The growth in enrollment in four-year nursing programs tapered off during the academic year that started last October, according to a report released late last month by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
The Washington-based AACN said first-time enrollment in bachelor's degree programs rose 10% in October, compared with a 12% increase during the previous academic year.
The new report is based on enrollment figures from 488 nursing schools. The 1992 academic year figures are based on responses from 511 nursing schools. Changes in enrollment are extrapolated from matched groups of nursing programs each year.
In actual numbers, total enrollment in the 488 schools during the current academic year was 122,482. That's up from 117,215 students reported by the 511 schools a year earlier (See chart). Enrollment figures include first-time students and registered nurses returning to school for four-year degrees.
The number of students enrolled in graduate nursing programs totaled 30,110 in October, compared with 29,171 students during the previous academic year, the AACN said.
Meanwhile, the association reported that 30,179 nursing students graduated from 485 four-year programs with bachelor's degrees during the school year that ended last July. That's up from 28,120 graduates from 512 schools during the previous year.