Hey, so I am a graduate of a Pa. practical nurse program. I completed the program in full, paid off the balance of my tuition and attended the pre-graduation mandatory Nclex preparation course. Unfortunately the day of my graduation I had a family emergency and was unable to attend the actual ceremony; shortly thereafter I ended up putting off nclex and spending the rest of the year caring for a terminally ill family member. Throughout that time I periodically kept in contact with my school and told them about my situation.
Now a year later I am finally ready to take Nclex and my school is refusing to allow me to do so. I called and talked to the head administrator of my program yesterday. She was initially glad to hear from me, I explained my situation again and she mentioned that It had been a year since my graduation and that they hadn't cleared me for Nclex with the SBON yet. But she said that she would and for me to call back today. Today I called and she talked to me for a bit before telling me that the director of the nursing program was worried that since it had been "so long" I had forgotten my skills and that I would fail at my first attempt (effectively dropping their pass rate). The solution that they came up with is that they want me to come in and take a competency test on all areas and pass it with at least a 90% before they approve me for nclex. I feel like that is unfair since I already completed their program and I said as much. After going back and forth for a bit, she said that she and the director would have a conference call with me tomorrow. My questions are can they do this and what options do I have for recourse? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
orange_dolphin, they essentially want me to come to school and allow an instructor to administer a random test to me on any/all subjects to test my knowledge so that they will approve to take nclex if I pass to their satisfaction. It most likely won't be nclex style as the instructors there like to write their own test. So I have no way to prepare or study beyond my old books of which nclex books won't be very helpful and I won't know what subjects their covering until I open the test.
Last edit by Jdv13 on Jun 26, '13