Quote from broughden
As I said above, I did ask them. I just got vague "daytime college class" typical hours.
My apologies - I didn't see that in your post. Typical daytime class will be 8-4, and will be a mix of lecture and lab. Then you'll start having clinicals thrown into the mix...again, times will vary depending on where you are, but my clinicals run from 5.30 to 5.30, so actual time for me is 4am (shower, get ready, drive there) and home by 6pm, so I am gone for 14 hours. On top of that I spend hours and hours working on classwork/homework.
At my school, we have a big exam every 2-3 weeks. They form the basis of whether you pass or fail the Block, so they are really important, so I also have to set aside study/revision time.
I'm not trying to put you off - I think anything is do-able, but for me, what was overwhelming was not the actual understanding of the concepts (because a lot is drawing from your pre-req knowledge, A&P stuff etc) but the shear volume of work that is thrown at you. I think that is pretty standard wherever you are too, and is certainly not unique to my school.
For example, right now, I have: 4 group projects on the go, each with different groups, which takes a heck of a lot of coordinating and communication, (not to mention the work itself), 2 careplans (each takes about 12 hours to complete), a psych class, 2 SIMs coming up I need to prep for, and an exam to revise.....and that is all over Spring Break. Once I return to class, I will be back at clinicals, and will have lectures to attend, plus about 20 case-studies to complete (not due until the end of the semester, but still...), plus a bunch of online tests to be done.
I am also an older student, but my kids are older too. I think your hardest challenge will likely be juggling childcare and making sure you are able to carve out the time needed to get everything done and keep your grades up.