My name is Debie and I am in the process of applying to the competitive nursing program at my local college in New Jersey and also a nursing program in Pennsylvania (St. Lukes School of Nursing). My issue I am dealing with is the fact that yes, I have made mistakes in my life dated seven years or more ago. I have recently spoke with a lawyer and only two of the four cases can be expunged due to the conditional discharge program I did which in New Jersey means that was my only "expungement". The other two offenses were shoplifting (I stole underwear from Kohl's <---- I know it sounds silly) and simple assault (I defended myself while being beat by an ex-boyfriend which resulted in seventy-five stitches to my head.)
With that said, I'm nervous of not being accepted into either programs because of the shoplifting and simple assault charges (my lawyer says that the two offenses are not crimes and are disorderly person offenses) that cannot be expunged from my record. Any advice or similar situations and how the process goes will be greatly appreciated.
What do I say on the application?
How will finger printing results effect me?