Are there any nursing schools that will accept my transcripts, even if they are more than 10 years old?

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Dear Donna,

I enrolled in a two-year associate’s degree in nursing program at a community college about 10 years ago. I have been trying to return to school since then and believe now is the right time. The school would not accept my credentials because it has been more than 10 years and want me to retake all the courses, including the prerequisites. Are there any nursing schools that will accept my transcripts, given they are more than 10 years old?

Ten-Year-Old Credentials

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Ten-Year-Old Credentials,

Although there may be a school out there that would accept some of your credits (I don’t know of any), most BSN programs do not accept courses that are more than 10 years old — the reason being that so much has changed in that time frame. I know it is annoying, frustrating and disappointing. I would advise you to do what you have to do to further your education at this time. You’re right — the time is right and it is a smart thing to do.

Read “Go back to school and change your life” ( and “Master the scholarship game” (

Best wishes,


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    TLR August 17, 2021 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    I graduated nursing school in 2010 but did not pass the NCLEX. What can I do in order to retake the NCLEX??

    • Sallie Jimenez
      Sallie Jimenez August 23, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply


      You should contact the NCSBN to answer your specific questions about taking the NCLEX again: It’s possible they will suggest some courses (depending on what field you have been working in since 2010) that can help build your skills and background before you take the NCLEX.

      Thank you for your question.

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