I was just wondering how many classes graduates or current students took per term. I just got my course map today (yay!) and will have to enroll in the November 5th start dates for Technical Writing and Prof Nursing A&B because the closer dates were closed. I'm also planning to take college algebra and British Lit.
Are these too many courses at once? I will be starting a residency program, but that is just one to two classes per week and working on the unit. I don't want to get overwhelmed.
ETA: I'm receiving veteran's benefits and would like to be as close to full-time as possible.
I work full time, but I'm not a new grad or in any residency/internship program. I have been an RN for a few years. This is my experience:
I finished absolutely ALL prerequisite courses ONLINE at a community college, which I would recommend unless you do not live in Texas (Texas colleges and universities will only accept government that includes teachings regarding Texas government, and UTA is sometimes pickier with out of state transfer courses). This is much, much cheaper.
You will most likely find that the prerequisite courses are easier as well at a community college, and many of them also offer the 8 week course format that UTA does. (It is my understanding that the prereqs at UTA are 8-week courses, since I never took any of them at UTA I cannot 100% confirm this, but I do know and can confirm that all nursing courses are 5 weeks, with the exception of Prof. Nursing A/B which totals 10 weeks in length).
After finishing all prerequisite courses, I enrolled in UTA's online RN-BSN by taking two courses at a time except for the last course, which they will not let you take with another nursing course (the capstone). The order I took them in was professional nursing a/b and older adults, then health promotion and health assessment, then research and vulnerable populations, then leadership by itself, and finally capstone by itself.
The courses that I found easiest were:
The harder or more time consuming courses were:
-Health assessment (very time consuming assignments)
-Research (probably the most difficult)
-Vulnerable populations (very time consuming assignments)
Leadership and management was fairly easy; however, part of the course involves you shadowing a nurse leader which may be difficult to schedule in between your internship classes and your scheduled shifts on the floor. I would save that course for later.
The capstone is extremely easy; however, it must be taken by itself.
If I were you, I would pair one of the easier courses I listed here with one of the harder ones.
Also, I took introductory philosophy instead of technical writing (also took at a local community college), and there are several other courses that qualify as a substitute for technical writing (look at the UTA website or consult your advisor). You may find that this is an easier option.
Last edit by Just1nRN on Aug 3, '12