Sorry for my delayed responses. I don't check this site that often. But I appreciate your words and information so much. It's making me believe that I can get through this with my sanity lol. I would think taking the NCLEX right after you're finished the program would be the smartest decision because everything is fresh in your mind, plus you just finished testing from Jefferson, which I know prepares you well because their perentage of students passing is almost 99%, if not that. Some people I talked to said something like, you need to study that whole summer because it's 3 years of information. But even after studying the whole summer, I know people that failed the NCLEX. They were in other programs obviously, but hearing someone from FACT say that the NCLEX is passable right after finishing the program is great news because I want to get through it and then just take a long vacation after it's all finished, including my NLEX. I'm always thinking too far ahead lol. I still am finishing up my pre-reqs which are Micro and Anatomy II. And you're right, I shouldn't be stressing so much over a program when it hasn't even begun, I just get nervous because I've never done anything this intense before when it comes to school. I was an English major and found college pretty easy and enjoyable. I love school, so I don't think it's that which will bother me, because I like learning new things, it's just the amount I guess I'll be learning in the time frame. It's a little daunting, plus the whole not having as much time as before, but it's only a year, and to me it's worth it because I'd rather get done a year early then do the APW.
But thanks for all your great tips and information, they really are helpful. Did you get any financial aid or loans? I was going to apply, but I don't know if they give much help to students. Also, I read the you need to take a CPR class and get a drug and criminal background check. When would all that take place? And I know someone who is in the APW program who is finishing up this May. I wondered if I could use her books if she agrees. Do they change them every year?