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There is only ONE lecture for almost every clinical. :eek: So basically you can't pick and choose your times because there is only ONE:eek:. As for the labs, there are several. My question is...... Why is there only one lecture per clinical and is it like this at every school? Also.. It is very competitive to get into the BSN program. Now I know what they mean by not having enough open seats for everyone.

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There is only ONE lecture for almost every clinical. :eek: So basically you can't pick and choose your times because there is only ONE:eek:. As for the labs, there are several. My question is...... Why is there only one lecture per clinical and is it like this at every school? Also.. It is very competitive to get into the BSN program. Now I know what they mean by not having enough open seats for everyone.

I'm not sure what you mean by "one lecture for every clinical"? We didn't have lectures for clinical. We had theory twice a week, lab once a week and then clinical days.

We didn't have choices in choosing classes though...not sure if this is what you mean? Basically, the CRN (numbers for each class we use to register) for each class were e-mailed to us and we registered. So, we didn't have choices as far as what days we had class, lab or clinical.

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OB-nurse2013 has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Labor and Delivery.

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I think she meant one theory class for each class that has a clinical and only one time offered for that class. My class we usually have 2 choices for theory but clinical and labs we don't get a choice they pick for us :( theres 3 clinical times and 3 lab times offered. Are you in a BSN program?

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Every nursing program with which I've ever had any experience worked that same way -- there was one large lecture class, on the day and time determined by the school, and the group was split into smaller groups for clinical (since the instructor:student ratio in clinical is a BON requirement) and labs (since the labs typically can only physically accommodate a limited number of students).

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I think she meant one theory class for each class that has a clinical and only one time offered for that class. My class we usually have 2 choices for theory but clinical and labs we don't get a choice they pick for us :( theres 3 clinical times and 3 lab times offered. Are you in a BSN program?

I'm confused about what a theory class is. At my school we call it lecture. It's once a week and I think it's about 3 hours long... What I meant was, there is only one class discussion for the clinical and we don't have an option of picking because there's only one. And yes I'm in a BSN program.

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I'm confused about what a theory class is. At my school we call it lecture. It's once a week and I think it's about 3 hours long... What I meant was, there is only one class discussion for the clinical and we don't have an option of picking because there's only one. And yes I'm in a BSN program.

Hmmm....is the class discussion tied to clincials? If so, I think we call that clinical seminar. It would make sense that there's only one tied to each clinical group, because the point is for your clinical group to have discussions.

Yes though, we have theory (lecture) and then clinicals. I guess I split it up that way in my head since we get graded on each....so there's your theory grade and then your clinical grade. Sorry for confusing you.

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tokyoROSE has 2 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Operating Room.

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I'm confused about what a theory class is. At my school we call it lecture. It's once a week and I think it's about 3 hours long... What I meant was, there is only one class discussion for the clinical and we don't have an option of picking because there's only one. And yes I'm in a BSN program.

theory class = lecture

In my program, everything is set out for me, labs/clinicals included. Makes registration go really quick.

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In my BSN program, there was just one section of each core nursing course taught once a year, so there was no choice in lecture days/times/lecturer. We all had our clinical hours on the same days at the same times as well. We were split up into smaller clinical sections each with its own clinical instructor and on a different unit, and for most of the program we had no choice of which section/unit/instructor we were assigned to.

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I still don't understand what you mean by "lecture for clinical". We have lecture and we have clinical but the lecture is not FOR the clinical, per se.

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I don't understand what you're talking about. I never get to pick what time's I go to things. Schedules are determined by the college and you go when and where you are told.

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I don't understand what you're talking about. I never get to pick what time's I go to things. Schedules are determined by the college and you go when and where you are told.

Many college courses, especially gen ed courses such as intro to anthropology or college algebra, are offered at several different time slots taught by several different instructors each term. So some students can build their school schedule such that classes are only on Mon, Wed, Fri or avoid early morning classes or the like. And if you don't get into a course this term, well, you can just take it next term, no problem. As they get further along in their studies, most students will find their options for required classes more limited but a majority of undergrad students have much more flexibility and choice in the scheduling of their coursework than someone in a nursing program.

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I know how gen ed classes work, but nursing school is not the same. They have limited faculty and can't offer a bunch of sections for one course every semester. To make up for this they lump the students together into large lecture halls all at once. Also, if you choose to drop or end up failing a course, you can't just take it the next semester as it won't be offered again until the next cohort comes through a year later.

My previous degree in Biology wasn't like this either, you got to pick and choose your schedule from semester to semester. I do miss that, but I guess it doesn't really matter much.

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