1. At orientation you will receive a schedule of all of the classes, times, dates and clinical sites. You should probably pick 3 or 4 and arrange them in priority. Then they will do a lottery where you pick a number out of a bowl and that will be your slot. They call up people by the 20's (in order) and you can register. When a section is closed out - and it is one you want - you have to pick a different one. there is no nursing advisor.
2. You take your background check to the nursing office like everything else. make sure your packet is complete before you take it in. I put my stuff to Mrs. Lee in a separate envelope because I didn't want any nonsense or confusion about it (I don't remember if you were supposed to) but make it as easy as possible for the office to get your things where they need to go. AND most important make copies of everything - all of your titers, background checks, PPD, and everything. They will periodically ask for it during the program for this or that.
3.There is no interview at orientation. EVERYONE who is accepted for summer will be in a big room. The last day of orientation you will have a Medical terminology/dosage calculation exams that is not graded. Don't stress or study. They want to see where you are so they can help you where you need it. If you study, you may just remember because you just studied and not because you actually learned it (make sense?). You don't want to think you are doing awesome and then when the real tests come - fail them.
4.You will not need that ruler. If you really want to, when you pick up your skills kit, they have them there.
I am in term 3. I can tell you if you have any possible way to get Professor Burns for pharmacology - DO IT - DO IT - DO IT!!!!!!!! Even if it is not the best schedule for your life. She is absolutely the difference in how you will understand Pharm. And Pharm is the highest failed class in first term. Adult Health is for 2nd term. All of my section passed Pharm, and only 4 of us passed Adult Health. Burns is the difference....take her.
Also, forget everything you know about organization with this program (faculty wise). If you let it stress you out, it will give you a nervous breakdown. So take all of the randomness and disorganization with a grain of salt. It all works out. You will understand what I am talking about the very first day of orientation.
Lastly, get a planner. A good one that is easy to tote along. You will have a lot of assignments and even if they are worth only 5 points, you don't want to miss any - it can mean the difference between passing and failing. If you have kids, you also don't want to forget any of their activities. I lived by my planner for first term. Do your 4 hours of community service as soon as you get the opportunity. We had a girl who carried an A in Fundamentals who failed the course because she didn't do her community service. That is a stupid reason to fail.
Good Luck. Let me know if you have any other questions. I have gotten a "B" in every subject (no A's) and I have always been a straight A student. Many of the girls were really hard on themselves when they were getting C's. But this is not an easy program. C means CONTINUE. And the only letters that employers are going to care about is RN. That is the goal so although it will be hard, try not to forget it and don't beat yourself up when you bomb a test or don't get A's.