Hey everyone. I made an account just to comment on this thread.
I am currently in my last semester of the transition program at North Harris. As stated, classes are usually Wed and Thurs, 11-1:30 for N1-N4 semesters. For the Summer session for transition students, the hours fluctuated a lot, but were generally close to that. That said, plan on being there M-F 8-5 for the first 2 weeks of the summer session, and keep M-F clear for the first 2 weeks of each semester. They COULD get everything done during the regular Wed/Thurs, but they like to throw in things like clinical site orientations, calendar reviews, etc. It will drive you crazy if you're not ready for it. If you're like me, you've moved heaven and Earth to get your schedule set up around your clinical day and the classroom schedule, so those first 2 weeks each semester can be a pain. Tests are held on Wed mornings at 8. If you get below a 75, you will be required to attend a remediation session. This is usually the Wed morning the next week.
Like most college programs/courses, you can get MUCH better deals on the books if you hunt around, rent books from online sources, etc. However, there are a LOT of books, and hunting down deals on each one individually is a pain. So, if you're paying with financial aid or aren't tight for money, go ahead and buy the bundle from the bookstore for sake of ease.
START GETTING YOUR TITERS AND VACCINES DONE NOW. Check with someone from the school for a full list. It's a long list; and if your titers are negative for something like HepB, getting the immunizations done properly can take months.
The school suggests that you don't work or work part time while attending. I'm 34 with a house and a family, so for me (and many of my classmates) that's just not an option. If that is an option for you, work as little as you can.
Don't be intimidated by what I'm about to say, because if you can get into the program, you can get THROUGH the program, but...
I am a paramedic with 12 years of experience on the ambulance, and 15 years total patient care experience, and this program has humbled me academically. The tests are no joke. I've maintained a low B average in lecture, but I'm definitely not used to that. Study often, study together, don't procrastinate, and find/use every youtube channel and pathophysiology-one-sheet from Pinterest that you can. Ask the paramedics and LVNs for help with skills. Don't be freaked out by the SIM days because it's just practice for your actual clinicals.
Ask me any other questions you have and I'd be happy to answer!