One thing I didn't mention earlier that I wanted to follow up on is the academic difficulty of the program. Most of the people in the program were A students. Many had 4.0s for their prereqs. The class as a whole is filled with intelligent hard working disciplined people.
All that being said, there is a surprisingly high attrition rate in the program. We lost 5 or 6 students at the end of the first term. I think all of them left for personal reasons. This last term, we had 14 that "failed" out. I put "failed" in quotes on purpose. In order to be satisfactorily completing the program, you have to have an average of at least 75 on you exams in each class. Those that failed out often got Bs in the classes they failed, but their tests were too low. I know of a couple that were kicked out for either missing a lab or clinical day. That is around 20 people out of 77 starting. That is a 26% attrition rate in two terms.
Now you may think to yourself, "won't happen to me." You may be right. But all of the people that are gone were good students before entering the program. All were hard working. The problem is that the program is far tougher than anything you may have experienced leading up to it. A&P and the other pre-reqs were a breeze compared to the actual program. Seriously. I look back on A&P and laugh at how hard I thought it was.
Here is a quantitative example... we had a test where the class average was 78 and 18 people failed by scoring below 75. The tests are pretty tough.
The previous poster asked how much time do I spend a day in class, studying, etc. I tend to be on campus from 8-5 Mon - Wed. Their are 4 half day units in that time. The remaining time I am on campus is spent either reading, studying, or printing out hundreds of pages of power point slides. Clinicals are usually on Thurs or Fri. In general, they run 10 hours or so. Then at home, I probably average a normal hour a night reading or studying - unless there is an upcoming test (which is very often) - and then I am studying non-stop. If I test on Monday, I'll spend at least 8 hours a day on Friday, Sat, and Sun leading up to the test. Most weekends are consumed by studying. And by consumed, I mean ALL day.
Add in the numerous group projects and papers on top of lecture, lab, and clinicals and you will be swamped.