I'm currently in a one-year accelerated BSN program. I am also married and have four children (ranging in age from 21 months to 10 y/o). I have 4 weeks left in the second of three semesters.
I wouldn't do it any other way. I knew I wouldn't be working while in school so wanted to get through it quickly. I said the same thing...I can handle anything for a year. You wouldn't believe how quickly this year is FLYING by!
It's all about time management. Most parents are really good at this! All the parents in my class are outstanding students who rarely miss a beat. They go home, they spend time with their families and then they study. They get up at 5 AM and study some more. They don't spend a lot of time watching T.V. or going to parties or sleeping in on the weekends. My classmates are former biologists, psychologists, professional athletes, military, computer scientists...you name it!
And ohmigosh...3 hours of sleep?!?! Not me, thanks. I usually get 7 hours at night with a few nights where I only got 5 or 6 hours due to a big paper or a sick child. I've studied pathophysiology with a 4 year old in my lap, complete with his running commentary. I study on my 30 minute commute in every morning (gotta luv notecards). I study while I sit next to a bathtub full of splashing kids.
Now...the other side: You HAVE to have a supportive spouse or significant other because it is a strain on them to pick up so many responsibilities. You will get stressed out so you must have excellent coping mechanisms. And...I admit it...I've become hopelessly addicted to caffeine. :0
The bottom line is that I love this so much that my family is willing to deal with the hassles because they see how happy I am.
I'd suggest you talk to some Drexel accelerated grads. Also talk to the nurse recruiters and administrators at the area hospitals and find out what grads they prefer.
I wish you the best of luck in your decision.