We also had a large list:
Mosby's Medical, Nursing and Allied Health Dictionary
Handbook of Nursing Diagnosis (Lynda Juall Carpenito)
: A systems Approach (Gylys and Wedding)
Math Refresher Book (made by my school)
Diagnostic Testing and Nursing Implications, a case study approach (Pagana and Pagana)
Fundamentals of Nursing (Potter and Perry)
Clinical Nursing Skills (Smith, Duell and Martin)
We also had recommended textbooks...
Publication of the American Psychological Association
Nursing Care Plans
: Guidelines for Individualizing Care (Doenges, Moorhouse, and Geissler)
Nursing Procedures (Goldberg)
BLS for Healthcare Providers (Stoddard) - this one was kind of required, b/c they forced you to buy it when you got your CPR certification
I went ahead and bought the recommended books. In my experience the recommended books are often more helpful than the required ones. From what I have heard you can use all the help you can get with careplans and that the recommended careplan book is excellent.
These are just required for one class, but they will be useful throughout the program-- I hope.
I can't remember how much the class fee was - but we had a 2-3 inch packet that we recieved on the first day of class as well. In most of the packet, both sides of the pages were used.