I'm going to be a 5th semester student Jan. 13. Here's how I see it:
First Semester: You do 6 clinicals( works out to once a week for a few weeks). Also, you have 3 classes that meet once per week, with Fundamentals lab meeting twice per week.
Second Semester: you do 18 clinicals( 12 for Med-Surg, 6 for OB/Peds...works out to about 2 per week). You have two classes meeting once each per week with a Med Surg lab that meets once per week(I think, can't remember for sure).
Third Semester: It's a summer class so you have lots to do with little time to do it! Class meets once per week with no lab. You will have 12 clinicals which will work out to once or twice per week.
Fourth Semester: You have class once per week with no lab. There will be 18 clinicals which works out to about 2-3 clinicals per week.
Fifth Semester: I'm just getting there, so I don't know a lot about this semester yet. I do know that you have two classes and 12 clinicals. Also, you have a preceptorship which is around 90 total hours(I think).
Classes are usually finished by 1400 with a few exceptions. Clinicals will depend on your non-nursing class schedule, as well as available clinical sites and instructors. So far, I've had no weekend clinicals because I only had 1 non-nursing class to take while in nursing school
I am satisfied with the program.
The RN program is pretty darn competitive. I think 500 or so usually apply and around 75-80 get in. With 197 points, you *should* get in, but without knowing what every other applicant scored, no one can say for sure. But I had less points than you and got in. Good Luck!
Words of wisdom: Read the chapters, there will be material from the book that is not lectured on in class on the tests. Seek help from the instructors before you get into trouble with your grade...All of the instructors @ CACC are more than willing to help you.