We have lecture on Tuesday and Wednesday. For the first couple of weeks the lectures run from about 9am to 2pm, maybe less some days. They try to front load the information before we get into clinicals because that's when the schedule gets tight. Now our lectures are 9-12 Tuesday and Wednesday.
Clinicals are Thursday and Friday (every other week) from 6:30am to 2:30pm. The course coordinator does her absolute best to put you in the hospital closest to your house. Our hospitals this semester are Forsyth Northside, Emory, Grady, John Glancy and Rockdale.
Clinical practice lab is up to you. We do learning modules on ATI (the TEAS folks) to learn about the specific check off, then we are required to do at least 1 hour of practice in the lab at your own schedule. Two instructors are always in the lab and are available to watch you, help you, show you, and support you. You have three attempts at each skill check off. If you are unsuccessful for your third attempt, you are withdrawn from the course. Keep in mind though that you have THREE attempts, hours of open lab for practice, and faculty to boost your morale and help you along. Our skills this semester are Vital Signs, Sterile Dry Dressing Change, Oral Meds and (I believe) sub q meds. We've yet to lose anybody to an unsuccessful third attempt.
Exams are just about every other week. You must have a 75% average to move on to the next semester. They don't round up a 74.9%.
It's intense, I'm not gonna lie. You're thrown in at 90 miles per hour and before you know it, you're thinking like a nurse even with your limited skill. If you are unsuccessful with a skill attempt, you must go sit with your advisor and talk about what happened and how to pass the next attempt. If you make below a 75% on an exam, you must meet with them again and go over the exam and clear up any questions. The department has their OWN counselor you can meet with about stress, test anxiety, study habits, any issues with faculty, time management, etc.
It really is a great program and absolutely doable. Don't listen to the naysayers. I listened to them and almost didn't apply. We've only lost three of the 71 students in our class and none of them have been for academic reasons.
If (WHEN!!) you get accepted, attend the bootcamp they offer before classes begin. It's a three day session of study tips, time management skills, reading comprehension, pep talks, and sessions with a lot of the faculty.
It's my pleasure to answer your questions! GPC got a bad rep from issues in the past. It also gets a lot of loud folks who failed out and like to complain that the exams are too difficult and the faculty unapproachable. I greatly disagree with both accusations. My class is going strong and sticking together and we've been wildly successful so far.
If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.