I agree with SmilingBluEyes that they are catering to the traditional fulltime college student and are ignoring the needs of the average nursing student.
I do not however feel that this is going to change any time soon. There is a shortage of instructors which is a major problem. Instructors say they make less than if they were a hospital floor nurse.
BSN programs are typically a program within a university that has many more profitable programs running. I do not think they put alot of time and money into nursing versus polymers and other engineering and technical programs. They attract more students by other type of programs.
ADN RN programs are typically community college based and face competition in luring students from bigger universities. They also try to offer many certificate programs for other careers such as classes in computer programming, and others. Diploma programs-only 186 left in the US.
And as for the government trying to feed money into nursing programs
- well IMHO this has been ineffective. Here is an example. My nursing school recieved money from the government to recruit new students. They recruited and doubled the enrollment of the students. Unfortunately, the school also failed 65% of their students. The government did not require that the school had a program in place that would meet the needs of these new students, such as adaquate amount of instructors, materials, ect.
So this was money poorly spent by our government to establish new nurses. My school did not lose money. The students and the taxpayers took the loss. Also did you know that if the Presidents' attempt to change how Medicare is delivered (HMO) that hospitals anticipate losing 30% if their revenue. Where do you thing the hospitals are going to cut spending? It will probally be on staff cuts (as history has shown) or many hospitals will have to close or merge with bigger hospitals to survive.
Sorry this is so long. But to answer your question, I feel that it just is not profitable and will not become profitable in the near future. The face of healthcare is changing and I do not think it will be for the better until all of us get together and start becoming active in addressing many political issues that run the gamut from education to healthcare, to the economy. And I would like to point out that I in no way pretend to know the intricities of all colleges and some people may feel that the program they attend does not fit into my generalization. For this I apologize in advance. Good luck in school and your career.