After being dismissed from an MSN program, where do I go from here?

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Dear Donna,

I am an RN with a BSN and recently was dismissed from an MSN program in which I completed 43 credit hours. I dropped out once, for personal reasons. I had a C average at the time and earned a C in two clinical courses. Where do I go from here when I can only transfer nine graduate credit hours?


Dear Donna replies:

Dear LaToya,

It is challenging to respond without knowing all the specifics. However, as I see it you have a few choices. You can try to appeal your dismissal (if that is even possible) or you can see if you can get more credits transferred to another major in the same school or sister school (unless you have your heart set on an advanced nursing degree or advanced practice.) Another option would be to cut your losses and start over somewhere else, providing your personal issues have been resolved and you can take steps to prevent the same thing from happening again.

It would be unfortunate to lose all those credit hours, but if there’s no other way, do what you have to do to finish what you started. Be sure to talk to a guidance counselor, mentor, friendly instructor, admissions counselor or confidante to help you get back on track, explore all of your options and move forward.

Where there is a will there is a way. The road may be bumpy and long but the journey is worth the destination.

Best wishes,


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