Hey jessa9999, you're probably almost done with with your program by now. For me, the program was not difficult at all. I was able to work 36 hours a week, granted they were 12 hour shifts 3 days a week only. That was the most challenging part, working full time, and doing lab, clinicals, and study time. But course work itself, was doable. It was a lot of content in very little time. Mostly distance learning, the theory/lecture days were like once or twice a week if I remember correctly (and a waste of time). Labs were also once a week along with open lab times if needed. I'm a procrastinator, so I'm not the best person to ask about how much time I spent studying, but if I had to guess I would say at least 3 hours a day.
I was very disappointed with clinicals, so hopefully your cohort has better luck. For 3 out of 4 quarters of clinicals all I did was pass meds, administer insulin, and do patient research. That's it. At my preceptorship I was also not allowed to do very much except pass meds, and I think I wrapped somebody's foot one time with Kerlix haha. So yeah not too exciting at all. So I graudated March 2013, took the NCLEX-PN in May, passed the first try at 85 questions, and got a job a LTC facility in June. I still currently work at said facility as a charge nurse for swing and noc. So far so good, now I'm looking to get into a bridge program!!!!!