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How many weeks are clinicals usually

I applied to Mt St. Mary's ADN program for this fall, it begins 8/21. I had already booked my wedding venue 10/8 and my honeymoon for 10 days that same month. If I get accepted, would I be able to miss a few classes or clinicals, or should I just defer until January. I don't know if this is an option, I was told it was by someone who works there but admissions said maybe not for ADN. Anyone know how long clinicals last, they're on weekends, but don't know if its 5 or 6 weeks, any advice would be appreciated, thanks.

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 15 years experience.

You'd likely be better waiting until January. It's not just the wedding and honeymoon, but how much time is all the preparation going to leave you to focus on school? And many schools also state that you cannot miss any clinical time. The BON requires so many clinical hours to qualify for eligibility for licensure, so why take a chance on not meeting that?

Our semesters are 15 weeks with about 13 weeks of clinical. We can make up one clinical (they discourage any absences but know that sometimes emergencies come up) but anything more than that is cause for dismissal-- we are not allowed to make up 2 clinicals.

I'm not sure if the ADN program you speak of is similar to mine but I would wait if I were you.

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

I applied to Mt St. Mary's ADN program for this fall, it begins 8/21. I had already booked my wedding venue 10/8 and my honeymoon for 10 days that same month. If I get accepted, would I be able to miss a few classes or clinicals, or should I just defer until January. I don't know if this is an option, I was told it was by someone who works there but admissions said maybe not for ADN. Anyone know how long clinicals last, they're on weekends, but don't know if its 5 or 6 weeks, any advice would be appreciated, thanks.

My ADN semesters were divided into two classes that were eight weeks long each. Clinicals were 8 weeks long each, as well ...16 weeks total. You could miss one day of clinical (for each class) in exchange for a very heavy alternate assignment, but if you missed more than one day, you failed- no matter the reason why.

roser13, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho, ASC. Has 17 years experience.

Clinical instructors do not look lightly upon absences. You should not plan on missing "a few."

Thanks this is helpful, now I just hope I get accepted and if I do, I hope I can tell them I want to start in January, do you know if they would let you defer acceptance to a different cohort?

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

Thanks this is helpful, now I just hope I get accepted and if I do, I hope I can tell them I want to start in January, do you know if they would let you defer acceptance to a different cohort?

That is entirely dependent on the school and their admission process. They might let you defer, but they might make you reapply ...and you may or may not get accepted when you reapply (despite being accepted the first time around).

I'm not trying to sound cold hearted, but is there any chance you could reschedule the honeymoon after 1 st semester has ended? There's your break right there and you wouldn't have to be worried about school.

Yea I didn't know I was going to apply to this school, it was only about 4 months ago but I booked my honeymoon out of the country before then

You don't sound cold, I wouldn't have booked it at the time if I had known I was going to apply to mount, booked flight and hotel. I was trying to get into WGU and didn't get in and then mount was my other option because they also have night and weekend program, I work as an epidemiologist full time so I have to work and I'm getting married; main thing is that I can't miss any time so hopefully I can defer until January which is next cohort I heard.