I'm actually going to be unable to attend either orientation! I'll be in Chicago that week and there's no way I can attend. It's a major hassle, as I'll be sure to miss out on a lot of information.
Yes I'd say the 2 1/2-3 year assessment is right-- for the Grossmont and SDCC nursing programs as well as for the dental hygiene program at Southwestern (those are the three programs to which I applied). This fall it will have been 2 1/2 years since my acceptance to SDCC and Southwestern and I still don't know when I'll be accepted at Grossmont, so that will have been at least three years.
I also have a bachelors already (though a BA) and so was inelgible for the SDSU program. I have been told by nurse friends that the higher pay a BSN receives also applies to a bachelors + RN graduate. A friend who has her MSN degree and who is a GREAT resource, as she's worked at different hospitals all over SD and has had every type of job related to nursing imaginable (research, legal advising, management, clinics, triage from home, teaching etc) recommended SDCC and Grossmont both, saying she's been impressed with the caliber of the students coming from these programs. That, coupled with the price, there's a reason why there's such a long waitlist for both. As an aside, I've heard (frankly) less than flattering things about National University's program, which is something like $40-45,000. You might be able to get in sooner (and it is a BSN not just associates) but it may not be worth rushing into as you'll be paying so much more for a lesser recommended school.