Clark College, NAC, and working...

  1. Hello everyone, I'm moving back home to Washington State soon, and I am interested in applying for the Nursing program at Clark College. My big question is, for those in the program... do you find that you can both work full time, or even just part time and go through training?

    Are classes generally lumped into one or two days? Are there evening and weekend class options and clinical options?

    I am a single mom, so working is something I can't really avoid, though I may be able to just do part time while in school.

    also, did anyone take the NAC training throguh clark, and was that program somewhat flexible in scheduling, or was in a full time commitment during work hours?

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  3. by   nkeele
    I am now almost done with an RN program and I am just now working a lot. I did not work at all during my first year of the program, then last summer I got a job as a nurse tech and worked the summer, once school was back in session I only worked here and there. I got my LPN in January and worked full time this summer. I am working on-call but getting 30+ hours a week, this may be too much and I may have to cut back- we'll see.
    If I were you I would not just put in at Clark, if you can drive I would put in at Lower Columbia College in longview- you get more practical experience! You are required to have your NAC prier to testing, but you can take the LPN exam after the 1st 4 quarters, so you can work to gain experience, confidence and have extra money during your last year. At clark it is just an RN program. I am an LCC student and probably a little biased, but I do know my employer LOVES LCC grads!!!
    You actually should put in to all the nursing programs within driving area because you can always turn one down but as competitive as nursing programs are dont count on getting in your first time!
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    welcome to the beginning of a frustrating process. they are approximately 9 rn programs in the portl*** area, *** each school has different requirements to enter their particular program. trying to get in is a very competitive long process.
    i would suggest going to lpn school first, there is pioneer pacific *** apollo college in portl***.
    i am not trying to be negative but this is the reality of the system as it now st***s. too many people applying *** limited class seats.
    many people applying already have bachelors or masters degrees, since they cannot get work with those degrees they are switching careers to nursing.
    go to the oregon board of nursing website to see the list of all the schools.
    best of luck