Hi! I am also applying in May - (don't forget that the deadline is May 31st!!
) Do you have an idea which University you plan to attend? I can only speak for Ottawa, as that is my choice of University-CEP partner. Here's some info I have gleaned from the (wonderful and very helpful) nursing advisor: if you are accepted, the online portion of the degree with Ottawa will begin in the fall. For the entire semester, you will only be doing the online part of the degree via Ottawa. The nursing block will begin in the Spring semester (January 2018), and at that point the online portion will most likely drop down to 1 class. You then pick up more classes online in the summer, when there are no nursing blocks running....and so on.
In other words, the program (at least with Ottawa) is designed to maximize your online workload during the times you are not in nursing blocks, and minimize the workload when you are. However, I was also advised that in the event a student is simply finding it too much, they can delay some of the online classes with Ottawa and pick them up later. This will, most likely, delay your ability to graduate at the same time that you complete the nursing blocks (which should be end of the fall semester 2019). However, that is preferable to dropping out all together!
You cannot, however, delay the nursing blocks - they have to be done in the exact pathway as set out by GCC. Fall behind in those, or attempt to skip a class, and you'd most likely fail. In other words, there is flexibility in the online program even if it means the entire BSN takes you longer than the estimated 2.5 yrs that is the current desired timeline for the CEP, but there is zero flexibility in the GCC program.
Having said all this, the amount of time and the rigors of the nursing blocks alone (without even taking into account the online classes) will be very tough and demand an incredible amount of your time, and so just like rachaelofcourse
, I would suggest finding ways to reduce your work hours, even if it means finding a source of income from elsewhere (scholarships, FAFSA, loans?)... and just like rachaelofcourse
said, this is not intended to come across as rude, just being honest about the incredible amount of studying and time one needs to devote to the CEP in order to succeed.
You are, however, not alone in needing/desiring to continue working while in school; from what I heard the evening and weekend classes are very popular and they are usually the classes with the most applicants.
GCC is my first choice too!!.