I am going into my 3rd semester at El Centro and HONESTLY I wouldn't buy the books from the school. Look at how much all the books cost you. I am going into third and have only used my Pedi, OB, Med Surg, Fundamentals, Giddens Concepts, Varicolis, Dosage Calculations,patho book, Pharmacology, and Case Study book so far.
I would suggest buying used books. Or even an older edition. First semester you might get a chapter reading list;however, moving on you will not. All we get is the concept and we have to find what to read in each book.
Sometimes the ebooks come in handy with that but regular books work fine because you can just go to the table of contents in the back and find what you need.
You will need some codes for stuff online like SIM Chart, and skills videos. Those you can purchase individually. All the stuff I purchased (ebooks and print version) I haven't even used 25% of it.
I know plenty of people who have bought an older edition, or a used book, and then purchased the codes as they need them.
I have a few of the books in PDF version that I can sell for cheap for who wants them; I have the Fundamentals by Potter/Perry, OB by Lowdermilk (Maternity), Med-Surg by Lewis, Patho by Huether, Pharmacology by Lehne, and NCLEC by Saunders.
So just figure out what it costs you to purchase books vs the whole darn package. If I had to do it again, I wouldn't buy it from the school( or rather company who up sells it).