I graduated from NVCC in May of 2009 and am currently in the RN to BSN bridge program at GMU for my BSN. I enjoyed the program at NOVA (only downfall was that the program from my standpoint seemed very disorganized and it was hard to get information from anyone!) I know that GMU has a fast-track program for people getting second degrees, and quite a few of them are in my classes currently. From what I've heard it's a TON of work thrown into 2 semesters (they'll graduate in May) and I believe it's only 1 class they take that has any clinical work at all. In my opinion that's not enough to really learn anything. At NOVA we had clinical every week of every semester and we really learned our stuff. The majority of us passed our NCLEX on the first try (and many of us did it in only 75 questions!) and that's because we really had our stuff drilled in our heads instead of us being primarily responsible for picking and choosing what we should know, like it seems to be at GMU. The people in my class seem very stressed with a lot of group projects to do, ontop of tests/quizzes, studying for NCLEX, social lives (Say goodbye to that right now!!) and anything else that may get in the way (work, kids, husband, dog, neighbors, mail man.. etc!)
It's completely up to you what you want to do. My honest opinion would be to guage it on how much time you actually have to complete this. Would you rather do all this work in one year or in two?? yeah, at NVCC you only get an ADN, but as long as you pass your boards, you can work as an RN and make the same amount of money (or close to it!) and once you have your RN license, you can do what I did and go to GMU for a year and get your bachelors or even your masters with their RN-MSN program in ONE year! It's completely up to you, but for me, the stress of learning everything that we learned in 2 years in only 1 year would be WAY too much for me!! I thought 2 years was crazy to learn all that stuff.... I can't IMAGINE doing it in 1 year!!
Hope this was at least semi-helpfull!