Will having 9 withdraws prevent me from getting accepted into an accelerated nursing program?

by wuppy (New) New Student

Hi! I am currently finishing up my Bachelors of Science in Psychology and have planned on applying to an accelerated nursing program right after graduation. However, I have about 2 full semesters worth of withdraws on my transcript between 2018 and 2020. Up until this point, I had a 4.2 GPA and was an extremely great student. After my assault, I had trouble focusing but I still knew I wanted to be a nurse. I kept trying to go back to school but ended up not being able to handle it all. On top of this, I had 3 major surgeries during this time as well which made completing my courses nearly impossible. My GPA now is a 3.84 but I am wondering if I even have a slight chance of being accepted to an accelerated nursing program with the amount of withdraws I have. I literally have 9.  I took org/biochem sequence courses and received an A+ and my GPA is still decent but I do not want to waste my time taking the rest of my pre-reqs if there isn't a decent chance that I will be accepted. 

kayji, BSN

Has 1 years experience. 63 Posts

Your best bet is probably to contact schools you might apply to and see what they say since different schools have different policies. To me, it sounds like you have overcome a lot and that shows dedication and determination, both of which should be valuable in applying to nursing school. If the schools you want to apply to include a personal statement for the application, you might use that to explain how you overcame the challenges you faced and how that helped prepare you for an ABSN program.


Specializes in NICU Extern. 8 Posts

Hi! I actually had a similar experience to you...two semesters worth of withdrawals in a psych degree before going for an accelerated BSN. I only applied to one program, but I was accepted. They did ask me for an essay explaining my academic history (withdrawals, I had a failed and retook a few classes because my mom was in a really bad accident and I couldn’t cope with school), but as long as you explain it in a decent way if given the opportunity you should be fine. Spin it so you can say you learned something from it. Hope this gives you some hope. 


Specializes in Nursing Student. 30 Posts

I have a ton of withdrawals on my transcript. I thinks it better to have a withdrawal then a bad grade. My school only focused on the grades I received in the required pre-reqs for my program.