I am part time, when I started in Fall '03 our program didn't do clinicals the first semester. This year, they changed the classes and new students had a LTC clinical the first semester. We didn't give meds but we did the rest of the care for 1 patient a day (ADL's, learn simple care plans
, assessments, etc.- it was supposed to be introductory and a compliment to our Health Assessment class that they took at the same time).
Then second semester was psych & med-surg (6 wks of each), where we give meds and do pretty much everything but IV's. Both semesters were 8 hours, 1 day/wk. Care plans & patient worksheets get more complex each semester.
This summer half of us do Peds/ob and half do "Crisis," which is a continuation of med-surg with more acute patients & where we'll do everything, peds/ob is two 8-hour days/wk. Whichever one of these classes you don't do in the Summer, you take in the Fall of second year. I'm not sure when we start getting more than 1 patient.
We also have Community and other stuff in the second year (we are a 5 semester program).
We do a full time preceptorship the second half of our last semster where we do everything that our preceptor would do in his/her normal work days.
I couldn't imagine not doing any clinicals the first year, some of our students complain as it is that they don't get enough clinical time. However, we don't do much lab time at all and I think we should have more of that... we learn pretty much everything on the floor (we did have weekly 2-3 hour labs for assessment skills but that didn't include other clinical skills & procedures).
Good luck to you, you guys should give them feedback, our program really does take our feedback into consideration (at least for the next group coming in).