There are two components to the program: the classroom instruction (book learning) and clinical experience (skills learning). The clinical experience this semester has been great, due largely to my luck in being assigned to the group of the best clinical director for MedSurg (the first clinical site). 90% of everything I have learned this semester has been in those two days of clinical.
The academic side of the program is what has really concerned me. This first semester we had a big box of books to buy, and were given a syllabus with a few hundred pages of reading to do each week for class (class is one full day each week - about 7 hours). In addition we had to take a Health Assessment online course, and an online Pharmacology course. The substance of both courses were these interactive modules, followed by a quiz.
The classroom instruction is does not go into depth. It consists of primarily a powerpoint presentation hitting a few points, and interspersed with advice and anecdotal info from the instructor (a nurse with 30 years experience; all the teachers do have extensive nursing experience and are very good).
The only Pharmacology mentioned in class is a few drugs relevant to the day's topic (so if we are discussing hypertension, a few antihypertensives will be mentioned). Otherwise you are on your own to learn Pharmacology from the online course and the book.
I did not look at other nursing programs
, so I have no comparison. But my advice to you would be to look at other programs, look at the academic demands and clinical hours (some have very few which is bad), ask if they have a Pharmacology course(!!), and only attend the MEIN if you feel it is the best program. There is no point in rushing through a program in a year, if you aren't learning everything you will need to be a nurse.