what's a nursing student's schedule like?

  1. Hi there..I am starting prerequisites this summer for nursing school, but I have no idea what to expect once I get in. I'm trying for an ADN program...how many days will I probably be in clinicals, how long are most clinicals....when do you have classes? Any information is appreciated. Thanks.
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  3. by   not now
    In my LVN program:
    Lecture M/T 0900 - 1300
    Clinical W/Th/F 0630 - 1430

    The RN program on the same campus
    Clinical Sun/M 0630 - 1430
    Lecture T/W/Th 0900 - 1300


    Every school is different. I would just ask a few students in the program or an instuctor.
  4. by   Nrs_angie
    my RN program
    first semester was 3 days of lecture and 1 day of clinical
    last semester was 3 days of lecture and 2 days of clinical
    lecture days 8-3
    clinical days 7-3 but the instructor often let us leave around 2:30
  5. by   abmsam
    Q: What's a nursing student's schedule like?

    A: Hell!

    Just kidding! My ADN schedule is something like this.

    Monday - In lab practice and check-offs, usually about three hours. Lots of reading and studying at home.
    Tuesday - Lecture and/or exam. Usually 0900-1400
    Wednesday - Lecture. Usually 0900-1400
    Thursday - Clinical. 0630-1530
    Friday - Clinical. 0630-1530
    Saturday and Sunday - Read and study.

    Good luck
  6. by   goodknight
    Here's my ADN schedule for the last semseter,
    M: Classes from 9-3:15
    T: Clinical 7-11:30, Class 1-3
    W: Class 1-3:15, usually spend the morning studying or practicing
    T: Class 9-3
    F: Study, Study

    And next semseter:
    M: class 9-12
    T: class 9-12
    W: clinical 7-2
    T: class 9-2
    F: class 9-10

    THe second semester I am taking some classes for my bachelors so M/F are not ADN program classes. But add into the times an hour drive both ways and at least and hour to two studying a nite, plus three hours after clinicals for paperwork
  7. by   BoonersmomRN
    I'm not in yet but this is the 1rst semester schedule

    M/Wed Lecture 9-3:00
    Tues/Thurs clinicals 7-12 ( clinicals are on campus until week 7 when they move to LTC)
    Skills Lab- You attend at certain times...I will prob. do mine Tues/thurs

    2nd semester it moves to

    Mon lecture 9-3
    Thurs/Thurs clinicals 7-3
    Wed lecture 9-12
    Skills Lab- same as above

    Not sure yet about 3rd and 4th sem's...I only got info for sem's 1+2
  8. by   manna
    Our schedule is pretty horrific. Ask someone at your school, since it's obvious they all vary.

    For the past two semesters, we usually spend two weeks in class M-F from 8:30a-4:30p. After that, two weeks in clinical - hours depend on what rotatation/instruction. Possibly 6:30a-2:30 or 4:30p, 7a-7p, or 1p-11p.
  9. by   unknown99
    Let's put it this way... You will feel like you are married to the program!!! If you have a husband and kids, you will forget who they are and what they look like!
  10. by   Mej
    For my school, all prerequisites must be taken before entering the nursing program - so all we have are nursing classes. (One class per quarter)

    M - 8-10:45 lecture
    T - open for lab returns/demonstrate skills
    W - 8-10:45 lecture
    R - 6:45-1:00 Clinical (12-1 post-conference)
    F - same as Thursday
  11. by   FocusRN
    Well I am no in yet either but at the two that I am hopeful for:

    #1
    M/T/W/TF - LECTURE OR CLINICAL (JUST DEPENDS ON THE DAY)
    5P-10P -LECTURE DAYS
    ON CLINICAL DAYS IT IS 4P-8P CLINICAL, AND 9P-10P CLINICAL REVIEW BACK AT THE SCHOOL.

    #2 M-F LECTURE OR CLINICAL (JUST DEPENDS ON THE DAY)
    8A-3:30P - LECTURE DAYS
    7A-4:30P - CLINICAL DAYS

    As you can see by the above schedules of two schools that are less that 10 minutes from each other, schedules really vary. Most of the time the variables, depend on the school, the program length, whether it is a day or evening program (for an evening program you will most likely have less hours per, week but a longer program. In my case that doesn't hold, the evening program is a month shorter than the other one), how many clinical instructors are available, and the class size.

    Just call the school, and ask. Ask to speak to someone in the Nursing Department, because usually the people in admissions have no idea, and just tell you anything.
  12. by   charleybarley
    when you guys say you have lecture from say 9am - 3pm.. is there a break in there??? is that for more than one class? that just seems like a long time to be in a lecture..?
  13. by   galaxy781
    Quote from Mej
    For my school, all prerequisites must be taken before entering the nursing program - so all we have are nursing classes. (One class per quarter)

    M - 8-10:45 lecture
    T - open for lab returns/demonstrate skills
    W - 8-10:45 lecture
    R - 6:45-1:00 Clinical (12-1 post-conference)
    F - same as Thursday

    mines the same way, I have classes M-F 8a-4p
  14. by   TLC RN
    Quote from manna
    Our schedule is pretty horrific. Ask someone at your school, since it's obvious they all vary.

    For the past two semesters, we usually spend two weeks in class M-F from 8:30a-4:30p. After that, two weeks in clinical - hours depend on what rotatation/instruction. Possibly 6:30a-2:30 or 4:30p, 7a-7p, or 1p-11p.
    Manna - this sounds sorta like the program I am starting soon. During the two weeks, are you taking one class or more? Are you done with the class after the two weeks?

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