I understand, and if I could do it all over again, I may have chosen radiology or sonography.
The NCLEX is not an exit exam, it is a licensure exam. It will not stop you from getting your BSN or whatever degree or diploma was awarded to you. And, as previously mentioned, you can take it multiple times.
The exit HESI, however, can and does stop you from getting your degree. That is the problem I have with it.
The exit HESI was designed to predict NCLEX pass rates and identify problem areas to work on before taking the boards. That is very helpful.
However, schools exploit it and use it to inflate their NCLEX pass rate. Schools should be confident enough in their program to graduate students that successfully pass all of the academic and clinical requirements. But many are not, at my school if you got below an 850 twice, you were out of the program..no degree, no ATT to take boards.
They do this after the students work hard for years, oh yeah, and pay tens of thousands of dollars to the program.
I scored high on HESI but I saw friends who took it twice, barely got below 850 and now have no BSN and no ATT to take boards.
I wonder if some students will change their tune if/when this happens to them.