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I applied to a nursing program more than two years ago and have heard nothing. I have tried numerous times to contact them. What can I do?

Monday June 3, 2013
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Dear Nancy,

When applying to an open vocational nurse program, a memo from the program stated there might be a minimum 9-month waiting period. What should I do since it has been more than two years and I have heard nothing, despite numerous phone calls, letters and emails I have sent to the program asking for a decision?


Nancy Brent replies:

Dear Mia,

It sounds as though the program may have run into some sort of difficulty with admitting new students. Did funding run out? Did the program lose its accreditation? Was the program fully up and running when you applied?

The answers to these and other questions may be obtained by checking with the state board of nursing or the LVN board of nursing, to determine what, if any developments or setbacks have taken place. Calling your state representative's office to try and obtain information also would be another possible source of information. Seeking a list of accredited LVN programs to determine if this one is on the list is another option. This easily is done through the Internet or the local LVN professional association.

You did not mention what response you received after you emailed, sent letters or called the program. Do any of those responses support the fact that the program is still in existence, that problems have been identified and therefore there are no admission decisions being made currently, or support other facts that can help you decide whether to apply to another program, if this one is not an option?

Waiting over two years is a long time to place your future professional life on hold. It might be best to give up trying with this program and explore others in your state.


Nancy J. Brent, RN, MS, JD, is an attorney in private practice in Wilmette, Ill. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as legal or any other advice. The reader is encouraged to seek the advice of an attorney or other professional when an opinion is needed.