babygyrl9706 - It is 5 semesters. MUSC (5k/sem.), Charleston Southern (11k/sem), and Trident (1.5K/sem.) all turn out great nurses, but I went with Trident because they had the rep. of the best clinically prepared RNs when they graduate. I do know for a fact that Trident students complete more clinical hours than required by the state board.
The debt thing was also a reason why I chose Trident. I put up the amount of what I think it cost a semester, just double check. The best advice I can give you is to find out what other classes you are going to need for your BSN, and if you are waiting, get them out of the way, and jump straight into a BSN program do not wait. I am current tryng to finish up several classes so I can apply for a RN to BSN online program. Another thing it may not seem like a big deal now, but once you get done with nursing school you do not really want to have to relive the nightmare over again, but I know I have to and I'm dreading it, because I'm already a RN.
Here was an answer I gave one time about Trident's Program "Congrats and good luck to you :) I'm currently in my last semester, so here are somethings I did/have done to survive. BE PREPARED to have your clinical day/site changed within 72 hours of clinical day, do weekday, night (Yes 2-11 pm), weekend (Sat/Sun) clinicals twice a week, and class/test the next day at 8 AM. Preplanning the clinical day before & completing a clinical worksheet (before the clinical day begins) usually take anywhere from 8 to 12 hours. NO you don't get to pick your clinical site or day, you have to go where assigned, no you can't switch with someone else, they do not care you are a single mom, work, dying, spouse deployed, pregnant, do not have sitter/daycare ect. for clinical (I'm not kidding). Best plan of attack for 158 and beyond go to class/seminar, GET A REVIEW & RATIONAL book, study your powerpoints, BUY several NCLEX review books and study the rationals to the questions so you understand what they are asking. There is always 2 right answers, but one is more correct and so is the answer no matter what you say! When a question says "so and so needs further education when..." THEY WANT THE WRONG ANSWER. Pass a Test...Study your Interventions! Know Safety and what will Kill the patient! Get plenty of sleep, you can't think clearly if you are tired. DO NOT put your self down for making in the low 70's on a test/class, you passed (AND everyone who has gone through this program is laughing, nodding, ect knows what I'm talking about. FYI, until Nursing school at TTC I had honors/4.0 and so did everyone else!). Each nursing class is crammed into 7 weeks, and some have papers/projects/ATI exams. Pick and choose your battles. This is the best plan of attack I can give you. I added the extra info. not to scare, but to prepare you and all others who are considering this program who read this."