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If your dream is to become a nurse, but your application to nursing school keeps getting rejected, you may be wondering what the reasons are and how you can overcome them. The following are the top 5 reasons why we have rejected admission applications. We have also provided practical ways to improve your chances of acceptance.

Lack of Prerequisites:

Nursing schools like prefer their students to have some foundational knowledge when they begin training. They may look for courses such as anatomy and physiology, chemistry, nutrition, and microbiology on your transcript, as well as general education courses like English, sociology, and psychology. To overcome this, talk to our admissions representative about the prerequisites for the program you’re interested in, and make a dedicated effort to complete any missing courses. Keep in mind that the transfer of credit is at the discretion of the receiving institution.

Low-Grade Point Average:

Saint Michael College of Allied Health ( is very competitive, and if your grade point average is lower than 3.0, it may be harder to get accepted. To overcome this, you can try to boost your application with letters of recommendation, a strong admissions essay, or community work in a hospital or clinic.

Low Test Scores:

We may require you to pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) or the Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) A2 exam, which assesses your skills in reading, math, science, English, and language use. Low scores on these tests can predict your chances of doing well in nursing school and passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). To overcome this, study more and prepare yourself to do well on these exams.

Lack of Experience:

We may look for experiences in the field, such as volunteer work or internships, to ensure that you have a good understanding of what the field is like and that you are committed to it. To overcome this, try to gain as much experience as possible in the field and highlight it in your application.

Poor Communication Skills:

Nursing is a field that requires strong communication skills, and nursing schools may look for evidence of this in their application. To overcome this, practice your communication skills and make sure they are highlighted in your application, such as in your admissions essay or in letters of recommendation.

 By understanding these common reasons why nursing school applications get rejected, you can take steps to improve your chances of acceptance and pursue your dream of becoming a nurse.

Lack of a clear Career Goal:

Many nursing schools look for applicants who have a clear idea of what they want to do with their nursing degree. Without a clear career goal, it can be difficult to demonstrate your motivation and commitment to the field. To overcome this, spend some time researching the various career options available to nurses, and develop a clear idea of what you want to do with your degree. Highlight your career goals in your application and show how the nursing program aligns with those goals.

Failure to Follow Instructions:

We often require our students to follow specific instructions on how to apply and what materials to submit. Failure to follow these instructions can lead to your application being rejected. To overcome this, carefully read and follow all instructions provided by the nursing school, and make sure all materials are submitted on time and in the correct format.

Lack of Diversity:

We are committed to promoting diversity and may look for applicants from underrepresented groups. If you are from a minority background or have a unique perspective to offer, make sure to highlight this in your application. Show how your diversity will contribute to the nursing program and the field as a whole.

Insufficient Extracurricular Activities:

We may look for applicants who are well-rounded and have a variety of interests and activities beyond academics. To overcome this, try to get involved in extracurricular activities that demonstrate your passion and commitment to the field of nursing.

Inadequate References:

Many nursing schools, like ours, require letters of recommendation as part of the application process. If the references you have provided are weak or not well-written, it can hurt your chances of being accepted. To overcome this, choose references who know you well and can speak to your qualifications and motivation to become a nurse.

In conclusion, there are many reasons why nursing school applications can be rejected. Some of the most common reasons include lack of prerequisites, low-grade point average, low test scores, lack of experience, poor communication skills, lack of a clear career goal, failure to follow instructions, lack of diversity, insufficient extracurricular activities, and inadequate references.

 To improve your chances of being accepted to nursing school, it’s important to understand these common reasons and take steps to overcome them. This may include completing prerequisite coursework, studying more to improve test scores, gaining experience in the field, developing clear career goals, and carefully following instructions provided by the nursing school. By taking these steps, you can increase your chances of being accepted to nursing school and pursuing your dream of becoming a nurse.

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