Healthcare Finance News reports that while interest in nursing programs remains strong (up 3.5 percent from 2008 to 2009), nearly 40,000 qualified applicants were turned away, a number that has remained consistent since 2005.
Reasons for turning away students include a faculty shortage and lack of clinical placement sites.
However, 2009 saw an increase in two areas:
1. Number of graduates from entry-level baccalaureate nursing programs increased by 3.2 percent.
2. Enrollment in higher level nursing degree programs (Master’s and Doctoral degrees) increased by 9.6 percent. Graduations increased by 10.5 percent.
To learn more about nursing program trends for 2009 visit the article here.