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I was unable to pass the nursing school’s exit exam and obtain an associate degree. Is there any way I can still take the state board exam?


Dear Nancy,

I went to school to pursue an RN degree. According to the school’s syllabus, in order to receive an associate degree you have to pass their exit exam with at least a score of 69.3. I did this on the third try, but the director of nursing decided to change it to 70. The teacher who gave the test was not aware of the change. I am left with no degree and a student loan to pay off. Is there any way I still can take the state boards?


Nancy Brent replies:

Dear Michelle,

You need to consult with a nurse attorney or attorney in your state who practices in the area of education law and represents students. It will be important for you to take with you any documents concerning this exit exam, your student handbook, the syllabus, the notice you received concerning the change and the fact that you would not receive your degree, and the facts surrounding the change for the pass rate.

Since possessing an associate degree is a prerequisite for sitting for the boards, you will need to legally challenge the decision to change the pass rate. The attorney will advise you if that is possible and what the next step in that process is.


By | 2013-06-24T00:00:00+00:00 June 24th, 2013|Categories: Blogs, Nursing careers and jobs|5 Comments

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    Rayshaud Brooks November 1, 2018 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Is it possible to sit for LPN boards if you passed all classes , attended graduation but can’t pass school exit even after successfully passing 6 extra months of remediation classes and meet all hours?

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    Laura November 24, 2018 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    I would like to know this too. I passed all my classes, but did not pass exit exam after 4 tries. The state board is obviously what you need to move on, I don’t understand why the exit exam holds you back when you have passed all required classes to sit for your boards.

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    Trina Cruz November 28, 2018 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    We all are in the same boat. Failing the exit exam a number of times dragged my confidence level down. Especially after taking mine the 3rd time when I scored 69.3% when the school is requiring you a 70% passing grade to be able to sit for boards. I took it again the 4th time and boy oh boy! my score went down to 66.7%. What I think was also unfair for me was when the batch of students who took the exit before I took it the third time passed the exit exam because the DON lowered the required passing grade to 67%or 68%. All of them who took and and got a 67/68 passing grade took the NCLEX and are all licensed nurses now. I kept thinking why this has to be the reason why I can’t take the boards yet when I feel like I’m more than ready to pass the NCLEX just like those who scored lower than me on the exit exam.

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    Gisele Da Costa December 1, 2018 at 1:05 am - Reply

    I did not pass my exit test, what can I do? But I passed all my classes. What can I do? Somebody knows?

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    Jessica December 11, 2018 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    I am trying to gain medical experience . I finished my LVN program not passing the exit exam. That means I am a challenger. i passed all the classes. where can i go to gain work experience ?

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