i am finishing my 2nd semester and can tell you this much. as far as what happens before you start the program (i.e. prereqs, applying, acceptance/rejection) it's nothing you're going to be able to pin down. i am very grateful to have been accepted but having said that, i am not sure what goes on in the admission decision process because as far as i can see when i look around the classroom, the admission standards must be very flexibly applied (despite how intimidating they make it sound) if you know what i mean.
but once you are in the program it's very straightforward - 4 semesters, fall spring fall spring, period. no summer classes in between. first semester you'll take your core class plus halfway through start an online pharmacology class that goes through the first half of second semester. second semester you'll take your core class and a pediatrics class that runs half the semester (you want to try not to overlap with the rest of the pharm class). 3rd and 4th semesters you just take the core classes. each semester's core class consists of 3 components: theory (2 classes per week), clinical (hospital time, about 7 hrs. once per week), and clinical topics (1 class per week). the classes are registered for on a lottery system instead of through the usual college registration method so you show up one day, get a number, and it's first come first served as far as clinical locations but everyone's theory and topics classes are the same.
admission requirements aside, it is in your best interests to take all your prereqs before you start the program because you will have plenty of work to do as it is, believe me. i am 44, single mom, work full time and in the night division. i have previous degrees and school has always been easy for me, but i am AT MY LIMIT. that's not to say that i don't squeeze in down time but it's always knowing i should be doing something for school instead. IMHO, this is not a difficult program or difficult content; it's the sheer volume of information to learn and retain on top of all the "busy work" of papers and quizzes, etc. that is daunting. i already have a bachelor's in another area, i have no interest at this point in my life in sitting through a bunch of liberal arts classes i don't need. i wanted to get in, get done, get out, get practicing. if time is of the essence this is the way to go, except you can't control when/if you get in but then that's true anywhere.
long-winded way to say apply everywhere and see where you get in, get your prereqs as cheaply and quickly as you can and keep your fingers crossed. the waiting is the hardest part, no way around it. my sympathies. good luck!!!:spin: