I think that learning how to cut to the chase and having faith in your knowledge would save a student oodles of time in this program. Learning how to "trim the fat" on the course info will save lots of time and effort. Brave the tasks and get them in the bag.
Course mentors, in addition to your main mentor are actually helpful and surprisingly available/quick to respond.
I decided to take a term break for 3 months so that I can enjoy my summer.
Applied Healthcare Statistics
I got spooked on this one and really dragged it out. There was a pre-assessment that was way harder and focused on different chapters than the actual exam (OA). It turns out that they have updated the PA within the last few months so it's not so scary. I studied a lot and watched the lectures. I passed on my first attempt. The lectures (videos) are actually helpful. This class had lots of terminology and concepts, but not a lot of calculation.
It's easy to get caught up in the wrong details on this. Feels like a lot of work for 2 one-credit classes, but I might have made it harder than it needed to be.
Probably the "bear" of my first term, though it still wasn't that bad. I followed the 20 day plan (found in the student success community) to the T and passed. 3 of my tasks passed on the first try, 2 of them had to be resubmitted more than once.
Health Assessment (OA)
I failed my first attempt on this by 2 points. There was a lot of provider-oriented material, but I found it to be a great refresher on assessment.
Applied Health Assessment
Pretty straightforward, follow the instructions. Helps to do it after you pass the written exam (i.e. I had no idea how to assess sinuses and tactile fremitus until I took this class). They want you to use certain software to produce a video, which complicates things a bit.
Care of the Older Adult
I thought this OA was pretty easy, but I used to work LTC as a CNA. Passed it on the first attempt. The most challenging material was on medicaid, medicare, and healthy people campaigns.