I congratulate all of you accepted into the CCC program, this time last year, I was sitting where you are now. I'm finishing my second semester at Three Rivers and I'm very happy with the program to this point. My advice would be to get ALL of the medical issues taken care of now. You will need a physical, a PPD test, the Hep B vaccines and then a titer test, get your CPR certification DONE. And, keep track of dates yourself (if your CPR expires you can't go to clinical without it), don't make anyone else track you down.
You'll get information about uniforms at your orientation which will likely be in May. You will need all white shoes, no clogs or open backs- not even the Dansko
ones. You may get very little notice on some things (I think I found out about mandatory orientation 5 days prior)- learn to be flexible.
Not to sound preachy, but you're all adults. Just take responsibility for yourself and your learning. You'll get the readings for the first semester at orientation. If you're someone that learns well by reading- do the reading. If you're someone that learns from lectures, know that sometimes things are taken directly from reading materials that are not covered in class. If you don't know how you best learn, find the tutoring center at your campus and try to figure that out before you start the semester. You're going to hit the ground running and you need to be prepared for a decent volume of work. There are times where the schedule is unpredictable and yes, you may feel like they don't understand that people have a life outside of school. If you have kids- find child care, back-up child care and a back-up for your back-up. You're not going to experience anything happening to "just you". The teachers aren't piling on extra readings just for your, they're not writing purposely tricky test questions just for you, everyone is going through it, so don't whine about it and don't make excuses.
I've talked about myself before, but just to tell you, I'm a career-changing returning student (at age 37 I'm not the oldest in class, but sometimes I feel quite old). I work full time and I have three children. I'm getting through and it hasn't taken over my life. Am I flying through with all As? Nope. But I'm getting out what I put in, and for me it has to fit into the rest of my life. I've had good teachers, excellent clinical experiences and I think that the education is of similar quality to past degrees I have earned.
I am happy to try to help, and I'm long-winded, as you can see. You're headed for an experience that's got some challenges. The tests are unlike anything I've experienced before and there's bound to be some frustration at times. Remember, it's do-able, because others have graduated before us, and the teachers really do want to prepare you for nursing. It's not their job to hold your hand, it's their job to give you direction. Follow-through is up to you.