I'm currently in the 1st semester nursing program at ACC.
Unless they change things which is known to happen and I'm almost positive they said the up comming classes will have to also take another class but they did not tell us what class since we do not have to take it.
(this is what we are currently taking 1st semester....not saying it will be the same for you but it will give you a heads up)
The first 10 weeks you will be taking Fundamentals of Nursing along with a lab, pharm calculations and Pharmacology. You'll have a choice of either taking Fundamentals lecture on monday with lab on tuesday or Fundamentals lecture on thursday and lab on monday. Pharm calculations is an online class and Pharmacology is on fridays. Once you reach week 8 you will do clinicals once a week (depending on the facility, hrs are 6:30am to 1:30-2) They start you off in Long term care facilities and in some cases med surg floor at a hospital. You do these clinicals for 5 weeks. *for us we had a week off for thanksgiving, but if you are taking it in the spring, you should have this break around spring break* After the break you then sign up to do clinicals at another facility. They will give you a list to choose from, some do include nights but not all. I did clinicals at a hospital, two days a week from 6:45 am to 2pm, for 3 weeks.
I right now am in my last week of clinicals for the semester. Hope that helps you out!
Don't stress too much, they will send you a letter once you get accepted letting you know a date and time to come in for orientation. They will let you know then what to expect and give you your schedule and tell you what classes you have to sign up for. WHATEVER YOU DO...do NOT sign up for classes w/o them telling you what to sign up for. With the new banner system it has totally screwed up the scheduling of classes thus making it a headache for you and the instructors as well.
They will tell you to be as flexible as possible when it comes to their scheduling issues, they are understanding that people have jobs and a life outside the nursing program.
I am married and have two kids, so I would have to say yes, I do have a family life still. Only thing is you really need to budget your time wisely to get in all your studies and still have time for the family. These last three weeks have been the best for me because all I have are clinicals so I have more time for my family right now, but those first 10 weeks are hard!
Feel free to msg me if you have any questions and good luck!