Enrollment in Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs Surge

According to new data released today by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, enrollment in baccalaureate, master's and doctoral nursing programs increased last year, forcing nursing schools to turn away 75,587 qualified applications to professional nursing programs.

AACN's 2011 survey findings are based on responses from 733 nursing schools. Key findings from that survey include the following:

•    In the 2010-2011 academic year, 255,671 completed applications were received for entry-level baccalaureate nursing programs, indicating a 5.6 percent increase from 2010.
•    Total enrollment in all nursing programs leading to the baccalaureate degree is 259,100, an increase from 238,799 in 2010.
•    In terms of graduations, 80,767 students graduated from baccalaureate programs last year. In graduate programs, 24,311 students graduated from master's programs, 601 from research-focused doctorates and 1,595 from practice-focused doctorates.
•    From 2010-2011, RN-to-baccalaureate program enrollment increased by 15.8 percent, marking the ninth year of enrollment increases.

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