Congrats on those who have been accepted for the Fall. I have just finished up my first semester and wanted to give some info regarding some questions that I have seen on here. The below info is based on the Spring 2013 semester so they might have changed things but at least it will provide some answers hopefully.
The background check cannot be completed greater than 30 days before you start clinical, which for us was Jan 5 and our first day at the hospital was Feb 6. You will meet with your clinical group at school for the first 3 weeks or so of school. You will complete the background check online and pay for it there as well. The nursing department will send you an email.
The drug screen for us was prescheduled by the nursing department between Dec 31-Jan 3. They will send you an email with your day and all the details. You will pay for this at Business services at TR and take the receipt to Harris Occupational.
Orientation is mandatory and for us it was Nov 30 from 7:30am-4:30pm. It was long, overwhelming, and full of info. Make sure you take cash as you can buy t-shirts, uniforms, stethoscopes.
You will need to take the following to orientation if you have it:
Immunizations – cannot expire during the semester
Physician Health Form
Photo Id – Recent photo with name on the back; no larger than 3X5
Health Insurance – Insurance print out listing you as the recipient of benefits for 2013. They will not accept an insurance card.
CPR - TCC offered classes at the beginning of January before school started; however most people had already taken CPR somewhere else by then to get it out of the way. Just make sure the certifications are from the American Heart Association for Health Care Professions (BLS) or you will need to take it over again.
As far as your class schedule the nursing department will assign and register you for your first semester. They is an option to switch with another student, but if you do you can only switch the whole schedule not a class. Once you have registered and paid you can go to TR Police center 3rd floor 3702A to receive a TREC Parking decal. If you already have a parking pass they will just add a TREC sticker. Make sure you take your paid fee schedule for Fall and your ID otherwise they will not issue.
Congrats and good luck. Let me know if you have any questions as I know how overwhelming this process is. Enjoy your time off as well!!