I'm in the RN program at NCCC
. So far my experience has been good, but... overwhelming? I think that's typical of all nursing programs
, though. The beginning is tough. Just trying to figure out your schedule, where you classes are, what section you're in, when everything will be happening (like clinical and lab), and whatever else is stressful, but everything starts to fall into place after the first couple of weeks; you start to have an idea of what's expected of you, what to expect from the instructors, how the tests/evaluations are, etc.
As far as I can tell, the instructors are really diverse and helpful. Janet Trinkwalder is the head of freshman nursing and she makes herself really accessible to you, as do all the other instructors I've come across. I've been at school at 9:45pm at night and seen them still there working, so I've really started to respect them for the time/effort they put into the program for us. And for how disorganized and stressful things seem to be, they do a good job of trying to help everyone understand lectures/lab/clinicals and attempting to keep everyone calm about upcoming tests/evaluations.
For clinicals there are about 25 different places you can go, and it's basically a first come, first serve type deal when you register. Off the top of my head, I know they have clinicals at St. Mary's, Odd Fellow, Schofield, Our Lady of Peace, DeGraff, Mt. View, Lockport Memorial, Millard Fillmore, Briody's, Beechwood, and a whole lot of other places that I can't think of right now
Oh, and rhp13, "extended track" just means that she's getting all the non-nursing classes required for the degree out of the way before she goes into the nursing program/takes nursing classes.
I hope this information helped. If you have any more questions, just let me know.