We also got certified in college.
The school we went to is in the middle of TN (literally the geographic center of TN is on campus... haha!) and it has the 2nd largest SCUBA program in the nation!
We actually had 15 weeks (yes, weeks
) of training for open water, which was awesome. It makes for a lot of pool time and a lot more familiarity with the equipment. They're a NAUI shop, though. My wife doesn't enjoy it quite as much as I do, but I've been able to do a lot more diving than she has and she's still working into it a bit... most of the dives she's had have been a bit stressed, so I'm hoping to get her some more bottom time before we do another Key's trip.