I just finished the eight week A&P course which is NUR13606...some do not need to take that if they have previous credits that are recent. I graduated from LPN school in 1998, and didn't have any recent credits. I'm glad to have taken it though, most of it you know, just a good refresher. The next eight weeks is NUR14606 which is nursing theory. I haven't heard much about this, but I'm sure it's just what it says is...what we already know and have learned thus far with more thought process! After that I will start clinicals.
From what I understand, the first semester usually starting mid Jan is 16 weeks straight of the courses I mentioned above, then your clinicals start early summer. Yes, they do place you as close to your residence, but they don't go past 60 miles from the University so it's limited. Chilicothe will probably be where I go as well, I'm in Centerville so it's about 50 min South for me (not too hateful!) They have Adena Medical Center and I think a VA as well. Initially I was told clinicals are 6-8hr days once a week, or 12hr days every other week. It's solely the choice of the instructor, you have to ask the first day you can and see what the preference of the clinical group and instructor is. Becky the secretary told me to ask immediately! Basically though, you get what you get. I'm hoping to get the 12h days...long, but easier in the long-run. Once clinicals start, they will continue until graduation. Online learning is great in my opinion. I did all my prereqs online and so far I love the nursing online. I'm ready for clinicals though. The online schedule is not hateful at all in my opinion, the instructors so far have been extremely nice and helpful. They tell you to email anytime for anything and get back to you pretty fast. The instructor we have for NUR 13606 is great, she starts each week with a positive email message and gives positive feedback. I emailed once and she responded on her iphone in like 2 hours. The testing process has been easy as well. For the Dayton area, they have a proctor site just minutes off Indian Ripple rd. at the Learning center. At this point they only schedule the nurse exams on Tues. and Thurs. and it is 25$ a pop. If you're closer to Cincy I'm not sure where you'll go. At orientation, they give you everything you need, it answers many questions. Make sure you get all your health documents and vaccines up to date, and the drug screen. They're picky, they want a 12 panel
not 10, and the only place I found to do it that knew what they were doing was Labcorp. Everyone else was like, huh?!
They will give you a list of the books you need at orientation, I got all of mine through Amazon
pretty cheap. When you go to orientation, you'll go to the bookstore and get your badge and picture taken, I recommend checking out the ugly red polo we have to buy, the sizes are weird!
Sorry, I guess I've been rambling, (I do that
but I wish I had more info this time last year, so I would be glad to help ya out! It would be nice to have a fellow student in my area to confide in and help each other out. Looking forward to further chats...