Ok let me start by saying that I am fixing to start the 2nd semester of the program so I can only tell you what I know from 1st semester. Keep in mind that by the time you start, things might have changed some. Our schedule was every week Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 9 (sometimes we would leave early, just depended on teachers mood) with quite a few Fridays and occasionally some Saturdays as well. (5 to 9 on Fridays but Saturdays were all day long from 8 to 4 with an approx. an hour for lunch). The schedule appears to be the same for 2nd semester as well according to what the teacher emailed us the other day.
I already had all my prereqs as well but with an ACT score of 20 you will qualify for the Deans Scholarship which will pay tuition ($650 is the tuition amount and it pays 100% of that, but you will still have to pay the matriculation fee and insurance fee so you basically will still be out about $300 but thats better than having to pay the whole thing) but you have to be considered fulltime inorder to receive this which means you have to be taking 15 hours(used to be 12 but they changed it)....nursing class is only 9 hours so if you want to take advantage of that (which you would be a fool not to) you should take 2 more classes. They can be anything you want, dont have to be nursing related. They even offer a class called work based learning which to me just seems like a class to give people extra hours so they can qualify as full time. I did not know about this class last semester but my instructor told me about it when we registered for 2nd semester classes and it appears that alot of people in my class were doing it. From what I understand about that it, you don't actually attend class, you just get a booklet and the instructor posts an assignment on her door each week and you have to go online and answer 4 or 5 questions each week and that is all....I know sounds like there must be a catch, but I was assured there isn't one and its an easy A.
Clinicals schedules depend on which instructor's group you are in. We had 3 groups and we all had different schedules. My instructor was very good about trying to give us a say in when we wanted to do them so we ended up going every other weekend..Friday night to get patient info, Saturday 6:30 to 12:00 and Sunday 6:30 to 12:00. We did this for 4 weekends. Now groups did theirs all 4 weekends in a row but we wanted the extra time in between to get the paper work done, and the instructor was fine with that because it meant she didn't have to be so rushed. So basically it will definately be on the weekends but you won't know the exact schedule until right before it begins.
I don't know what to tell you about getting accepted because they supposedly go by a points system. All I know is that I had and ACT score of 20 and a 3.2 overall gpa but 3.7 gpa on my prereqs and I actually got a rejection letter in November. Notice I said rejection letter, not a letter saying I was an alternate. So I took that to mean that I was rejected, then the Saturday after New Years I got a phone call asking if I was still interested and if so to be at the school Monday for orientation. I was so excited I cried on the phone and the lady kept asking me if I was ok. So anyway, I really don't know how they pick them, because my letter flat out said rejected not that I was an alternate. I will say that I don't know how many people applied but they only accepted 35. The day classes accept 60 I think, but night classes are smaller. It is very competitive but you just have to not give up...if you don't make it the first time, try again next year and eventually you will get in.
If you have more questions, just ask.