The way I did it was I applied to NKU for some other major ... biology, I think, while I took my pre-requ's. In order to apply for the ABSN program, you have to have had the majority of pre-requ's completed, or at least are in progress. So, I took my A&P's over the summer, and in the Fall, I took Chem, Micro, and a Psych class. Then about 1/2 way through those classes, I applied for ABSN program. Since I was going to complete these classes before starting the ABSN program, that was fine with them. I think it's a great idea to get a job as a nurse's aid while doing the pre-requ's. to gain experience, and see what nursing is like. However, once in the ABSN program, it is difficult to work while going to school, and keep the grades up. The grading scale is a lot tougher in nursing school, and anything below a 78% is considered failing. So, you don't want to work too much and risk failing out of the ABSN program. Some people work a little, and can do it fine. I, however, am one that wasn't able to do it. I tried, but my grades went south, so I quit my job to focus on school. I passed though (woo hoo). Anyway, hope this helps. Keep me posted.