Lots of questions! I will try to answer them all. First, I graduated from this program in December 2015. Best decision was to do it all online. The pace is fast, but it was just right for me, no regrets for sure!
1.) I loved this program. All classes are offered online in 5 weeks, 8 weeks or 14 weeks. Most of the longer courses are the most difficult ones that require more information to be given. I chose this program because I was working at partnered hospital and I liked that everything was offered online. The clinical days are at the hospital. Usually you'll do a Monday/Tuesday or Saturday/Sunday. It just depends on the hospital where you're completing clinical and what is available. You also have a test once every week. So there's a day that you need to set aside so that you're able to be at the designated testing site to take your tests. Yes, there is a test every single week....sometimes 2 in a day, but if you are organized and well prepared, then you should be okay. I don't like sitting in classes, so I am happy I was able to do everything online with UTA. No, I don't wish I had done it with another school. Besides, UTA has a great reputation and I've heard that many hospitals will hire a UTA student over other colleges
2.) All lectures are provided online. You can go back and view them as much as you want. I should say they are podcasts. So you can even get them on your phone and listen to them whenever and wherever you want. These were great!!! Also before each exam, many of the instructors will hold live review sessions and quiz you on topics discussed and answer any and all questions you may have. Powerpoint handouts are provided so you can take as many additional notes as needed. In some of the harder courses, the instructional assistants (which are usually other nurses) will provide supplemental information to better help you to understand the subject. Those are great also.
3.) As long as you get all the required pre-requisite classes done then you should be fine. They do require your sciences (mainly anatomy 1 and 2) to be within 5 years. Actually those are the only 2 sciences they require to be within 5 years of admittance to the program I believe. I had to retake anatomy 1 and 2 so that they were current before I would be admitted to the program. The nursing pre-requisite classes (intro to professional nursing, pharmacology and pathophys) are required to be taken at UTA as those are their nursing pre-requisites. I took lifespan and the technical writing class at richland college online to complete my requirements in addition to the pre-nursing courses at UTA (online). I even took anatomy 2 online through UTA. Anatomy 1 and 2 are offered online with UTA....highly highly recommend that....its tough but convenient.
4.) I worked full time while I was in the nursing program...right up until the end. I only worked Friday and Saturday nights at a hospital, but it worked out just fine. I had to quit my job due to a scheduling conflict, but it is do-able. Especially if you have a job that allows you to study.
5.) Study groups can be formed with the people in your clinical group. You will be with 7 or 8 other people in your clinical days, so its just easier to form a study group with them, or if you make friends in the program, you can study with them.
6.) All classes are within a set time frame. You can study at your own pace, but you do have deadlines for assignments, tests, quizzes, projects, etc. Its easy to get behind, so stay organized. Each class lasts a certain amount of weeks.....so its up to you how you plan your study time.
7.) If I could have gone through the program without having to work, I totally would have done that. It was tough to work and to manage all of my assignments, studying time, etc. Some people I know had loans to get them through, I just had to work because I had no family to help me with rent, car note, etc. If you can NOT work great.....it's just a little harder to have to work and do everything for this program.
8.) Speaking from the other side, this program really prepared me to be a nurse. It was very challenging and there were many times where I broke down and cried and procrastinated in doing assignments, and studying, but it was all okay in the end. After I graduated, I took a couple of weeks off to just do nothing and then I started studying for the NCLEX. I studied for a couple of weeks and then just took it......I passed and soon after that I started my job as an ER nurse. I can say this program prepares you very well if you soak up every piece of information presented to you. You don't necessarily have to memorize everything, it will make sense when you are applying it to everyday nursing. I love my job and couldn't imagine doing anything else..........
I'll be happy to answer any more questions you may have....GOOD LUCK!!!