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Higher % of Males in Accelerated Programs?

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35% of the students in my accelerated bachelors->BSN program are male. Obviously, this is higher than the national average of 6%. And it is probably just a fluke. However, I am wondering if the economy might be driving more men into the "second career" accelerated programs. Has anyone else heard of a higher than average percentage of males in programs just commencing?

DuluthMike

Specializes in ICU, ED, PACU. Has 6 years experience.

My accelerated class of 14 had 5 males in it.

i think the trend is more males across the board (diploma, adn, bsn, absn, etc), the bad economy and continued losses of the traditional male jobs (manufacturing, etc) help to bolster the trend.

I suspect you are right, but I'm wondering if the trend might be even more pronounced among the accelerated programs. These programs attract older non-traditional students who are more likely to be directly impacted by the economy, whereas with traditional students a career is still somewhat of an abstraction (ask any art history major). Anyhow, it's just a theory. The 5/14 ratio in Duluth Mike's class is the same as mine, which I found surprising.

i think the trend is more males across the board (diploma, adn, bsn, absn, etc), the bad economy and continued losses of the traditional male jobs (manufacturing, etc) help to bolster the trend.

K.P.A.

Specializes in mental health. Has 2 years experience.

I suspect it's more age related. My accelerated program has almost equal numbers of men and women aged 40+. I don't think 6-12 additional months of school makes much difference to most folks under 40. Especially if parents or a loan is paying the bill.

Most of the guys in initial orientation group opted for the accelerated.

That said, most people did and we had to draw to see who wouldnt get in.

stripec30

Specializes in Vascular Surgery.

We have 5 male students in a class of 40.

For those of us mapping out data points (okay, okay: me), what type of program are you in?

We have 5 male students in a class of 40.

TheSquire, DNP, EMT-B, APN, NP

Specializes in Urgent Care NP, Emergency Nursing, Camp Nursing. Has 9 years experience.

I was already planning on doing my master's thesis on attrition rates by gender in nursing programs. However, with the same data set, I might be able to answer this one too. Check back with me in about a year....

badphish

Specializes in ED. Has 1 years experience.

in my transition program (bridge) LPN/Paramedic/RT/ to ADN we have 12 males out of 58. Most of it are in it because of the better opportunities, better pay, and better hours. Us paramedics work 24 on/48 off so a 12 hour shift is relatively easy. sleep in my own bed c'mon.