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Actually, this sounds similar to my program. We did not have separate classes for med-surg, pharmacology, etc. Rather, first semester was Nursing I, second semester Nursing II, etc. By doing this, we only had one area/subject to concentrate on at one time & did not have to worry about multiple tests/assignments/instructors at the same time.
We were given a syllabus at the beginning of each semester which included the schedule for a series of modules for med-surg, OB, cardiac, fluids/electrolytes, etc. The time spent on each module might vary but most were about 2-3 weeks, then a test. As we rotated thru modules, different instructors took over so we would only have one at any given time.
Pharmacology was integrated into each module. So as we learned about cardiac disorders & the associated nursing assessments/interventions, we were learning about ACE inhibitors, beta blockers, antiarrthymics, etc.
Each semester built on the last one with more complexity. So we had med-surg in Nursing I, and again in later semesters, but covering more information.
We had 2 lecture days; Mondays were 3 hrs & Wednesdays were 4 hrs. May not sound like much, but keep in mind, it was all concentrated on one area of study. One clinical day each week & one 2 hr lab each week.
We had 10 textbooks (a few of which I pretty much did not use) & massive amts of assigned reading which I learned to skim. We had powerpoints available to us a few days in advance of starting a new module & I used that as a guide to determine what I focused my reading on.
From the beginning, this program used NCLEX prep questions for reviews & study. We learned early how to approach nursing tests & how to break down the why & what & how. The program has an excellent reputation in my area & consistently has an NCLEX pass rate of 98-100%.
My program was the same. Lectures were 3 hours (I think? It's been a while!!) 2 days a week, lab was 3 hours one day a week, and we also had clinical one day a week. We also took a seminar class, which was an hour long, that went over nursing math, med terminology at the beginning, and then delved into nursing topics like leadership and delegation, some ethical stuff, etc.
Our clinical were split each semester. We always did 6 weeks on med-surg, and the other 6 weeks matched up to the main focus of the lectures that semester. We did 2 med-surg clinicals semester 1 and then added psych and ob-gyn in semesters 2 and 3. I can't remember what other students did 4th semester, but I was placed in a clinical one on one preceptorship in an ICU (not everyone did this, you had to apply for it).
I remember buying a LOT of textbooks 1st semester, but after that it was a book here and there as needed. I reviewed notes, rewrote notes and made some flashcards to study. We had a pretty high pass rate at our school, too.