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How many hours did you work during prerequisites?

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I have been living abroad but am returning to the US, to start my prerequisites, I already signed up for a CNA class for as soon as I get back. I would just like a rough idea of how many hours people have worked/ been able to handle from personal experience. I know I need to find my own suitable amount, however, it's nice to hear others experiences.

Thank you!

CrunchRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in Clinical Research, Outpt Women's Health. Has 25 years experience.

40. Fulltime.

40. Fulltime.

did you take on a full load or just part-time classes? Thank you for your response!

Here.I.Stand, BSN, RN

Specializes in SICU, trauma, neuro. Has 16 years experience.

24-32 hours per week, until my final semester. I had a newborn baby while in nursing school as well. Classes were full time.

I'm currently working full-time 40 hrs, night shift. I go to school directly after work. I've been able to mainton an A in A&P1. I'll have a different sch. for the fall tho with A&P2 and other classes

WOW amazing! I was just hopingg to be able to work 12 hours haha, but you guys are inspiring! a baby too! nice! ty

The hours you'll be able to work will probably depend on your job. I worked as a home-care CNA during my prereqs, and my supervisor told me that I could bring my books and study whenever my clients didn't need assistance. So I worked 50-60 hours per week while taking 15 credit hours per semester.

CrunchRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in Clinical Research, Outpt Women's Health. Has 25 years experience.

Full load work and school and work. Doable.

Both full and part time - hours varied week to week, but the full time weeks weren't too hectic. This was with a full-time course load.

Totally doable, just budget your time well. :D

Thank you to everyone who responded! I appreciate the responses!

Ruixi13, BSN, RN

Specializes in MICU RN.

Depends really what kind of class you're taking but.. I managed straight A's with 40-50 hours work/week and usually just 7 credits a semester. I crammed a lot more into the summer session so I'd be a little careful not to overwhelm yourself in summer even if it seems tempting to finish prereqs faster. In the end was able to finish all Prereqs in 1 year starting in summer term and finishing this Spring. Good luck!

I worked ~50 hours a week while taking 1 science, 1 lab and 1 non-science, so ~7 credits.

In my first degree I worked two jobs, so about ~50 (sometimes more) hours a week while pursuing full time. It actually seems more full as an "adult" learner because I like to spend time with my husband and our 2 dogs, and I also prioritize exercise.

You can make a lot work if you "have" to :)

I see a lot of people on here that have very supportive jobs/jobs where they can study at work, so it really depends on your situation. This wasn't my case because I actually feared termination if my job found out (I was previously a financial analyst, and as of last week I'm unemployed to enjoy my time until I start school in May!), so I took EVERYTHING online and never talked to anyone about school until I actually got in.

If you are willing and able to not work full time, you could start there. I would say it's more important to get solid pre req grades!

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OliveOyl91, CNA, RN

Specializes in Orthopedics, Trauma.

I worked full time while taking classes part time. A few quarters I went full time and it wasn't too bad. You definitely have to make the time to get your work done, though. Lots of late nights and early mornings.

about 35+ hours a week, 18-20 credits, straight A's. It's doable but all depends on your personal support system

emmjayy, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU, CCRN. Has 3 years experience.

I worked a full time, 9-5 job while taking my pre-reqs. However, I only took one class at a time and I took the classes online (A&P) or self-studied (algebra & chem) to brush up on things.

32 hours. A pain at tines trying to find classes to work around your work schedule.

For Fall 16 did 6am to 830am classes MW and a class Monday 11 to 230 and Wednesday 11 to 1230. Only day couldn't work was Monday.

This Spring class Tuesday and Thursday eve. A class Friday 8 to 2. Work has been pretty cool giving me days off Tuesday and Thursday.

This coming Fall bit nervous because classes have to take have to be either MW mornings and eves or TR mornings and eves. Plus taking an online class. So 3 classes. Hope work will be cool asking I can only work MWFSSu