Excellent news about communications- that will help. I was exempted after I wrote the Assessment for Success- everyone has to write it, so don't worry about it. It doesn't affect your admission or anything. It's just to help place people that might need extra help in English.
Well... it's a lot of work, I'm not gonna lie!
But it's manageable. I have two little boys, and I need quite a bit of help with them from my husband and other family, but we make it work. Some weeks are much heavier than others. The first couple of weeks feel the worst, because everything is so new, but it has started to feel easier to me at this stage. The learning model at Mohawk is different from other colleges- here, the idea is that the teachers don't teach- the students learn. That's not exactly accurate, but there is definitely a lot of emphasis on taking responsibility for your own learning. They provide you with a TON of resources to help you- things like Peer Mentoring, tutoring, and extra help in the Learning Resource Center. The teachers are all lovely, and they won't leave you out to dry. They will always help you find the resources you need to learn. I wouldn't say I have NO life... it just feels like it! lol! It's an intense program, and you do have to be prepared to be accountable for your own learning.
Not to scare you- but the clinical placements actually start on week 3! I know- I was terrified to be let loose on the public at that stage!
But you start out slowly, and there is always someone there to help you out if needed. It becomes much easier as you learn your skills in the classroom.
On the subject of clinicals... I can't stress enough, it is imperative that you start getting your medical clearances as soon as possible.
It probably seems like it's a long way off right now and there is plenty of time- but you'd be amazed at the ways it can get held up. You will need CPR at the health care provider level, and a mask fit test (both available from Mohawk- you will get an email about it later). You will also need blood work
showing your immunity to varicella, measles, mumps, rubella, Hepatitis B, and a two-stage skin test for tuberculosis. If you haven't ever had Hep B vaccines before, I strongly recommend you get the ball rolling on that right away. It can take a long time- as much as 6 months (although you're probably good after about 2). You will also need a vulnerable sector screening from your local police agency- the forms are available at the IAHS. Depending on where you live, that can sometimes take a while (some people it took a couple of months). If you don't have your medical clearances complete by the time your placement starts, you won't be allowed to attend until you do. But- if you're not cleared at first, they will help you with activities to do until you can go to keep you caught up as much as possible, but it's obviously not ideal.
The IAHS is lovely and modern- no complaints! If you haven't been in already, you can book tours through Student Life and they will show you around.
If you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to ask. I know exactly how you are feeling right now, and I'm happy to help you out!