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Wednesday May 16, 2012
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Dear Donna,

My daughter is taking college classes towards getting into a nursing program. The university told us last summer she only needed a few classes and then would transition into the program. Recently, my daughter was told she was not accepted. There were more than 100 applicants and they only chose 40. Their advice was to retake classes in order to increase her GPA. I feel we are being taken advantage of financially because we are paying out-of-state tuition. Also, this is such a discouragement to a student eager to become a nurse. I understand all universities do this. She has more than two years of prerequisite classes. My two questions are: how do I find a school that does have an opening in their nursing program, so my daughter can enter it in a smooth transition? And, is a BSN program our best bet?


Dear Donna replies:

Dear Patricia,

Yes, BSN is the way to go. Many nursing schools have waiting lists right now, but some do not. Here is a list of those without a waiting list, www.discovernursing.com/nursing-programs-without-waiting-lists. I’m not sure if this list is kept current, but it's a good place to start. You'll find lots of additional information on this site regarding scholarships, etc. Where there's a will, there's always a way.

Best wishes,

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