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CCBC Essex - Eve/Wknd Program Schedule?

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I will soon be applying to the CCBC nursing program and am curious about the actual schedule of classes/clinicals. I've heard that for the E/W program lecture is two days per week and clinicals are saturday and sunday (7-12). Is this correct? Feedback from recent grads or current students is much appreciated. Thank you!

The website is not accurate. I am finishing up semester 1, which consists of 129, 155, 153. In the beginning of the semester you attend 4 nights and 1 weekend day. About halfway through it becomes 4 nights and both weekend days. I don't know why this is sort of kept secret. Our whole class thought same as you. The didn't tell us until orientation 2 weeks before class when we also learned we'd be paying about 1000 out of pocket for supplies, uniforms and certifications.

BlackMagicGypsy

Has <1 years experience.

The website is not accurate. I am finishing up semester 1, which consists of 129, 155, 153. In the beginning of the semester you attend 4 nights and 1 weekend day. About halfway through it becomes 4 nights and both weekend days. I don't know why this is sort of kept secret. Our whole class thought same as you. The didn't tell us until orientation 2 weeks before class when we also learned we'd be paying about 1000 out of pocket for supplies, uniforms and certifications.

Thank you so much Mystic! This is the type of thing I was worried about with this program. It bothers me that the website info is so inaccurate...

Yes with my research ive noticed a lot of the available information isn't accurate. I will begin the day program in the spring and viewing the classes I noticed that 129&155 are co-requisites. Orientation isn't until 12/16 but I've been looking for what to expect. Could you give me a heads up of what exactly we will be paying for.

Uniforms are about 200

nurse kit is 75

document tracking 75

backgeound check & drug screen 75

Stethescope bp cuff pen light 100

cpr 75

badge 15

books are at least 1000. Don't rent them, you use them the entire program.

Thanks so much. Do you know if the majority of things are available in the book store?

Only the books. And financial aid comes in late since evening weekend starts 2-3 weeks early.

BlackMagicGypsy

Has <1 years experience.

Mystic, thank you so very much for that post. I've been going crazy trying to plan ahead and you just answered a ton of my questions. You're a life saver!

So, with FA coming in late, how did you finance the first semester?

It's the college finance thing.

BlackMagicGypsy

Has <1 years experience.

So what is the semester schedule like? I mean is it the regular fall and spring deal, are there any breaks between classes, etc?

If you do the atb (associate to bachelors) you don't get breaks. If you do the straight rn (associates) you have off summer and winter but classes start 2 weeks before the school calendar states. M-th night the first semester and sat or Sunday morning for the first few weeks and then both weekend days for the last 6-8 weeks.

I can't wait for school to begin, but I'm nervous as well. Mysticmomma, will you tell me about your experience and any advice you have?

Over all the experience has been good. It felt like we had about 5 orientations before actual classes started. Starting mid-august was a surprise. The lab portion has been very disorganized as they are handing off from the old coordinator to the new one. The lectures have been straight forward, and you are allowed to record them. The clinical experience has been slow. We go so early in the morning, there is really nothing going on, patients don't seem to want you there most of the time. It seems like all we are doing is making beds and ADL's (activities of daily living).

I would make sure you find a small group of 5 or so and create a SECRET facebook group. Get to know each other. When the syllabus comes out, take a look at the objectives for each exam and split them up. Debrief every other week or so and upload your objectives to the facebook page.

Most exams are NCLEX style. Get familiar with those type of questions, especially the "select all that apply" types. I don't think it's too early to start doing practice NCLEX questions on facebook or on apps. On most nursing exams, most answers are right, and you have to choose the MOST right answer.

129 is only a 1 credit class. Take it seriously. Brush up on your legal jargon as it relates to health care. These exams are content secret. Read the books, go to every class and read the power points.

155 is a 2 credit class that seems more like a 4 credit class. Brush up on NCLEX style infection control, homeostasis and pathology of the endocrine system. These exams are very straight forward. Follow the power points and objectives.

153 is the big one. 6 credits. This class is a bit clustered because it has so many instructors. Each instructor teaches a specific content area, and they all add questions to the exams. Start learning about the history of nursing, famous nurses and their theories, the nursing process and learning styles. Aging, comfort and communication are big ones. If you want to get your fundamentals book early, you could peruse these topics. You should also look at pharmacology (absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, pharmacodynamics, drug action, therapeutic effects and side effects, adverse reactions, toxic effects, therapeutic range, factors such as age that affect drug action as well as food/drug and drug/drug interactions). You don't have to know specifics of the last one, just some general ideas.

BlackMagicGypsy

Has <1 years experience.

What is the title of the fundamentals book?

Thanks so much for your input, I really appreciate it

It's just called fundamentals by potter and perry.

I I also wanted to say brush up on your metric conversions for dosage. Practice that too.