Quote from Sl74
I was just wondering if anyone has applied and gotten into another program after withdrawing from one? I did one semester of a undergraduate RN nursing program and failed a 2 credit hour class and decided to withdraw. I wasn't dismissed from the program or anything. I got my bachelors in a different field and now have decided that I do after all want to pursue nursing and apply to an accelerated Clinical Nurse Leader program. There is also an optional essay section asking about obstacles in your academic journey and I'm wondering if it would be a good idea to address why I failed and withdrew in this area or to not talk about it all? Thanks
Yes, I applied to two different graduate programs and was accepted into both despite voluntarily withdrawing from an undergraduate program (though not without some Fs on my transcript). My circumstances were a little different--the program I withdrew from was non-nursing, but I went on to earn my ADN, BSN, and some graduate nursing credits over the years with impeccable grades.
I think the biggest challenge you face is the fact that the program you elected to withdraw from with a failing grade was in nursing, and now you're hoping to apply to a graduate nursing program without (presumably) any successful attempts in nursing courses since. That could be a real problem. Admission committees want to see evidence that you're capable of completing and excelling at the curriculum of the degree program for which you're applying. Did you finish any other nursing courses in that one semester before withdrawing, and if so, did you do well in them? If not, you might want to consider taking a couple nursing courses as a non-degree student (if that's even possible for a non-RN) before applying or adjusting your plans a bit and (at least for now) go for a BSN program instead.
As far as the optional essay section that addresses obstacles in your academic journey, absolutely yes, use that. Acknowledge your past academic mistakes and take full accountability, but don't dwell on them--emphasize what you've done since to make yourself an exceptional graduate school candidate for that program. Good luck!