Time Commitment

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 orientation.

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.