Day in the Life
Throughout the two-year program, students mostly take classes during the day, including the summer semester. There are a few evening classes.
Some students work part-time while in the program. If you can manage it, it is better to focus only on school, since the program is challenging. It requires a serious commitment.
The program is intense because students have to prepare for the national registry exams and there is a different exam for each sub-specialty. There is a lot of material to know.
In the first semester, students have classroom and lab work only. The remaining semesters combine lectures, labs and clinical practice, all in the same week. For example, students might have classes and labs on Monday and Tuesday, and clinicals on Wednesday and Thursday.
The lectures are packed full of information and instructors give frequent tests, therefore it is essential to study outside of class regularly.
In lab, students actually perform procedures on each other. Labs are very interactive and hands-on. Practicing in the lab outside of laboratory sessions is highly recommended to ensure success in the program.
At clinicals, students learn on-the-job one or two full days a week at hospitals such as the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals or MetroHealth Medical Center, as well as at independent outpatient neurology groups such as NeuroCare. Students conduct procedures on real patients in the real world. The employees at the clinical facilities supervise students and are very helpful, making it a great educational experience.