I've completed my pre-req and applied for the nursing program at Tri-c. I'm scared to death because I keep reading that the program is very demanding, I can't afford to quit my job or drop to part-time, is there anyone out there who is currently going thru the ADN program or completed the program at Tri-C? Need advice and feedback please !!
Dec 31, '11
I graduated from the program this May. Yes! The program is demanding. But i was also able to work 2 jobs and go to school full time. Just be VERY organized and you will make it. Let me know if you have any questions
Jan 1, '12
It IS possible, but it will be difficult. Especially once you get to N2300 (nursing specialty course) during the third semester, when you'll change rotations/sites/times/days of the week for clinical every 5 weeks. Will your employer be flexible and work with you on that? Do you have good family support? If you have children, do you have childcare worked out and do you have backup for days when their daycare or school is closed, but Tri-C isn't? Can you manage clinical days that can start at 6:30 a.m. or even earlier or, if you're in the evening/weekend program, that don't end until 11:30 p.m.? You have to study and sleep sometime!
Jan 2, '12
I can't say it's like this every semester but for our choices at Metro Campus for 2300 this upcoming semester there was one rotation where everything was Thursday-Friday, and there was a rotation where everything was Saturday-Sunday. It makes it somewhat easier in that you aren't having to juggle a schedule around every 5 weeks.
Yes the program can be hard, but it's not so hard that you can't be successful and also maintain some semblance of normalcy. It's all about managing your time and priorities. It's hard to give any specific advice because everyone manages their time and copes with the stresses the program places on them differently.
Jan 2, '12
Usually rotations are not straight Thursday/Friday or Saturday/Sunday. Even if they are, that doesn't mean you'll be able to register for them, as they may fill up early.
Last edit by AssociateDegree on Jan 3, '12
Jan 3, '12
Thank you soooo much!! I'm very excited but really nervous, it feels good to get reassurance that it's possible! Thank you again for your post, all comments are appreciated
Last edit by batmiss on Jan 3, '12
Jan 3, '12
I have the family support and my kids are older. I already work at a hospital and they're aware that I'm in school for nursing so I hope they're supportive of my schedule, we'll see
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