Congratulations on starting this upcoming April, tldc! Your post sounds EXACTLY like something I would have written before I started last July. You sound optimistic, and that will get you through! I have to say, I really like it at Hondros. It is a good way to jumpstart your future career as a nurse. I have friends in other nursing programs
that are further along than I am, and I am able to keep up with what they talk about, so I know I'm learning what I need to know through Hondros. I have classmates that can't seem to get past the negative, and I'm sure you will have classmates like that too. The things they bash Hondros for seem very petty to me, but I suppose everyone has their limits. You just have to remember that Hondros is a new school, and it's a give and take situation for all of us. We work hard for a degree, Hondros gets feedback on how to make their program better. The professors are great for the main nursing classes (Fundamentals, Med/Surg, OB/Peds), and the other ones tell you what you need to know. You might have heard first term is the hardest because it can be overwhelming. I went to UC for two years and never put in as much time and effort as I do at Hondros. You just have to come up with your own way of studying. My best advice would be to stay ahead of the game. You can always pick up your books before each term starts, and the syllabi for your classes are usually available on CAMs (you'll learn about this) about a week prior to the start of classes. Hondros provides a great N-CLEX PN book first term, and they recommend you do 25-50 questions a day. The book is especially helpful when you get to second term and need a study tool for Med/Surg, because a lot of the test questions are similar to the questions on the CD that come with the N-CLEX book. I hope this information is helpful! You might or might not know this, but it was the only thing that caught me off gaurd about Hondros. At orientation, they told us that the RN program only has 32 spots available (we started out with 60 first term). I know you want to go on to the RN program, so please do not let this scare you!! Believe me, you might have 60 in the beginning, but your class will get smaller and smaller with each passing term. Plus, some people either don't want to become an RN, or they have to take a break from school to work. There are 43 people in my class now. If I can answer anymore questions for you, let me know! Before I started in July, I had a million questions for Animal. You can go back and read our old posts too, that might be helpful. Congratulations again!