Honestly, there wasn't any hardest semester for me. They were all equally hard. The hardest class for each semester is the Health Care Concepts class because it has the largest credits. I had a previous degree, so I didn't have to take composition 1. I also CLEP out for General Psychology and Life Span Development. If you haven't taken those non-nursing courses, I highly recommend CLEP them out during this Summer. It doesn't take long to study and take the test and the study material is free online. I haven't taken nutrition and statistic yet, but I will soon.
There were some changes last semester about the amount of days you go to campus per week. I think for 1st semester; you go to campus two or three days per week because you have skill labs and other stuff. I think for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th semester, you only go to campus one day a week on top of the clinical day. On lecture day, class starts at 0830h until 1600h or maybe sooner, depends on the contents but we usually get out earlier than 1600h.
Last semester, everything switched to online after Spring Break, so we had to do everything online. But overall, it wasn't super hard like everyone keeps saying about nursing school. I think the hardest classes for me were A&P 1 and 2. 🤣