I apologize in advance if this question's been asked and answered already. I'm preparing to apply for the fall 2013 term for PTA school, and doing a LOT of research on a bunch of different schools. Location isn't important.
There is a good public community college 20 minutes from me, but I was just told they have over 130 applicants for only 30 spots. While researching some private institutions in AZ, NV, and CO, I was told by the admissions assistant that as long as I attended a mandatory information session and paid the application fee AND of course got my application in early, I'd be GUARANTEED a spot in the class of fall 2013. This sounds almost too good to be true, as every public institution I've spoken with has multiple prereqs, letters of recommendation, volunteer hours--and of course, most importantly because there's no guarantee on getting in!--the stiff competition.
Is there a big difference between graduating from a public or private school, if both confer AS or AAS degrees upon graduation? From what I understand the only difference is cost, and I can afford the private program. I've read good and bad reviews of these places but I don't understand how one could get a "bad education" or the school itself be a "scam" if CAPTE accredited.
Thank you in advance for all comments and advice!!