I am a full time student since I am not currently working as an RN (looking for work though). I started as a ELMN student (which is their 2nd career nursing program for bachelor degree in another field peeps who can get their RN in 15 months then continue into the MSN track). The FNP track can be full or part time, but since classes are really only offered at one time of week/day and year (meaning if you can't go to class that day d/t work then you have to wait another year often times to take the class). ANP and ACNP tracks are supposed to be full time only. It seems that lecture classes are often on Tuesdays in case that helps you keep your schedule open. The first year of the program, you are in class 2 and 3 days a week, but remember with the budget cuts classes are limited and you want to make sure your work is flexible with allowing you to be at school when the classes are offered.
As far as preceptors, the school says that they will help you but their referrals are pretty useless. I know the preceptor thing is an issue with a lot of schools
so it is always best to plan early and network asap!
Since I have no RN experience being an ELMN student/2nd career into nursing, I used a family friend who is a doctor. TG I knew this person cause I'd be totally out of luck! Most peeps end up having to cold call places and it can really be stressful. It seems even the MSN students who have been nurses for many years have trouble finding preceptors too, esp if their NP track is not a setting where they work as an RN. You can use a dr or an NP(no PA's allowed). The school has strict guidelines, so for FNP you have to find an outpatient family practice/general practitioner setting and also a pediatric NP or doctor. For the first clinical, no matter which NP track you choose, it has to be an outpatient preceptor. ACNP is the only track where you can do inpatient preceptor hours after the first quarter of clinicals. The thing with CSULA is are sooooo unorganized and they throw things at you last minute and expect you to jump through hoops and make miracles happen without their help. Many of the students complain b/c we are just so tired of the B.S. with the school, but nothing changes. For example, we have 2 weeks until this Spring quarter ends and most of us have summer off (even the FNP students). They tell us last week that we have to have our Fall preceptor selected and all the paperwork completed before the quarter ends or else they won't accept us into the class cause they don't want to do the paperwork in the summer "last minute" before the Fall quarter starts. Okay, well then why are they telling us this "last minute" then....again???? Given we are busy as it is with work/school/precepting...not to mention finals.... this quarter, it was ridiculous that they couldn't tell us this much earlier so that we could all prepare because it is NOT easy to find preceptors, esp for the pediatric hours that the FNP track requires. This is actually like the third time they've done something like this. They wouldn't even give us the syllabus or any info about our first preceptor clinical until after the quarter started, so all our preceptors were in the dark as to what to expect from us. It just looks unprofessional and makes it look like we (not the school) is unorganized. So what I am telling you is to find people early and chose dr's/np's who you know love to teach and who want you to succeed! ASAP....Network, network, network
Hope this helps