Of course! Schedules aren't released until a couple weeks before the semester starts, so that may be why there was lack of clarity with that. It varies so much each semester because our clinical coordinator is basically battling with every other nursing program in southern california, so there is a lot of competition for students to be able to get clinical rotations in each hospital.
The cohort itself is broken down further into smaller clinical groups. We have groups that have been placed down in San Diego, one in Encinitas, one in Fallbrook, one in San Marcos, and one up in Riverside. There is about a 100 mile stretch in which our clinicals may take place, anywhere from San Diego and up to Riverside. Unfortunately it is all randomized so you can't guarantee being placed in a facility close to home :/ But the clinicals change each semester, so at least it isnt too long term.
As for the application, you can begin and submit the application at any point in time, but it will not be considered or evaluated until every part is completed. So once all your grades and scores are in, they will do an evaluation in order to give you your points (they admit using a point-based system) and then it is just a waiting game until they send out acceptance emails! But yes, you will need to have your TEAS completed and score submitted in order for them to consider your application complete.
Also, congrats on another little one on the way! That is so exciting
You can do this, it will be tough, but you can do it. Do you have a good support system and family/friends that will be able to help you along the way? That will make all the difference!