Quote from Mdurham1
I am starting the program in the fall. How do you feel about the overall program? Did you finish in a year? How did you pace yourself, as far as classes each semester? Or do they tell you which ones to take.
I've been out of school for a couple of years, so I'm nervous about going back...thanks for any advice you can offer
I enjoyed the program overall. I have some friends who are doing or who have done the local RN to BSN program (USF) and their program is WAY more intense than mine, requires campus visits, and they are no better off than me. We all learned the same stuff. Essentially it is just theory, theory, theory. I did not complete the program in a year. It took me two years. However, I did 4 months of travel nursing for my company and always took some time off around the holidays (December) to be able to enjoy them. I know plenty of people who knocked this program out in a year; most of them just had to take the core 11 courses. I already have a BS from FSU but UTA did not accept my Roman Classics courses as History courses so I had to take both history classes, Government, and and Texas Politics. In Florida we have something called Gordon Rule courses which mean you must write 5,000+ words in the course and you must take at least 4 of them. I have no interest in history so of course I took Roman History, Greek History, Classical History, and Greek/Roman mythology. That said, I did enjoy History I but NOT History II. History II was very time consuming and they purposefully made the course very difficult, I believe. I took it concurrently with another nursing course; I received an A in the nursing course but a B in History II. The only other non-nursing class which I struggled with was Statistics. Again, it was busywork and I took it with another non-nursing class, received an A in nursing class but B in Stats. It is not hard, just A LOT of busy work.
They do not tell your which courses to take in order other than Intro to Nursing (must be first) and Capstone (must be last). Other than that you go at your own pace. I do believe they limit you to 15 credits a semester, which is usually 5 classes. If you want to knock if out in a year it is possible however, I will say that you probably will have no social life if doing so.
Don't worry about going back! You can do this! I graduated with ASN in early 2014 and went back in Spring 2016 and just graduated in Spring 2018. I finished with a 3.9 GPA and was just accepted to their MSN Ed. program with I will start part time (2 classes a semester) in August. Please feel free to reach out to me with any other questions.