tt2323 has 12 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Primary Care/ Trauma.
I have some questions about the 66S course. I’m scheduled to attend next year.
Thank you for responding @tt2323!
I, personally, just commissioned right before Christmas. I am going in as 66S student and just wanted to know your experience on the class and the process through DCC and BOLC. I have been reading previous blog posts as much as a can but I know things change. However, I also have yet to see anyone post about the 66S/66T course itself or life after. I hear both AOC's are together then separated toward the end.
How rigorous is the program? Did you go straight from DCC to BOLC then right to your course? What type of things do you get to learn etc? How is the transition from the course to the unit?
I would've sent this in a private message but the platform won't let me for some reason
Sorry for the late response!
Okay so I know very little about what comes first with DCC or BOLC. I’m a reservist so it was different for me. I do know my fellow classmates worked medsurg for a while prior to coming the the 66T/66S course.
It is true the course is combined with over half of it classroom with the same curriculum. The clinicals is where you get split to either the ED or ICU. However both AOCs do spend time in the other settings.
The classwork for me was extremelty difficult partially because I finished nursing school close to a decade prior to attending. Only 1 person failed out. I had attempted studying prior to the course but If I had to do it all again I would just take one week at a time because they test you on what they teach.
The weeks were split up like cardiology x 2 weeks. Respiratory, endo etc. If felt like an advanced pathophysiology course. Outside of classroom time I studying well over 20hrs a week.
Again I didn’t know folks that were brand new coming to this course. They were previous Arny Med surg nurses. If you need more help let me know! I have friend on AD I could get more details. You could always text me if easier!
Thank you so much @tt2323 !
Yes I would like that. Are you able to send me a direct message? IDK why it won't let me message you. Maybe I haven't built up enough status in the blog but any help is appreciated including your AD connection.
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