2009 Reports on Nursing School Admissions & Graduations

  1. american association of colleges of nursing
    the american association of colleges of nursing (aacn) is the national voice for university and four-year-college education programs in nursing. representing more than 640 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, aacn's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice.
    website: http://www.aacn.nche.edu

    nursing school admissions update
    • 762 schools of nursing in the u.s offer baccalaureate and/or graduate degree programs in nursing.
      within this universe, 610 schools offer entry-level baccalaureate nursing programs (bsn); 475 offer master’s degrees; and 158 offer doctoral programs.

    • based on data from 650 reporting schools, 201,407 students were enrolled in baccalaureate nursing programs in 2008. within this total, 145,845 students were enrolled in entry-level bsn programs.
    • based on data from 444 reporting schools of nursing, 69,565 students were enrolled in master’s degree nursing programs, and 7,392 students were enrolled in doctoral programs.
    • from 2007 to 2008, enrollment in entry-level baccalaureate programs increased by 2.2%; master’s enrollments were up by 10.9%; and enrollments in research-focused doctoral programs rose by only 0.1%.
    • data from 644 nursing schools show that 49,948 qualified applications were not accepted in 2008 due to a shortage of faculty and resource constraints. these applications turned away include 41,385 from entry-level bsn programs; 1,659 from bsn completion programs; 5,902 from master’s programs; and 1,002 from doctorates.
    • 190,483 completed applications to entry-level baccalaureate programs were received at schools of nursing in 2008 with 122,001 meeting admission criteria and 80,616 applications accepted. the application acceptance rate last year was 42.3%.
    • in 2008, men represented 10.4% of all bsn students; 8.9% of master’s students; and 7.1% of nursing students in research-focused doctoral programs.
    • in 2008, the percentage of minority students enrolled in nursing programs was 26% in baccalaureate programs; 24% in master’s programs; and 22.2% in research-focused doctorates.
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  3. by   NRSKarenRN
    from the nln report,spring 2009, pg7 :

    demand for spots in nursing programs continues to dramatically outstrip supply
    adn programs account for majority of growth in admission, enrollment, and graduation

    vast majority of nursing schools recruiting faculty with difficulty

    the national league for nursing's annual nursing data review casts a wide lens on all types of nursing programs, from doctoral through diploma, including the 1000-plus programs offering diploma and associate nursing degrees, to determine rates of application, enrollment, and graduation. administered from march to september 2008 to obtain 2006- 2007 data, the review also provides a comprehensive demographic profile of the current student population, documenting ethnic-racial identity, gender, and age.

    “research undertaken by the nln has long played a key role in decision-making by federal and state governments regarding the nursing workforce,” observed nln ceo beverly malone, phd, rn, faan. “the nln obtains data from lpn to baccalaureate programs creating a true picture of nursing education and contributing to an exact understanding of the importance of the nursing workforce today and tomorrow.”

    key findings include:

    eighty-four percent of us nursing school
    attempted to hire new faculty in 2007-2008
    of those, 79 percent found recruitment “difficult”
    and almost one in three schools found
    it “very difficult.” the two main difficulties
    cited were “not enough qualified candidates”
    (cited by 46 percent of schools), followed
    by inability to offer competitive
    salaries (cited by 38 percent).

    despite increased capacity, an estimated
    99,000 qualified applications—or almost
    40 percent of qualified applications submitted
    to prelicensure rn programs—were rejected
    in 2006-07.
    and selectivity rates (a.k.a.
    “acceptance rates”) were extremely low, with
    53 percent of rn programs falling into the
    “highly selective” category — a designation
    earned by programs offering admission to
    fewer than one half of their applicants.

    capacity continued to grow, although more
    though indicators point to some
    expansion in the rn workforce pipeline —
    the nation added 64 additional prelicensure
    rn programs between 2006 and 2007; the
    rate of growth was slower than in the previous

    associate degree students continued to predominate.
    associate degree students comprised
    over one half of all students enrolled
    in prelicensure rn programs, and more than
    three fifths of admissions and graduations in

    admissions have grown. adn programs
    admitted 12.3 percent more new students
    than last year. baccalaureate admissions continued
    to grow as well albeit at a slower rate
    (5.6 percent in 2006-07) than in recent years.
    diploma admissions were down slightly (4.2

    enrollments jumped. driven by an increase
    in adn enrollment, the nation's ranks of
    prelicensure nursing students grew by almost
    20,000 or 6.7 percent, between 2006 and 2007.
    by contrast bsn programs did not change
    significantly during this period

    graduation rates slowed. prelicensure graduations
    increased by only 3 percent between
    2006 and 2007 after two years of more than
    8 percent annual growth. associate degree
    graduations accounted for the larger share of
    the increase, rising by 4.3 percent. growth in
    baccalaureate program graduations slowed
    to only 2.3 percent, after a dramatic rise of
    almost 20 percent last year

    there was no significant movement in the
    percentage of racial-ethnic minorities graduating
    from prelicensure rn programs
    between 2006 and 2007.
    although the class of 2006 had been considerably
    more diverse yhan in previous years, 2007 brought
    little change with just under 23.6 percent of new
    graduates from minority backgrounds in 2007
    compared with 24.5 percent in 2006.
    similarly, the percentage of male graduates
    held steady at 12 percent in 2007

    concluded nln president dr. elainetagliareni, “given the opportunities being presented as health care reform moves front and center and funding potentially becomes available via the recovery and reinvestment act,
    these nursing workforce data are more important than ever.”

    source: nln annual survey of schools of nursing, 2008

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  4. by   Ginger's Mom
    Thanks, it looks like with a push for quality faculty, the US will be able to meet the demands of nursing shortage.

    Also I would suggest that foreign schools that plan to export their grads to the USA also apply for NLN accreditation, doing this would end all questions about IEN education and put the IEN on par with US grads.