Applying to a NP as a male...

  1. Does being a male help or hinder (or neither) one's chances of being accepted into a nursing program? I'm just curious because recently almost every time I tell someone I'm currently applying to a NP, they say something like, "being a man will give you a much better shot." I always respond hesitantly, saying, "I'm not sure if that's true, but I'll take it if it is."

    I've heard of gender affecting professions like Education - that a male elementary school teacher is guaranteed to get a job, even over a female who is more qualified because there are so few of them - but not nursing. What are your thoughts?
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   piper_for_hire
    I doubt there are any statistics on this but being a minority (in this case a man) can probably help because the people in higher education value diversity. It seems to me that people feel that there should be more men in nursing so that thought may be in the back of the mind of the person interviewing you. My grad class is about 1/3 men which is pretty high considering the low percentage of men in nursing.

    -S
  4. by   Gauge
    I heard that too when I applied to my nursing program. Not sure if it's true but out of the 55 people who got accepted I have 7 guys in my class. We are definately in the minority and I know at least 1 won't be back next semester and I'm thinking probably 1 or 2 others won't be back either. They don't just accept any guy though, because someone in my A&P 2 class applied and he didn't get in. Although his GPA was only a 2.5ish
  5. by   piper_for_hire
    I haven't heard of NP programs having problems like this. I seriously doubt that A&P grades had any impact on getting into grad school.

    -S
  6. by   Gauge
    Quote from piper_for_hire
    I haven't heard of NP programs having problems like this. I seriously doubt that A&P grades had any impact on getting into grad school.

    -S
    When he uses the term NP he isn't referring to Nurse Practitioner, he is referring to nursing program.
  7. by   piper_for_hire
    LOL! That's pretty funny!

    -S
  8. by   yoyoming1001
    yeah, sorry if that wasn't clear.

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