Hi guys, I'm in the program now, so I can try to answer a few of your questions, although they supposedly make changes each year, so I can't promise things will be the same for you guys.
First semester, you take a LOT of credits, it's stressful and I think it would be difficult to work during this time. Several people in the program who have worked as nurse tech's or had some part time job before the program were able to work every once in awhile, picking up shifts. But unless you have a flexible boss I'd say it would be hard. Some people work a full "part-time" job (~20 hrs) but I honestly don't know how they do -- I think their grades may suffer and I know they are exhausted and stressed out.
Second semester is a little lighter, but I still think it would be hard to have a regular job.
First semester we had classes three days a week, from 7:30 to around 3 or 4. All of our classes start at 7:30 except for one class this semester, so definitely prepare yourself for that start time. We had clinical (on a medical-surgical unit) one day a week which is from 6:30-3ish. Most of us were at Inova facilities for that clinical. We had one day "off" a week. It was great to have the day to schedule doctor's appointments, do the grocery shopping, etc, but there is so much to do and so much sleep to catch up on, I would not recommend trying to work that one day off.
There is a two week January "term" where you take Community Health. Our class was actually online so we met once the first week and once the second week for tests.
Then the spring semester, you have clinical 2 days a week (again 6:30-3ish, but it varies slightly depending on where you are placed which could be anywhere). This semester you have 3 different clinicals, each for 5 weeks (2 days/wk) -- psychiatry, maternal/child, and pediatrics. Your peds clinical will likely be at Georgetown or Children's Hosp, both in DC. Most of the other clinicals were around the inova fairfax area.
We are wrapping up the spring classes now. We start the summer with a week of lab time and then go into our preceptorship for five weeks -- the preceptorship is basically an internship where we work the same 3x12 hr shifts/wk with an assigned nurse at one of the area hospitals. You will work whatever hours they are scheduled, so this may include nights and weekends and will be 12 hr days. I still don't know where I am going so I don't have much more information on that.
The last part of the summer (the last 5 weeks), we have clinical on Tuesdays and Thursdays (6:30-3 again??) -- this is your community health clinical. We will be placed all over the area and don't know our spots yet.
You don't have any say over your schedule/clinical locations in the fall and spring, but you can let the program know if you want to be carpooling with anyone so they will put you together. No hurry on letting them know, though.
We gave a list of preferences for our preceptorship and community health clinicals this semester but I"m not sure how well that will work out. You don't need to worry about that yet.
Registration will take place in August when you come to campus. Don't worry about it, they will let you know when you need to do it.
As for the classes/presentations/projects, most of the classes have at least one project or presentation and I think most people do well on them. Sometimes they are group, sometimes individual assignments. All of the tests are multiple choice in NCLEX style and they are much more difficult than a regular multiple choice question, so the tests do require a lot of studying -- especially for your 319 pathophysiology class (which includes pediatrics, OB & psych) in the fall and for your 419/adult pathophysiology and 334/pharmacology classes in the spring.
Communication and organization are not always what I'd like them to be with this program so if you're Type A like me, just take a deep breathe and be prepared to not always know things in advance.
Ok, I've procrastinated on studying for my exam long enough -- hope this information was helpful!!