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Hi Everyone! I am most likely about to move to Little Rock in the next couple of months. My husband is in the Air Force and he will probably be stationed there for 3 to 4 years. I have been wanting to go to nursing school for the last 2 years, but have been moving all over the place with my husband so he can finish pilot training. So now I finally have the chance to go to nursing school, but we are thinking about trying to have a baby before he starts deploying. I have all my prerequisites which I got As in and have a GPA of 3.9. I am planning on attending UAMS and getting a BSN. The reason we are thinking about trying to have a baby is basically because I do not ovulate very frequently. We are scared that if we don't start trying before he starts deploying that his deployment schedule and my ovulation cycle are going to be opposite and we won't be able to get pregnant. So I guess here is my question. Is it possible to have a baby and attend nursing school at UAMS at the same time? I would like any comments from anyone who attended UAMS and knows what there schedule is like. From reading other posts it didn't seem like the Fall and Spring Semesters were that busy. And, the only reason I am even considering doing both at once is because I do not have to study that much. Fortunately I learn by hearing and if I hear it I can pretty much remember it without having to spend a lot of time in the books...at least that is how it has worked for me so far. Any comments would be greatly appreciated!
Allow me to extend you a very warm welcome to Arkansas. I'm a junior in the program at UAMS. Let me start off by saying there are quite a few single parents in the program, and it is doable, but they have to rely on family support or arrange some kind of child care.
The program starts in the summer. During the summer, you go almost every day during the week, sometimes there early as 7, sometimes staying as late as 6, and you might have some meetings on Saturday. You will average 5-8 hours a day during the summer, depending on what is scheduled for that day. Logistically, this would be the most difficult semester as far as juggling being a student and full time mom. There is a reputable and affordable daycare nearby open 6am - 12am. If you want details on that, PM Me.
Once the regular semester starts in the fall, things do slow down a bit. But the courses are still time intensive with a lot of paperwork associated with your clinicals and you will have group projects which will require you to meet outside your regular class times. A typical schedule will have you in class 2 days a week from 9am to 3pm. Clinical will be 12 hours a week. You will spend one full 12 hour day, or two days a week, 6 hours each day. It really is luck of the draw. Sometimes if you get a clinical you don't want, and another student wants to change schedules, that can be arranged. Depending on your instructor, you may get out earlier. But plan on 12 hours.
In addition to the above, this semester as part of the Peds course I'm taking, I'm required to attend a 2 hour guest speaker on another day during the week. That makes 4 days a week right now. Clinicals for one of my courses were 12 hours on a Saturday. Be prepared for that possibility. The nice thing is that each clinical course is half a semester long so your schedule will change every 7 weeks. That may be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it.
I think you may want to look into UALR's program. It offers an associate's degree, but they have a BSN bridge. Their first summer only requires you to be in class a couple of days each week for a few hours. It is not time intensive. In the fall and spring, their course format is similar to UAMS's, class 2 days a week, clinicals 1 or 2 days a week. The difference is you don't have to take the extra courses for the BSN along side your clinical courses. So your course load is lighter. You can always begin employment as an RN and then do your BSN online, through UALR or UAMS. This would also allow time for to work if that is a necessity while going to school.
I hope this information helps. If you have any more questions feel free to ask.