I just spoke to the director of the program recently during an advisement and she said it is more intense than anybody ever expects it to be; some students wash out. So during the first year students can't work. After students attain their RN, and pursue their advanced education, the program caters to students who are working as RNs.
However, I also learned that CSULA is increasing the cost to attend beginning fall 2013. The school has "no money." So the powers that be are turning it into an extended education program of sorts and thus the cost will double to about $60,000. That pretty much killed my dream of attending.