You have clinicals all 4 semesters. The first term is challenging because of the sheer volume of information you need to learn. Also, when you walk out of your first test you will be thinking, "what the heck was THAT!?!"...and that is because nursing is not just learning the data, you need to apply it with the nursing process. The questions will be formulated to check your application of your knowledge. You will take 4 courses all term long. At the end of the term there is a HESI you will have to pass as well.
First term you will have clinicals for the second half of your techniques course. You will spend most of your time giving bed baths, performing assessments, and giving injections. There will be many care plans
Second term is broken up into 8 week sections. For me, I did Psych first 8 weeks. Yes, you will have to go to a psych ward and do clinicals. The second 8 weeks is Adult Health I. Depending upon which hospital you get, you can do little more than what you did during 1st term or you may get the opportunity to do dressing changes (PICC lines, decubitus wounds, etc.), IV insertion, Foleys, NG tube insertion, IV med administration, IV piggybacks, etc.
I am waiting to register today for term III. The first 8 weeks will be OB (Care of Women and Infants) and the second 8 weeks will be Peds (Care of Children).
Term IV is Adult Health II for the vast majority of the term and shortly before you graduate you spend a few weeks in "Role Transformation" doing 12 hr shifts.
I can't tell you what the schedule is like for the day students because I am a EVE/WE student.
I can tell you that it can be overwhelming at times. Imagine having a test that covers 16 - 18 chapters!
The grading is different in nursing as well. 80% is a passing grade. 79.99% is an F. It takes a 93 to get an A.