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Kicked out of BSN program in final semester

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by Brynnn Brynnn (New Member) New Member Student

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Looking for general advice on this situation. As the title explains I was recently kicked out of BSN program for essentially what comes down to a technicality on a pass or fail course that apparently couldn't be retaken. I have always considered myself to be a relatively good student and was taken by surprise when all this occurred. I did my due diligence in order to find a way to finish my BSN degree with this university and have concluded that this is not a possibility and I will need to transfer. To date I have approx 120 credits and a little over a 3.75 gpa. I have come to understand that trying to transfer to another college at this point in your schooling career is not exactly "productive", as it seems a fraction of the prerequisites will transfer and none of the nursing core curriculum will transfer. The thought of having to retake a year plus of redundant courses, cost of doing this, and overall experience of unexpectedly being removed from a program in which I've invested years of my life that has essentially no value in terms of degree/credits/transferability etc. Has me at the point where it would seem best to forget a career in nursing entirely. At any rate, curious if anyone has any advice as to where or how I might make use of my completed courses if I were to continue on this path. pursuing an ASN vs BSN at this point? best schools to transfer to? quickest most efficient way to continue from this point etc? Thank you in advance 

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Have you looked into ADN programs near you? That would be the quickest and cheapest route, most likely. Alternatively, you could consult an academic advisor at your current school, see if you may get a bachelor's in anything else relatively quickly and then look into ABSN or MEPN programs. 

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I can’t imagine an accredited school

of nursing that would not be transferable , what school is this ? At the very least your prerequisites should be transferable to another college! If that is truly the case , I am sorry . You can do an LPN or ADN program, good luck! 

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The credits that are not transferable are specifically the nursing courses, because one nursing school does not accept the nursing courses from another, except for possibly “Fundamentals of Nursing”.

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You should talk to your advisor and close out your degree.  Get your bachelor degree in health science or whatever they offer at your school.  It doesn’t make sense to have that many credits and leave without a degree.  Your adviser should be able to tell you what degree you qualify for with your completed credits. 

You have a great GPA, so that will get you into an ABSN program. If you need more pre-requisite classes for the ABSN, take them online. 

Like others have said, look at your community college and get an ADN.  You’ll get your R.N., then take online classes to complete your BSN

Or, get an LPN.  There are ways to still achieve your dream.  Do no give up on being a nurse. You CAN do this.  

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Is it at all possible to redo that semester? It doesn't sound reasonable that your school kicks you out without giving you the option of at least repeating. 

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NutmeggeRN has 25 years experience as a BSN and specializes in kids.

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What was the course?

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myoglobin has 11 years experience as a ASN, BSN, MSN and specializes in ICU, trauma, neuro.

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Many schools have a policy of not allowing you to retake semesters when it is an advanced nursing course (a bad policy in my opinion given the investment that both the student and school have made). You may find some schools willing to take some of your core nursing courses. If not you could probably complete an ASN degree in about a year and "get into the workforce" and then complete a BSN or even ASN to MSN while working.  I would be fascinated to know on what basis they failed you.  Good luck and sorry to hear about your ordeal.

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FolksBtrippin is a BSN, RN and specializes in Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Public Health.

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You have a 3.75 GPA. What happened? I would appeal. This seems extreme.

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What kind of school--assuming there was no breach of your school's code of conduct--would not let you graduate because of one failed course?!

Was it your capstone that you failed? Would it be an option to take an incomplete until you could finish whatever you missed?

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myoglobin has 11 years experience as a ASN, BSN, MSN and specializes in ICU, trauma, neuro.

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My first nursing school would fail you without recourse for two failures on "check offs".  In one case an experienced paramedic was failed due to her "failing" the pulse/BP check off because her diastolic value was off more than 5 points and her pulse count was off more than two.  She had an "A", but was out, and had no recourse. This was Ball State which had one of the best BSN reputations in Indiana.  You will find that this sort of thing isn't uncommon.  Thus, when I here people protest the "for profit" schools for being supposedly "too easy" it is tempered by my experience with old guard "brick and mortar" schools often being draconian nightmares that barely respect the rights of their students (in some cases).  No wonder that "nurses eat their own" when the very education system that produces them is so often "heartless" with policies that seem so capricious. 

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