Exoskeleton (I rather like the monicker) there ARE programs designed for the working stiff. I carried a full-time job while taking my classes and doing clinicals -its tough as balls to do it that way, but it IS doable. When I started the RN program, I was a fuel-truck driver (tractor/trailer tanker driver -I ran bulk fuel to fuel kilns at phosphate plants etc) -my job allowed me to get an early start so I was off by 4pm, and a quick SSS (s... shower and shave) and in class by 5p. Our clinicals were given on weekends -they were long clinicals (10-12 hrs usually, though sometimes shorter). As you could imagine, you get worn out pretty badly by the time the first semester is over, and you have a long way to go yet. I lost my driving job (though not because I couldn't do the work. I had a boss that seems to have been a bit jealous that he never went to college -he let me go (refused to say 'fired' -he called it "laid off without option to rehire" (figure that one out -but it did include a severance pay of two weeks) he told me "we don't need no college boys". I think the quote says it all (don't you? )
Anyway, fortunately, by that point I had progressed enough (we were in "GI" by then) to get the hospitals interested, and I worked as a tech for the remaining year and a half to get my ADN (at times, I held my full-time tech job, as well as a part-time one at another facility, while going to school). Its a hell of a way to go back (even one of my instructors told us (the class) that it was unrealistic for us to expect to work full time and go to class full time -I grunted and asked her if it were unrealistic for her to expect to get paid -as our class was primarily composed of folks who were too old to go back to 'mommy and daddy's house, and we still had bills to pay of our own.
I never did get an answer.
In any case, can you do it? Yes. Would I recommend it? No, only as a last resort. If you can float a big enough loan, work part-time instead of full. By the time it was all over with, I was totally burned to a cinder, but proud as punch at my accomplishment -I went back to school (pre-reqs) in my 30s, finished up in my late 30s. No rose-colored glasses here. I knew full-well what I was getting myself into