Congrats to all of you that were accepted to the Online/Hybrid program! I am currently a rising Junior in the Online program slated to graduate in May/June 2012.
I am sure you received a ton of information from the Orientation, but here is some additional info that you may find helpful. As you know....clinicals are on Mondays. Ours ran from about 7am - 5:30. In our 1st semester, we started off in Long Term Care then continued onto experience basic Fundamentals on an Acute Care/Med-Surg Unit. As you know, while there are lectures on Wednesday evenings - it is really up to you to pre-read the Modules, Textbooks, etc...in preparation for Lecture and Clinical. Do NOT fall behind. The exam schedule is about every 3 weeks in the 1st semester, so try to keep up with the readings and I highly recommend attending SI (Supplemental Instruction) which is usually led by an upperclassmen and helps to highlight key areas and testing techniques.
Uniforms: Since we only attended clinicals once a week, I only purchased 1 full uniform
set. I always just dropped mine right into the washer on Mondays when I got home, so even when we had to wear them on the occasional Wednesday - it was clean. Trust me - you will want to wash the germs off you when you get home too!
Instructors: Do not be afraid to approach/ask questions. You get out what you put in, but if you need additional clarification, I always found that the Fundamentals Instructors really wanted to see you succeed.
Textbooks: Unfortunately you do need everything that they say is required. I bought most of my books used except for the Fundamentals pack since you need the CD's. I was able to find a lot online (half.com, craigslist, etc) for way less than retail and they were always in good condition.
I will try to think of some other things that I found helpful and post in the future. Feel free to post any questions you may have.
Good luck to all of you!! :-)