Despite acceptance letter, nursing student not admitted

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By Jim Carr By Jim Carr

PHOENIX - Gianina Allen has always dreamed of becoming a nurse. So, she was ecstatic when she received a letter from Northern Arizona University congratulating her on her successful admission to take classes.
 
“I'm going to text all my friends, I'm going to call all my parents up, I'm going to take them out to dinner, we're going to celebrate, right?” Allen said.
 
Allen applied through an education district called Maricopa Community Colleges, which encompasses 10 different schools. The nursing program she wanted is a dual enrollment program that partners with other schools like Northern Arizona. Allen said starting the program put her one step closer to supporting her family with a career.
 
“You know I saw the light at the end of the tunnel as far as my finances went,” Allen explained.
 
However, just two weeks after getting the acceptance letter, Allen found out that she really wasn’t admitted into the nursing program. In reality, she’d actually been placed on an alternate list in case any spots opened up.
 
“It was very devastating,” Allen told 3 On Your Side.
 
Turns out the letter Allen received from NAU was a general letter welcoming her to the school. However, the letter meant nothing because the nursing program under Maricopa Community Colleges was full and she’d have to wait six more months to take those classes at NAU.
 
“You know, I got this letter saying congratulations you've been admitted. Anyone else would think, you know, they've been admitted,” Allen said.
 
Allen said the acceptance process is confusing and needs to be revamped so other students are not confused like she was.
 
“Being told that, this is going to set my life back at least six months," Allen said. "It's really hard and I know we're going to struggle just a little longer, but I know we'll make it through.”
 
The bottom line here is you can't start one school if the other one is full and isn’t allowing you to start. Apparently, you have to take the classes at the same time. The school district says it’s trying to ensure all students understand that from the beginning.