I found an old thread here generally giving rave reviews to FHC's onine RN to BSN program. I am giving it serious consideration but I have one concern. My question is about the clinical component of the program. Does anyone know how many courses require clinical hours and how these are to be arranged in your home community? I am a military spouse currently living overseas so arranging clinical time would take a bit of planning and effort. I would like to see how feasible this program might be for my situation. Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Oct 2, '05
There is no clinical component, but for one day spent with a manager/leader in the leadership class.
Are you currently working? There are some projects that are more convenient if you are working, but not necessary.
I'm currently enrolled, so feel free to ask me any questions you like.
Oct 2, '05
I am not currently working. This base is small and hence the clinic is small. However, I could probably manage to make use of the clinic facilities if needed. How many courses are you taking (or is it recommended that you take) during one semester? And how many semesters are offered per year?
Oct 3, '05
The program is set up that you take one course at a time, with the completion of two courses per semester, with some exceptions. This semester I'm taking co-req courses like Health and Wellness and Western Civ. and they are five week courses back to back.
Usually the courses are 7.5 weeks and you take two per semester. If you're not working and the courses are offered you need, of course you're free to take more.
There are three 16 week semesters offered a year.
I would definately call the counselers there, who are very helpful. Or perhaps in your case use email. (Once you make an inquiring one person is assigned to you throughout your application process), and ask if your situation will have any hinderences.
We have a student in Indonesia, so being far away is of no consequence. A good deal of the courses have realtime chat sessions. Where you discussion the course material and it's graded, so finding a time that matchines your time zone might be a challenge too. We have one nurse in Alaska that is challenged that way.
Good luck and please feel free to ask more questions.
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