Has anyone ever gotten a 5-year time limit waiver

  1. Hello,
    I am wanting to apply to the ADN programs in the DFW area. I have a B.S. in Community Health so I have already taken all of the science courses. My courses were taken over 5 years ago.

    Has anyone ever really gotten a waiver on the 5 year time limit??? I have also worked in the health/medical field since 1997. I currently work as a research coordinator, so I do alot of the things a researh "nurse" would do.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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  3. by   ADNCyn
    Quote from tawillia
    Hello,
    I am wanting to apply to the ADN programs in the DFW area. I have a B.S. in Community Health so I have already taken all of the science courses. My courses were taken over 5 years ago.

    Has anyone ever really gotten a waiver on the 5 year time limit??? I have also worked in the health/medical field since 1997. I currently work as a research coordinator, so I do alot of the things a researh "nurse" would do.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    I haven't heard of that exactly, however, if you received a degree within the 5yr period before getting into nursing school the date in which the sciences were completed wouldn't matter.
  4. by   camiluvsNURSING
    What schools are you applying to?
  5. by   hypnotic_nurse
    Most two year colleges won't give you a waiver for ANYTHING. But you can always try...just be aware that they are less likely to bend the rules than a university.

    If you can get someone from the sciences department to back you up on the waiver prior to asking your department about it, you have a better chance.

    When I went back to school, my CLEPS were more than 20 years old; the community college wanted me to retake them because you can't get the actual scores after 20 years. The university I applied to at the same time was willing to take them.

    The community college suited me better, so I persuaded the English department, history department and the psychology professor to waive comp I & II, American history, and psychology...which the school of nursing then accepted.

    It may take an interview or two with the profs involved, and you should have some arguments at your fingertips as to WHY you should be allowed to skip them. Keep in mind that sciences are an integral part of this program, so this may make ti harder for you than my non-science classes.
  6. by   tawillia
    Quote from caminurse
    What schools are you applying to?
    El Centro and Weatherford. Possibly Tarrant county also.
  7. by   tawillia
    Quote from hypnotic_nurse
    Most two year colleges won't give you a waiver for ANYTHING. But you can always try...just be aware that they are less likely to bend the rules than a university.

    If you can get someone from the sciences department to back you up on the waiver prior to asking your department about it, you have a better chance.

    When I went back to school, my CLEPS were more than 20 years old; the community college wanted me to retake them because you can't get the actual scores after 20 years. The university I applied to at the same time was willing to take them.

    The community college suited me better, so I persuaded the English department, history department and the psychology professor to waive comp I & II, American history, and psychology...which the school of nursing then accepted.

    It may take an interview or two with the profs involved, and you should have some arguments at your fingertips as to WHY you should be allowed to skip them. Keep in mind that sciences are an integral part of this program, so this may make ti harder for you than my non-science classes.
    Thanks for the reply. El Centro specifically has a section in the application packet giving instructions on how to apply for a waiver. I was just wondering if anyone has ever applied and gotten one.

    I dread the thought of having to take all of those science classes again. I work in the medical field, and I use the stuff everyday. Especially A&P. My plan is not to pursue a BSN at this time since I already have a BS. That is why I haven't looked into university programs.

    If I have to take those classes over, I will probably go for my LVN and work as a nurse while I am retaking them and then bridge. If I do that then I may consider the LVN to BSN program at TWU.

    I don't know what I will do. I'm going to the information session at El Centro tomorrow.
  8. by   mjones921
    Hello

    Brookhaven and Mountain View College has no 5-year time limit on science classes so you may want to try
    applying there. My science course are over 5 years so Im applying there.
  9. by   simchamom
    I applied to the El Centro/THR program. I received a waiver for my A&P and microbiology. I am a respiratory therapist with 22 yrs. experience. I had my director and a former employer write letters. I also wrote a letter. Hope that helps. Good luck. I am waiting for my letter now. I hope I get in.

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