Hi, I noticed you posted on a thread from the Samuel Merritt Sac ABSN spring 2010. First, I'd like to congratulate all that have gotten into this program and any program at that! I recently completed the program (Dec 2010). You are all very right. This program is intense. You start of jogging..then go full speed ahead to running. By the second half of the year, you should have gotten into the groove of things and able to handle the workload. I wasn't the smartest in the class, and there were many who struggled...but working with your classmates to get through it is essential. Also, if you realize you're struggling, it's important to get help right away. Majority of the classes are 5 weeks so it's important to get all the help and resources you can as soon as you can. I would definitely recommend opening up that ATI package you got and using those books. They basically take all the information from the text books and condense it. The faculty does do all they can to help you..I still keep in touch with a few faculty members today.
I'll admit, the school has it's own issues, but overall it is a very good program to be in. Samuel Merritt may be expensive, but you are paying for the time. If you were to attend a nursing school or college at that outside of California, you'd probably spend just as much if not a little less than here. I am in debt from school, but student loans aren't a bad debt.
Furthermore, Samuel Merritt's passing rate was exceptional. I can say that a majority of the class has taken the nclex already and passed! Also, it's great to have that BSN because with this competitive market, a BSN DOES make a difference. I am one of the lucky ones who passed the nclex on the first try AND have gotten an offer for a position in a hospital. I've been reading that other students have been getting offers as well..it's slowly but surely coming!
The year will go by quick. I didn't realize it then, but at the end, it'll all be worth it.