Couple of other things I've noticed about the subject:
- because they are smaller, private non-for-profits tend to apply the same required courses to all students, whatever they're actually studying for. One school I know has LPN, BSN and medical assitant students attending same "Pharm I" lectures, with the idea that NCLEX is the same for everyone and medical assistants "may benefit from that". The difficulty level of the lectures was geared toward medical assistants, as nobody of them would be able to pass the course otherwise. BSN students were given "Pharm II" course, but LPN students were not allowed to do it.
- for the same reason, private for-profits may have less local connections for arranging students' required clinical experience, externships, observerships, etc. Besides sub-par clinical placement, it can lead to the situation when students are told to find something to do in order to cover theur clinical hours requirements.
- while these schools may not require pre-requisits and tout themselves as "all-included" programs, they can "offer" mandatory courses which are obviously not necessary and not required for certification (like Advanced English Composition... one cannot write a SBAR note without it, I guess), "Medical Economics" and "Death and Dying". And they charge for it, too.
-some private for-profits cater mostly for students from the same environment (ethnic communities, career changers, etc.) They do not often advertise it, and they cannot, legally, deny admission based solely on that, but it can make studying very uncomfortable for students who do not belong there.
Last but not least: sim labs are nice to have, but they are not at all necessary and no substitute for ol' fashioned hands-on clinical training.
The questions applicants probably need ask before paying that kind of money for a nursing licence should be: certification of the school, where most of the students come from, NET/TEAS/etc. scores, NCLEX passing rates, clinical palcements (for all terms, and by whom they are arranged) and professors' qualifications. If these questions cannot be answered right away and in details, then get out of the place and spend your money somewhere else.