I just finished my first year at CCCs nursing program
. The schedule is a lot, and it doesn't just include class and clinical. The clinical paperwork easily take 8 hours in entirety for the week, including the clinical journal, med cards, care plan work, etc. Reading ahead, which is really helpful for most of the students can take some time, especially in the spring when you also have to take the pharmacology class online during the semester. Word of advice: TAKE ALL CO-REQS BEFORE THE PROGRAM. The program is time consuming enough without extra courses. If you haven't taken them yet, try to fit them into wintersession or the summer.
Our schedule was:
Class - Monday and Friday 9-11 in the morning, with some 3 hour lectures.
Lab - The first 6 weeks of Semester 1 and first 2 weeks of Semester 2 is learning skills in the lab from 8am-3pm Tues/Wed. (Thurs off)
Clinical - Times and days can vary depending on site/instructor. There were Tues/Wed, Tues/Thurs, Wed/Thurs, and Sat/Sun days. Instructors took requests for the first semester and volunteers for weekends the second semester. Clinical time was either 7am-2pm or 2pm-9pm.
All in all you have 19 hours a week in class or clinical, about 8 doing the clinical work for the week, and I'd say another 5 or so doing readings depending on what's assigned for the week. Many in our cohort work during the semester, including myself. It isn't impossible, you just have to be good and time management. I usually work around 30 hours a week, and since I work at a hospital, I'll work the overnight shift when I can because we are allowed to read or do schoolwork during downtime. If you have any other questions feel free to private message me. I'll respond as soon as I can but cannot make any promises after the semester starts