Because state BONS and the school accrediting agencies set specific limits on how many students can be in a clinical group with an instructor (so that students can be appropriately/safely supervised), it's typical to have a large lecture class but several different sections or groups for clinical, which may meet on different days and at different facilities. For example, in the program in which I teach, all 50 students are in the same didactic (lecture) class, but, for clinical, the students are divided up into six groups of eight or nine students each, with different instructors and different schedules (because the facilities
we use for clinical can't handle having large numbers of students there all at the same time).
Yes, you are responsible for your own transportation to clinical experiences -- was that not made clear to you before
you started the program? How are you managing to get back and forth to classes on campus? If you are depending on getting rides and carpooling with other students, that could
be a problem later on because any absences from clinical are a BIG DEAL in nursing programs
and can lead to people getting dropped from the program. It would be a real shame for you to have to miss any clinical days just because your "ride" had to be absent. It will be important for you to have a back-up plan ready in case that happens. Not having transportation will not be an acceptable excuse for missing a clinical day ...