blue-eyes1234 7 Posts Jul 23, 2007 I do feel for you, I am in the same boat, I am 34 years old a mother of 3, and since Jan. 2004 been trying to get into the nursing program at my CC. Still working on my co-reqs although until this last Jan I was 2 courses from completing all my pre-and co-reqs when they added two more courses. I have only taken the TEAS test once due to failing it have not worked up the nerve to try again although I have to even have a chance of getting in. As well, a month ago received a letter from financial aid stating that I was no longer eligible for financial aid, based on my progress towards my degree which could not be achieved without exceeding the 150% of total credits I was allowed to finish my degree. I didn't realize how difficult it was going to be to get accepted into my community college's nursing program, nor did I understand the total concept of finishing one's degree within 150% of their total credits. I was especially dumbfounded when I realized that even the classes that you drop are added to the 150% of total credits you are allowed, even when its replaced by another class. As a result, of not understanding how and what is figured into the 150% and my lack of knowledge that all the classes I had dropped even the one's dropped the first week and replaced by another would all be counted has landed me over that limit, and now may not be able to finish my degree without help. I also, made the mistake of taking 16.5 credits my first semester of school 7.5 of which was for an EMT course that was not needed to earn a nursing degree, only if I knew then what I know now. All I have ever wanted was to be a nurse, but it may no longer be possible no matter how much I want it or how sure I am that nursing is the path I was meant to take it may not happen. For many years, I have worked in health care and this has led me to the assurance that I wanted to be a nurse, but my stupidity may have ruined my chances of achieving it. Even though, I can always work in the health care field and have many certifications, none which would fulfill me as much as working as a nurse would ( I am a certified nursing assistant, a certified emergency medical technologist, as well have a certification in phlebotomy, and a certification in end of life care) Although, I did love the ten years I worked in nursing homes, as well love my job of 5 years doing private care for the terminally ill, I know as a nurse I will and can do so much more to help my patients. Yet, as most colleges mine has a very competitive nursing program and they do not care what past health care experience you have, they only consider your grades, and admittance into nursing is solely on your GPA and scores from the TEAS test. I am very discouraged at this point, and afraid with the enormous applicants they get for nursing and how easily they already weed out their applicants they will find it very easy to turn down my appeal. With my cumulative HRS at 67.50 and still needing 50 more credits to finish a degree in nursing and a school that has it chose of applicants why would they even consider me now. So believe me I know the pressure from family ( ARE YOU DONE WITH SCHOOL YET? OR HOW MUCH LONGER DO YOU HAVE? can be hard to answer) I know the feeling of being beat down, and all the pressure we get from family also know the wandering if it will even happen, thinking there is no hope of getting in and thinking of just quitting, but we can't. It took me years to work up the nerve to return to school and after almost 4 years of hard work, missed birthdays, and all the time I have sacrificed while in school that could have been spent with my children; time that will never be mine again I know I cannot give up no matter how long it takes or what it takes to get there is better than it all being for nothing because I quit. So don't give up we will get there someway or somehow it will happen if we really want it, we are not alone in this hardship although until now I thought I was.