School is…..interesting. Each program is a little different but I choose a science heavy school and I got my wish lol. Concepts, for the most part, are not difficult, it's just the shear volume they want to cram into your brain that is the problem. There are not enough hours in the day to get it all in there. We just finished our first semester, everyone was living off of energy drinks, coffee, and caffeine pills. I got about 4-5 hours of sleep every night, including weekends. I saw my family for a half hour dinner each night, on the weekends you could say I also saw them for a half hour lunch. Everyone learns differently and there are def people in my class who found time to do other things, still occasionally go out, etc. I think we went out once, for my husband's birthday, to dinner. Other than that I was at home studying. So I guess the answer is yes, it is a huge volume. When you do anatomy and phys, it will be like that, just worse. I didn't think it was going to be this time intensive b/c I had handled a lot in the past and still was able to work, go to school and get A's-- at one time I was working 2 jobs, doing an online rn-bsn full time program, was also attending emt school twice a week, and had 4 kids. I thought I knew about being busy. Nope, this is more time consuming. We have had only 4 OR observation days so far. Next semester we start regular rotations twice a week. The obs days were eye opening, about how much we will need to know to keep our heads above water…the crna's, some of them, enjoy pimping, where they ask you question after question. But they also let you do anything, so most of us were able to induce, mask ventilate, intubate, give meds, extubate, during these obs days. Some of these tactical skills will not be new to you as they are to us! lol
Before I applied I took three classes of gen chem, which was req to get into ochem. I also took a physics class. It has all been helpful so far, esp the chems…and we are going to start medicinal chemistry next semester, so I bet I will be even more glad! You need gen chem not bio to get into ochem. If you could take, or audit, a grad level physiology class, that would be most helpful. That would be after you are an rn, getting your icu experience. I watched a lot of Dr. Najeeb, he is awesome. I am the same way with gung ho- ness…when I want to do something I want to plan it all out and start NOW! lol You have along path, so just keep the fire burning.