I am half way through my first semester in a 2 yr AD nursing school. I had all my generals and pre reqs done before I got it, so I have 8 credits a semester for 4 semesters. I took classes for 2 1/2 hrs to get them all out of the way before nursing school so that is all I have right now. I have to say that no one really has extra classes in my class. This would probably be different than the bachelor's route. It is 8 credits but more like 12 credit workload. In our school we have theory, seminar, and lab/clinical. We have class 2 nights a week and every other weekend. We are just starting clinicals this weekend. So, we spent the first half of this semester learning things in the lab (vital signs, transfers, bed baths, etc) and lots and lots of theory. You will spend time in lecture and in lab doing hands on work. Outside of class you will do lots of reading, note taking, writing papers, group and individual projects and other assignements. We have had one presentation so far (individual) and have a group one coming up next month. We have had 3 or 4 papers due. We also have to do drug cards for each theory test, which can be kind of time consuming. You will be doing care plans
when you start clinicals which you have to do the night before. I have yet to do one but we have learned about them. In our program, we have already had 5 tests. So, there is a lot of studying and preparing on top of getting ready for the upcoming lectures. 2 of the tests were things you are expected to learn on your own and aren't covered at all in class (medical terminology
and dosage calculations). so, I had to add in time to study for those tests. It is quite time consuming but if you are organized and have good study skills is will go fine. I spend many nights up until midnight because I have 2 kids and that is when I have quiet time alone to study. I rarely have much time during the day.