Iowa too. I started out last year applying to my first choice CC, and after receiving a letter stating that they were revamping the selection process I came to the conclusion that I wouldn't be accepted. This of course was in Dec, I was hoping to get into the program for Fall 04'. Well I then applied to a few other schools here in Iowa, one 70 miles away and another 100 miles away, they were both CC so the cost was low, being a single mom of 2 I need to save as much as I can. However, I didn't feel as if I really wanted to drive an extra 2 to 3 hours each day, especially in the winter, just to go to class for a few hours, which would leave me with less time to study and less time with the kids. On top of that I would have to maintain a part time or possibly full time job as well. I received acceptence letter from the "distant" CC, one saying I was accepted for fall 05' and the other on the alternative list for fall 04'
I was accepted into one but the cost was 16k per year (ouch), even with loans, scholarships, and a pell grant, I would still have to fork out a could K's per year. That all occured last Friday, when I went to talk to the admission rep.
Monday morning I went and checked my mail...... and low and behold there was my acceptence letter from my first choice CC!! I was sooo happy!!
My advice to you would be to apply to as many schools as you can to see if you can get into the program as soon as possible, however if it is not possible, you could always start working on the elective credits for your BSN (if you are thinking about getting one in the future).
Where at in Iowa are you, the private school that I was accepted to will more in likely take you for fall 04' if you really want to go! I can let you know where it is at, since now they have an extra opening
Good luck with your choice!!