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Failed Fundamentals at BMCC, now what?

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Hi everyone, so I was so excited early this year when i started Nursing 1 at BMCC. I was dedicated, joined a study group, quit my job to concentrate on school, did well in the first two tests.......then....out of nowhere, my 2 kids got  ill one after the other, I lost my Dad and my husband decided he wanted a divorce, he dropped the news one evening when i was busy studying for midterms. needless to say it was devastating , I passed midterm very narrowly and did poorly on the 3 exams that followed that one. I tried to be strong and still study despite all that was going on in my life,  but I would be distracted and find myself crying when alone.  I did not pass the class, got a C- instead of the required C, and the rule in CUNY schools is that once you fail fundamentals you are out of the program.  

I talked to my Mom and she is willing to help me with the kids and other stuff if I can find another program. so there is my question, which schools, Non-CUNY, would take me, and I would also like to hear from anyone who happen to have been in the same situation, what schools did you apply to after leaving a CUNY program? Did you go to a four-year school or went the LPN route? and can a LPN program at A CUNY school take me being that I failed at a CUNY school? I would like to hear from you all. 

 

 

 

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Sometimes the best defense is a good offense.

Stuff happens. Life happens. But it is important to realize when it might be best to step back rather than soldiering on. This advice is often best headed when high stakes are on table, such as nursing or any other educational program where grades and continuation policies are often set in stone.

My standard advice has always been if floundering (for whatever reason) in any course by first several weeks it is best to look at withdrawing. If that option is off table still wise to sit down with an instructor, counselor and or even department chairperson to see what options are available. 

Everyone can come back with one thousand reasons for why they failed an exam/class after the fact. But that often is cold comfort as instructors/departments have heard it all before. However if someone reaches out before things hit the fan, then things *may* be different.

Cannot recall if BMCC has any sort of re-entry procedure for students, but I'd see if that is an option.

Sadly far as CUNY is concerned nursing programs are one big family. Having been removed for cause from one program most always means none of the others will allow entry either.  You might find this thread useful: https://allnurses.com/failed-nursing-first-time-cuny-t335108/

You may find only a handful of options (if any) open.

Complete your undergraduate (AAS) at BMCC, then go onto a BS program (rocking each with a GPA at or > 3.0), then apply to second degree BSN programs.

Attend a LPN program, then upon graduation and licensure move to a bridge RN program.

Try applying to a private (and or for profit) nursing program some of which may be more forgiving of accepting those with a past. In particular I'd look for a school that gives personal interviews as part of the admission process. This would give you a chance to explain what went down.

That being said things cannot come across as a Pity Me Pines sob story. Again these people have heard everything and their primary concern is how potential students are going to handle the demands of a nursing program. 

Am here to tell you right now, if your current GPA is barely 2.5 or worse hovering around 2.0, most places even if so inclined won't take a second look.  Far too many applicants and or current nursing students these days with 3.0 and above GPAs.

In summation if at all possible I'd try to get back into BMCC, that would be the easiest route. If haven't already try meeting with department chair, advisor, instructor.... anyone to see if something can be done.

Good luck.

 

 

 

 

 

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On 5/24/2019 at 9:27 PM, DoGoodThenGo said:

Sometimes the best defense is a good offense.

Stuff happens. Life happens. But it is important to realize when it might be best to step back rather than soldiering on. This advice is often best headed when high stakes are on table, such as nursing or any other educational program where grades and continuation policies are often set in stone.

My standard advice has always been if floundering (for whatever reason) in any course by first several weeks it is best to look at withdrawing. If that option is off table still wise to sit down with an instructor, counselor and or even department chairperson to see what options are available. 

Everyone can come back with one thousand reasons for why they failed an exam/class after the fact. But that often is cold comfort as instructors/departments have heard it all before. However if someone reaches out before things hit the fan, then things *may* be different.

Cannot recall if BMCC has any sort of re-entry procedure for students, but I'd see if that is an option.

Sadly far as CUNY is concerned nursing programs are one big family. Having been removed for cause from one program most always means none of the others will allow entry either.  You might find this thread useful: https://allnurses.com/failed-nursing-first-time-cuny-t335108/

You may find only a handful of options (if any) open.

Complete your undergraduate (AAS) at BMCC, then go onto a BS program (rocking each with a GPA at or > 3.0), then apply to second degree BSN programs.

Attend a LPN program, then upon graduation and licensure move to a bridge RN program.

Try applying to a private (and or for profit) nursing program some of which may be more forgiving of accepting those with a past. In particular I'd look for a school that gives personal interviews as part of the admission process. This would give you a chance to explain what went down.

That being said things cannot come across as a Pity Me Pines sob story. Again these people have heard everything and their primary concern is how potential students are going to handle the demands of a nursing program. 

Am here to tell you right now, if your current GPA is barely 2.5 or worse hovering around 2.0, most places even if so inclined won't take a second look.  Far too many applicants and or current nursing students these days with 3.0 and above GPAs.

In summation if at all possible I'd try to get back into BMCC, that would be the easiest route. If haven't already try meeting with department chair, advisor, instructor.... anyone to see if something can be done.

Good luck.

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much for your response, I met with chair and advisor, they advised to pick another major, something I don't want to do since my heart has been set on Nursing. I believe there are non-cuny schools/ private schools that will take me. I had a 4.0 gpa when I applied for the Nursing Program, right now the C- I got on Fundamentals, dropped my GPA. I am not making excuses about why Didn't do well, I didn't just see the things I wrote above coming and that affected me so bad, you are right, I probably should have withdrawn but its okay, I am focusing ahead. I am still looking at other options out there for me. Thanks again

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