I just came across this post and wanted to clarify something on the Owens wait lists. Yes, it seems outrageous when you first hear the wait list dates, but it's nowhere near as bad as it seems at first. I applied initiall in May of '09. I have a Bachelor's degree already in another field, but still needed several classes in order to meet the prereq requirements. I was awarded a seat to begin in August 2012. HOWEVER, now that I am completing my prerequisites at Owens, I can reapply at the end of this semester (less than two weeks from now) and will then my seat will be reevaluated. According to the advisor I spoke with, I should get bumped up to August 2011 (latest). And in the meantime there are a couple more classes required for the program that I can take before clinicals begin (intro to nursing concepts, patho, etc) So the wait list is really setting me back a year at most. Worth it to me to save the money.
Also, GPA does factor in with the wait lists at Owens. For example, when filling the August '11 seats, they fill from highest GPA down...so someone with a 3.5 is going to have a better chance of getting a seat than someone with a 2.6. The person with a 2.6 may not be able to start until January - depending on how many people are on the wait list.