Taking a semester off...

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    I am planning on applying for NP school for the Fall acceptance. Thing is, NEXT fall I will be having my wedding that is destination and planning on a long honeymoon - we've waited and want our perfect day. I was planning on taking the next fall semester off so I do not fall back in studies and can focus on the wedding for that month.

    Do you feel that programs will allow this?

    Any input would be great!
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    They may not have a problem, but if I was you I would take one class that semester like Role or something light. But the place I applied to said as long as you finish in 6 years they dont care.
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    I agree with serenitylove14 on this.
    Too much stress to do full semester. I also seen several np schools state 5/6 years for completion.
    If you apply and just take one class , you may feel better knowing your accepted and on your way to your goal .
    I'm only in the research phase now and am interested in the np role if I begin changing careers.

    Good luck on the wedding and school.
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    At UT Arlington, I was told that the administration will grant you "two long semesters" to take time off once already starting the program. The semesters do not have to be taken consecutively.
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    I'd make sure the school you want has a flexible program. My school requires a number of courses in sequence (quite common) and they aren't offered in both fall and spring semesters. So if I were to skip a term, I'd set things back by a year. And once you're really rolling, your brain might not deal with remembering everything after a break. I'm in the first clinical term and wish pharm weren't a faint memory from a year ago! Even things from Health Assessment last term are sometimes fuzzy.

    I too got married in grad school - had a destination wedding in my first semester in fact. We were gone a week, counted our week at the resort as a honeymoon, came back and I put my nose to the grindstone. I cleared it with my professors at the start of the term and they were pretty flexible - I didn't have anything due in that period. Was it fun? Not so much. But I didn't want to wait on the wedding, didn't want to wait on grad school, and in the end it's our day-to-day lives that matter. If I'd been able to start in the spring without consequences I might have.

    Just make sure you know what you're getting into.


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