It's a tough program and quite expensive so you won't be able to work full-time while going (if you'll need to do that to afford the program/living expenses). Some of the people in my cohort worked part-time, but I knew I wouldn't be able to handle that AND keep up academically. I agree with MrChicagoRN.. Contact Loyola. They were willing to answer all of my questions and then some before I even applied. There are a number of scholarships that are offered to ABSNers so make sure that you ask about those when you contact Loyola.
I don't know how many people apply to the program each cohort, but my cohort started with about 60 students. Even though it was really hard at times, it's worth it for that BSN edge when applying to jobs right now. Loyola also works with a LOT of different hospitals, so during clinical you have the opportunity to make positive impressions and hopefully land a job at the end
I had clinical at about 5 different hospitals. Even if you end up at the same hospital a couple of times, you still have the opportunity to make an impression on different units.
There is a lot of "hands on" type work with this program, not just in clinical but in labs and simulations. The new nursing facility is amazing. I participated in a number of simulations that were extremely helpful with critical thinking skills under pressure. I also participated in a simulation with medical students which was an invaluable experience! We learned a lot from one another.
Hopefully this information helps a little bit! I'm not sure if you mentioned what your previous bachelor's degree is in, but I personally loved learning with nursing students who have such different backgrounds.. You will meet a lot of very awesome people and you will learn how to use your own unique educational background to your advantage as a nurse. Best of luck to you!