I know you posted a while ago but I thought you might want to know how it might feel for your family.
My stepfather/father is currently in the Nursing program
at Pima Community College.
I'm 18 years old completing my pre-reqs for Nursing but i also have younger siblings, one eight and one 14.
He's currently in his fourth semester and he claims it's the busiest and hardest semester.
Throughout Nursing school he works Saturdays and Sundays and picks up extra shifts if he's not so busy during the week.
He says it doesn't seem difficult but because he has an older brain he has to put in a little more effort.
He used to have time to do other things like watching soccer games and just relaxing.
He does have time for other things and taking my siblings out.
Nonetheless he does put in a lot of studying and effort and sometimes goes away for a few hours to study with his cohorts.
But this semester everything is a little different. It's his final semester. He spent most of his summer reading ahead because the teachers posted what they would be doing ahead of time. He goes away for HOURS and study and before every exam takes that weekend off to ensure he has enough time to get everything down. I hardly ever see him. It's the busiest I've ever seen him. He always has about 5 books with him and also has his face in a book. He doesn't have time for soccer anymore.
So what i'm trying to say is it seems manageable but the final semester seems to take a lot more effort to get by.