I wish I had applied for the Traditional program. I am a current student, and my advice is to go for the traditional track. There are 2 tracks that run every semester and there is flexibility. So, if life gets in the way, or you unfortunately fail a class, you can take it the following semester, or even the summer- if available, and still stay with your track if you pick up the class in the summer, or just jump to the next cohort, not a bit deal.
However, with the ABSN, you do not have that option. You may be able to take the failed class the following semester, but you wont be able to join your cohort, instead you will fall in to a limbo of a 9 month wait and start up where you left off. You will start with the NEXT cohort. So for example, you fail a Fall Pharm class a 2nd semester class, (total 4 semesters) you take that class in the Spring, or you wait until that semester is offered again next Fall with the new cohort, and then remain with the next cohort in the following Spring and continue til finish. Where as, a TBSN student taking a Pharm class with you will take it the following semester, as you will too, they will be able to take 3rd semester the coming up Fall and your 3rd semester will be NEXT year.
However, If you go with TBSN, study for the following semester as if your starting the next semester the following week, during ABSN program, we wished we had some sort of catch up time, but you dive right into the next semester after a weekend. Its like changing gears on your brain, but you want to go on vacation and you start feeling withdrawals of summer.
A break like the TBSN would be a blessing for ABSN, but I think if you don't have a hardy background in clinic setting and terminology, (like an LVN or CNA) you'll need to put 2x the muscle into studying in ABSN because your learning everything from scratch and to top that off your taking a full load and your expected to know everything. It is possible if you have motivation and determination, and a support group to keep you focused.
Another add on BONUS: ATI is a grade in every class except the first semester, (that may change in the future, idk the updates) ,a lot of people passed the class, but failed the ATI causing them to fail the class and had to retake the course for NOOO REASON and thats for both cohort settings.
Moral of the story, even if you get left behind in one class in TBSN, you'll still graduate before someone in the ABSN program in the same situation. There is no bouncing between ABSN and TBSN, trust me.... smh... Good luck guys!