I got a DUI when I was 19 years old - I was in school, but had not yet applied to the nursing program. I applied, and included in my application a big long statement about what happened and how much I learned from it (it wasn't BS either, I really did learn a lot from it). I got in with no problem, I just had to meet with one of my professors about the few extra steps I will probably have to take to get my license. From everything I've seen, like everyone else has said - as long as you're honest about it, it may slow you down a little but shouldn't stop you. I know that there were a lot of applicants to my program that had higher GPAs and didn't get it. There are a lot of things they pay attention to - just don't try to hide it! Someone who wants to be a nurse should always display VERACITY anyway! I'm 22 now, I'll be graduating in May. I'm hoping that the MSN programs I plan on applying to handle the situation the same way as my undergrad school (University of Tampa).