What is the class schedule like for first year nursing students? I thought I remembered someone saying it was only three days a week. I'm trying to figure out what type of job I can have during school, and how bad the commute from Loganville would be.
Thanks for any help!
Oct 14, '05
I am a first year student, and we only have class from 9 a.m. until noon on Mondays, and then clinicals one day per week from 6:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. or so. The 9-12 schedule on Mondays includes Nutrition from 9 - 10a.m., and then Fundamentals from 10 -12. My clinicals are on Wednesdays. So, basically - 2 days per week for school.
That is not the only time I am 'dealing' with school stuff. I am usually studying at least three or more days per week for several hours each day - outside of the two days I am in school. Not all day, and not every day - but like I said before in another post - there is a LOT of outside independent reading and many projects that must be turned in - especially for a class that only meet once per week. I've found that I really have to budget out my time to make sure I allow enough time to finish everything, and I'm pretty organized by nature, anyway. It's been an adjustment. But, things settle into a nice routine pretty quickly.
As far as working, I think most people in my classes work either full-time or at least part-time. So, if you have the option, I'd say work part-time if possible. You'll want the extra time to study. Trust me. It's harder than most people think. It's very doable, but not necessarily easy.
NGCSU is really a terrific school. Good luck!!!
Oct 17, '05
Atlanta 6789 is right about first year, but second year is a different story. We have clinicals two days a week right off the bat and class pretty much all day on the third day (this semester I'm 1 pm until 5 pm, next semester will be 8 am until 12 noon for class). There is also SOOOO much extra work, almost everyone in my class has quit even their part time jobs! The program is still doable, but I don't know how anyone would continue to work. Just FYI, I have two girls in my class that live in Loganville. They commute together. It takes them a little over an hour to get to clinicals and sometimes 1 1/2 hours to get home because of traffic. They still say it's worth the commute though!