I was an english lit major and had a Master's in Public Health and 4 years healthcare work experience but don't let that scare you because most people didn't have ANY work experience or had majors that weren't science at all. I still don't know how they make their choices because we were all so different. They do want to make sure that you can keep up with the science portion of the program so you need to be strong or moderate in science at least.
THe program is good overall. I can't answer the questions about when we have classes because every quarter is different. In the beginning you basically live at school and take classes and study. Then you start doing clinicals and aren't at school much but are at the hospitals more. Then, next quarter, we do immersion and we don't have classes at all. We just get assigned to one nurse in our specialty of choice and we go to all of his/her scheduled work days and basically do everything with them.
The strengths are that it is a UCLA degree, you finish with a Master's and that is good because hospitals are NOT hiring nursing grads with associates anymore basically because of Magnet recommendations.
Negatives is that we tend to be on the lower side of amt of clinical hours compared to other schools which really sucks because that is where you learn! They also really drill the whole CNL thing into the workload which is a little rough since most hospitals don't utilize CNLs. Also, graduating as a new nurse with a master's degree will be hard when we first start working because you might get flack from experienced nurses who don't have master's degrees since you aren't experienced but have an advanced degree. THat's the biggest thing I am worried about...but after the initial year or so, it will be able to be put to use as we move up the clinical ladder.
Some people do student research work and some people work as CNAs at hospitals. The first quarter is hard but also, they COMPLETELY changed all the schedules and classes this year so the 1st year MECNs have a totally different schedule than we did so you might need to ask some of them at orientation.