Dropped in Last Semester

  1. Dear Nurse Beth,

    What should I do if I was dismissed from a nursing program halfway through the last semester of the program? Where should I look to find a school that will accept a student who failed 8 weeks before graduating for literally one semester?


    Dear Dismissed,

    I'm so sorry about your situation. To be dropped during last semester makes it even more traumatic. Have you asked if your school will allow you to repeat the final semester?

    You don't give the reason for being dropped, which makes it hard to answer your question. Whether or not your school will work with you depends on the reason for dismissal, your aptitude, their flexibility, and their policy. If the reason was academic, you could consider getting a tutor.

    As far as being accepted to another school, you will just have to apply to different schools. Nursing programs typically do not encourage mid-program transfers, but every school has its own admission and transfer criteria.

    Best wishes,

    Nurse Beth

    Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!
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  3. by   astormofswords
    Not sure how universities work in America but it seems odd that you would be kicked out and automatically failed from the program unless you did something very serious? It's hard for anyone to give you advice when you're vague and secretive about the reason you have been kicked out.
  4. by   AnxietyMaven
    I know in my school if you don't pass their standardized test to see if you're ready for the NCLEX they will drop you from the program. It is to save the school from having a lower NCLEX pass rate and IMO a shady practice.

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