Sorry it took me so long to get back to you!
I am doing the regular option, as the flew option wasn't an option until my 2nd semester. At that point it was just easier to keep going rather than drag it out. I had previous nursing school
expereince which due to the circumstances gave me a little trouble but I challenged the admissions board and was able to place my application for Fall'07 but it was full. I reapplied for Spring '08 and got in. My biggest suggestion: have all or almost all your core classes done before starting the program. The classes can be very detail oriented and time consuming as one might expect so it's good to have your other classes done with. I think it also helps you to understand the material much better. I have worked the entire time i was in school, out of need. Part time is what worked best for me, two days a week. Class is almost everyday so weekends would be alright, no more than 24 hours a week of work though.
- There are approximately 50 students (sometimes a few more) that start each fall and spring. Unlike many colleges, TCL has a fall calss as well as a spring class of students for their RN program. It is very competitive getting in. You GPA needs to be above 2.5 but I think that they like the higher GPA's. THey also take applications from GA students and it is based on where you live too. IF you meet the requirements and you live in Beaufort or Jasper county and there is a spot available, you get in before students who applied from other parts of SC (GA students are considered last before the late applicants). Its a little confusing, but once you hear it, it makes some sense. As a LPN, you have a little more of an advantage. you get to enter into the second year straight off. you have three classes to finish out as long as your core classes are all done.
A word of caution
- This program is not for the faint of heart, it is challenging and demanding. I highly recommend you understanding family tends to get put on hold for a bit. You have to come to terms with that. It is definitely worth it. When I started out in Jan '08, we had about 55 students. We lost about 20 that first semester. In Jan '09, we got in about 4-5 students (LPN) and our total count was about 35-40. I am in my final semester set to graduate in December (yah!) and we have 17 students, only one of those is an LPN. I do know that several students chose to space out the last 2 semesters and several failed out. Just be forewarned. Be dedicated and work hard and you should do fine! Any other questions, just ask!