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I'm new to this site so I apologize in advance if this was already discussed on another board. I searched but couldn't find anything. Anyways, I am coming up on my last semester at CCAC main campus this fall 2018 and wondering if anyone knows what the schedule is like. I know there is a preceptorship the last 5 weeks but am wondering if you also have other clinicals throughout the semester or what the class schedule looks like. I would only be taking NUR 240 and 250. They don't give us our schedules until so close to the semester starting and trying to get an idea of when to let my company know when I'll be leaving so they can hire a replacement. I'm really fortunate they are working with me so don't want to leave them hanging if possible. Thanks for any input! J

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I am currently in my final semester at CCAC. Here is how it went for me (night program, Allegheny campus)

16 weeks split into two sections as follows:

10 weeks

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-2 clinicals per week- 16 hours total a week, 20 clinical shifts total

240- critical care concepts and lab- one class day a week but 7 hours long between the two

6 weeks

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Preceptorship- 2 12 hour shifts a week (totaling 10 shifts)- There is no flexibility you must have availability to match whatever random shifts your preceptor has, many students are taking a LOA from work or switching PRN, whatever it takes to not have scheduling issues

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250- Roundtable discussion one night a week on campus

The preceptorship does not begin until after the first 10 weeks are over, and you will not get any details about what the scheduling will be like until the last minute :-/ Good luck

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sjoyner87 has 1 years experience.

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Thanks so much that is really helpful and congrats on your last semester, that has to be so exciting! For the 10 week clinicals you have 2 days a week are they Saturday/Sunday? and what time is your 240 class? I'm wondering if it's similar to this semester (3rd) where we have 2 clinicals and them classes start at 330 or 530

I plan on leaving my job when the preceptorship comes around if needed or using as much vacation time I have saved to help

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So there are a few options for clinical typically Thursday Friday night 3-11 or Saturday Sunday either 7-3 or 3-11, and they do try to accommodate your preference.

For our class we have one day on campus 3:30-5:30 lab and 5:30 to 10 lecture.. long day!

I am very excited. We just finished our last lecture and it was awesome. Now we just do our preceptorship and a small round table discussion group. Good luck with everything!

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airasalia has 1 years experience.

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What is PRN?

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I am currently in my final semester at CCAC. Here is how it went for me (night program, Allegheny campus)

16 weeks split into two sections as follows:

10 weeks

-----------

-2 clinicals per week- 16 hours total a week, 20 clinical shifts total

240- critical care concepts and lab- one class day a week but 7 hours long between the two

6 weeks

---------------

Preceptorship- 2 12 hour shifts a week (totaling 10 shifts)- There is no flexibility you must have availability to match whatever random shifts your preceptor has, many students are taking a LOA from work or switching PRN, whatever it takes to not have scheduling issues

+

250- Roundtable discussion one night a week on campus

The preceptorship does not begin until after the first 10 weeks are over, and you will not get any details about what the scheduling will be like until the last minute :-/ Good luck

What do you mean by "switching PRN"?

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Do any of you know if they offer 250 during the summer? My biggest hurdle will be the last part with the 12 hr shifts and timing. I can't leave my job..but I will start saving now. If I must..... But is there a way to do the 5 weeks ? Do any of you know someone who was able to do it nights or weekends?

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sjoyner87 has 1 years experience.

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PRN means as needed

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Do any of you know if they offer 250 during the summer? My biggest hurdle will be the last part with the 12 hr shifts and timing. I can't leave my job..but I will start saving now. If I must..... But is there a way to do the 5 weeks ? Do any of you know someone who was able to do it nights or weekends?

Unfortunately they don't offer 240 or 250 in the summer. As far as I know from everyone I talked to they do not. I think it has a lot to do with the fact you have to pass 240 before they will schedule you for 250 so you won't know your schedule for 250 until right before. When we first started the program, they told us that there is no way around it and that you have to take whatever schedule they give you during those last 5 weeks because you are working the same schedule as whatever nurse/facility you are paired with. I also do not think you can switch with people schedules like we can now

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