Thank you Beccah. I really appreciate your taking the time to give me a detailed answer.
I'm not sure at this point if I will continue my education for several reasons, but I may. I just graduated in Aug and need a break from schooling. I went to MVCTC and their program is very intense. I dread going back to school after going through that.
Do you think if I take the pre- and co-reqs slowly, like a class a quarter, that by the time I get into the program that the knowledge will be too stale or do you think it's better to take these classes closer to taking the actual nursing classes. I'm talking about Psych, Micro, Physiology and Pharm. I don't need to take the Englishes or humanities b/c I have an assoc. degree in sociology. I'll have to take the communications class and I guess the nursing math.
Here are a couple of important questions for me personally: When you get into the core program, which quarter do clinicals start? And how many days/nights a week are you in school/clinicals?
I hated clinicals! I love my job but I guess it was just getting up practically every Saturday for 1 1/2 years at 3 - 5 am and going to an eight hour clinical and not getting paid for it... so I dread clinicals.
I heard you're in the classroom three days a week and in clinicals two days a week... The good thing is that I'd get off a few weeks between clinicals and get the summer off. I was in the two year part-time program and it was year round. So for two years I went to school/clinicals three 8-hour days a week. We'd go 3 - 3 1/2 months and then get a one or two week break. So maybe getting to take a breather in the summer will help. Thanks again SO much for taking the time to respond!!