i attended clc for my first semester of nursing, and i'm deciding on whether to go back or not. from what they say, it is one of the only two nursing schools in il that offer a completely evening nursing program
. so it can be done.
but i will admit, it is very difficult, at least 40 hours of work a week on top of my already full-time work schedule. i woke up at 5am every morning, went to work, went to school and wouldn't get home until 9:30-10pm. on days that i didn't have classes, i was at school in the labs studying and getting home at about 8-8:30pm. fridays i would come home and crash out, wake up on most saturday mornings, go to school, and study for another 6-8hrs. the only time i saw my child was on friday and saturday evenings and sundays. i was tired and crabby most of that time as well. i'm not trying to tell you not to work and go to school, because you can do it, but it's a sacrifice for the whole family. there was only one other woman in my class who worked full-time, had kids and did classes. everyone else either only worked or had children. it's just a lot. my daughter told me it was like a black cloud was over her when i was in school, so i just needed to take time off until i could rearrange my schedule to work only part-time or not at all while i'm in class, because my child is only little once and i don't want to miss her growing up!
i wouldn't necessarily advocate clc, though. there are lots of problems with the program. it's difficult to get into, because after passing biology, chemistry and basic math, your nln pre-entrance exam score is the only criteria they go by, so you have to be a lucky test-taker. also, the failure rate on the nclex has increased in recent years, so much so that they called in a consultant last year to try to re-vamp the program because they were getting close to being on probation with the nln, who accredites clc. and on top of that, there are very subjective, in many cases unfair, testing procedures that they use and they have a high failure rate in classes because of this. you can look it up, it was in the newspapers many times last year. i passed with a b, but i feel like i was more lucky than anything.
however, supposedly they are going to be making some changes, and hopefully it will get better. i have not decided whether to continue with clc or not, but if you are considering it, i urge you to really think about what you are willing to sacrifice to attend nursing classes. and what your family is ok with. it is a huge commitment, but can pay off just as much in the end. good luck!