Harder for males to get into BSN or ADN programs?

  1. Hi all,

    Is it harder for males who want a career change and who want to go into nursing either for a BSN or ADN-RN to get into nursing schools? Any opinions would be nice and any advice would be greatly appreciated since I would like to go to nursing schoool.
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   NaomieRN
    I think you have a better chance of getting into a BSN program because of your gender. My school was sued because of lack of minority in their nursing programs, so now every year, they have to enroll a number of males and other minority groups.
  4. by   maverickemt
    Yeah, its still competitive though, right. I am all set and I keep on imagining that I am already in. i have my littman stethoscope and my brand new scrubs!!!


    Quote from MSU_nurse07
    At my BSN program, men were held to lower admission standards. While the women averaged 3.5-4.0 GPAs, a few men got in with as low as 3.0's.
  5. by   BSNtobe2009
    Quote from maverickemt
    Hi all,

    Is it harder for males who want a career change and who want to go into nursing either for a BSN or ADN-RN to get into nursing schools? Any opinions would be nice and any advice would be greatly appreciated since I would like to go to nursing schoool.
    I"m a female, but I would hope not. I don't think that males should be treated any differently, but that also includes meeting admission standards.
  6. by   Pompom
    I do not think that is an issue with school admissions. Getting your application and fees in early, line up your source of payment, have good grades and maintain them and you should not have a problem. Nursing school takes up the majority of your personal time, time away from friends and family, even reading a magazine that isn't nursing related cuts into precious study time. It is an incredible committment but worth it.
  7. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Not more difficult, if anything, less.

    Most schools and the instructors that decide upon admissions know full well that 'diversity' in nursing is a consistent problem.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  8. by   collegebound
    I don't think so. At my school, there was no interviews or meetings, you just handed in paperwork. Thus no way of really knowing if the applicant is male or female. My name is Shawn and I got in. Am I male or female? So how would they know?!
  9. by   ICRN2008
    My program gives preference to male applicants. We just revised the philosophy statement to include a section on promotion of diversity in the programs and the profession as a whole. This includes gender as well as racial/ethnic diversity.
  10. by   maverickemt
    Are you from the philipines? Because I would think you would have an easier time getting in...not counting the fact that you are a female. But how many male Indian (from the subcontinent of india) have you seen?
  11. by   dfarr
    I don't think my program gave preference to males. There are only 5 guys in our class of about 80, and I'm sure more than 5 guys applied for this semester. Our admissions are based strictly on pre-nursing GPA and then overall GPA.

    I would hope that they wouldn't give guys preferential treatment. I wouldn't want to know that I got in just because of my Y chromosome.
  12. by   PMFB-RN
    Quote from maverickemt
    Hi all,

    Is it harder for males who want a career change and who want to go into nursing either for a BSN or ADN-RN to get into nursing schools? Any opinions would be nice and any advice would be greatly appreciated since I would like to go to nursing schoool.
    *** I can only speak about my own experience but my nursing school bent over backwards (without actually breaking the rules) to get me into the ADN program. They had no males (or non-whites for that matter) in the class at all and wanted some.
  13. by   Deglynx
    Quote from maverickemt
    Hi all,

    Is it harder for males who want a career change and who want to go into nursing either for a BSN or ADN-RN to get into nursing schools? Any opinions would be nice and any advice would be greatly appreciated since I would like to go to nursing schoool.
    I'm attending a community college for my associates and then moving on for my BSN, but comminity colleges health allied programs are really hard to get into; very competitive. There are always rumors about, guys are preferred than girls into the program, but the college still clarifies that rumors shouldn't be taken seriously, like all the girls take it. I was accepted, but I had good grades, and most of my general ed courses done, the only courses I needed to take were nursing courses, and some girls said "you just got accepted because you're a guy."
    But, to answer your question. I think it all depends if you're a dedicated student, you will get into a nursing school. Just let your grades reflect the hard work you've done.
  14. by   ralegen
    I was just accepted and start in Jan 07. During my orientation, we only had about 4-5 guys out of 40+ students; some of these males were alternates. I do think that there's a possibility of males being preferred, but I doubt that they would do this. I believe schools are mainly concerned with whether or not a student can get through the program; therefore, the grades would have to show this potential.

    Some of my buddy's did very poorly in the prerequisites, and it seemed that they didn't care much. These guys obviously didn't get in.

    I surely hope it's an equal opportunity for all. Actually, one of my friends did exceptionally well in his classes, his name is Kelly.

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