I started my program at UTEP spring 2011 (nurse clinician educator) and was working full-time, taking 2 classes at a time. With a back injury I sustained last year, working full-time, and with school, I decided to take some time off. So I've been off work for the past 6 months.
Going to school and working full time is very exhausting whether or not you have a family to maintain. Especially if you are like me and not just wanting to be satisfied with a "passing grade" but graduate with some type of honors (I do have a 4.0 and that was an expectation I placed on myself). So really it is up to you and how much stress you can handle with school and work balance.
To answer 'yvfair'...I like UTEP. I enjoy the distant learning moreso than I think I would've enjoyed going to a campus. Most of the instructors have been very fair and I've only had one so far that has been MIA during our class sessions and we had to report her to the dean. Online classes are very taxing with the paper writing so you definitely need to get ready for that. Us nurses didn't do much formal writing in undergrad, so it was a challenge for me in the beginning, but I'm getting better at it!