I'm going into Q2. After our first quarter, we lost 9 people (they didn't pass one of the classes). We haven't lost anyone due to burnout, etc. The cohort before us has lost 12, I believe, but I know that 3 retook the course they failed and will be joining our cohort to continue.
Tmulholland, you are in school every day for the first 6 weeks, starting at either 8 or 9 and ending anywhere from noon to 6. There is a lot the school can do to organize the afternoon labs to be more efficient with time, but I seriously doubt that will happen. After the first six weeks, you will still be participating in something every day, but your Friday will be at a hospital from 6-3:30, and you'll need to go to your hospital on Thursdays to obtain your patient information. Most students who have kids either have older children, some have nannys, and some others have husbands that have a flexible job. This was my schedule for the first six weeks, M/W labs change bi-weekly.
M: Pharma 8-12, lab either 1-3:30 or 3:30-6
T: Essentials 9-3
W: Health Assm't 8-12, lab either 1-3 or 3-5
Th: Patho 9-1
F: full day lab, 8-5
The next cohort to take NCLEX from ECPI will be graduating in July. The problem with the last cohort that did so bad on the NCLEX is (as we were told by the dean) they waited too long to take the NCLEX after graduating. The school encourages students to take the NCLEX soon after graduation. Why? You will find that school nursing vs real life nursing is very different, and the NCLEX is based on school nursing. If you start working and take the exam, you will likely answer questions based on experience.
I made all B's in my classes and just missed A's in 2 of them. I spent just about every evening and weekend studying, as did most others, but students try to help each other out by sharing study guides, etc.