My recommendation as an El Centro Nursing program student - don't go there!! Maybe all nursing programs
are the same as El Centro - with many incompetent and/or verbally abusive clinical teachers who yell at you and berate you in front of patients and their visitors; lecture tests that are worded so tricky the only possible explaination is "weed out" (but many times they weed out potentially awesome clinical nurses who happen to have test anxiety - why do they think a good test taker will make a good clinical nurse - I have some students in my class that score high on lecture tests but can't even take an accurate blood pressure!).
Granted El Centro does have an exceptionally high NCLEX pass rate (we heard the Spring 07 graduates had 100% pass rate). But I would be curious to know the school's pass/fail/drop rate(s) for each semester or the statistics of how many people actually start 1st semester and make it through all four semesters consecutively without dropping out or failing and having to be readmitted.
Those are some things to consider when adding up the cost of your education. If you fail and have to be readmitted there are other costs involved - such as computerized/online tutorials - in addition to the costs of retaking the classes. My 1st semester we only had maybe 5-10 people (out of 60) who did not continue to 2nd semester (whether they had to drop for personal reasons or they failed). However, the class behind us lost 1/4-1/2 of their students by the end of the 1st semester.
Anyway, whatever you decide, I wish you all the best. Nursing school is hard - harder than I ever dreamed it would be. But you can accomplish anything - no matter how difficult - if you want it bad enough and are willing to work hard for it!!