The number of hours per week
that a student could expect to spend in class, clinical, study, library,
transportation and testing depends on the number of courses for which the
student registers and the rate at which the student desires to progress in the
Nursing program. It is expected that
students will complete the program within two to three years of starting the
first nursing course.
Part-time students registered
for nursing courses need to plan on an average of twenty hours per week for
these courses. Once you begin the nursing component, you will register for four
credits of nursing clinical each semester. This equates in time to one (8-hour)
day each week in a nursing care setting. Mastery and completion of a particular
clinical course may take longer than one semester. In this case, an extended
clinical course will give you the extra time needed. Students must also plan on
preparatory time to review the chart and pertinent texts, and to prepare the
nursing process record weekly. Complete details will be given at each clinical
Students should consider
these time commitments in planning for transportation, child care, and
employment. Because of the heavy time commitment in the program, it is strongly
recommended that students do not attempt to work on a full-time basis. Class
and clinical hours cannot be scheduled around a student’s work hours.
Students must be available one eight-hour day per week for clinical.
Another two days per week will be required, to take exams, practice
nursing skills, evaluation of nursing skills, and to attend course
overviews. Additional hours of reading/study time will be required.