Transferring students

  1. I really need some help. I was in a nursing program in Texas and was 8 months away from graduating. This summer, a situation arose that led to me and my family to have to move to New Mexico. Now I am having so much trouble getting in to a nursing program here. I was told that NONE of my nursing courses transferred! Now I have to speak to the program director. So I'm starting to wonder if maybe I should just drive to Texas ( which is 4 hrs away) or just start over here... I REALLY don't want to start over. Is there anyone else who has had to move out of state during nursing school? If so, what was your experience and what would you recommend? I am now having to take a semester off and it's driving me insane because I know I should be in school and this is putting me behind
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  3. by   nurseprnRN
    If there's any way that you can finish up in TX, do it. It will be worth the hassle and save you time and money.
  4. by   danedsel
    Ah, so there IS another like myself in the same situation.

    First off, I'm sorry that this situation arose and that you're in this dilemma. I am also in this pickle.

    Here's what I've discovered in my dealings with 3 different colleges in 3 different states regarding transfers: It is highly ill-advised.

    To be direct, you're most likely dealing with degree plan incompatibility. The further you progress in semesters, the more likely your placement will not match up or sync with a degree plan elsewhere. I won't waste time explaining this because you probably already know. Schools don't like these situations because they're complex and they don't get a whole lot of students wanting to do this sort of thing so there's no clear protocol. Nursing is now such a hot career goal that the schools are temperamental and I've been told of the need to "prove myself" as a transfer and picking up where you left off is just not an option. It doesn't make sense to me seeing that they could fill spots of students who have dropped/failed out with students who need a transfer spot that following semester.

    I would second what Grntea said above and go back! If you're out of the nursing game for too long, schools are more likely to make you remediate and redo many or even all classes!

    Even if you stay and work something out, you'll lose a semester or more. Calculate that in terms of money you'll be making as a nurse after you graduate. Losing 2 semesters (8 months) is 2/3 of a nurse's mean annual salary. In my state that's like $30,000.

    If I leave, I will have to start over from scratch and that's IF they have a spot for me.
  5. by   Summer Days
    Thing is, each nursing school's curriculum is different; this makes it extremely difficult to transfer to another nursing school without having to start all over again. You are better off finishing in your current school.