The PCE is a fast-paced, rigorous program. Ideally students should to be free of all clinical responsibilities during the 7-week period. This enables students to commit fully to the intense, yet very rewarding curriculum. In addition to three classes daily, students often have additional afternoon computer labs. The PCE involves a considerable amount of homework. In the past, approximately 30% of participants spent on average over 20 hours each week on homework assignments.