Enrollment in bachelor-degree nursing programs was up 13% in 2005, the fifth consecutive year of growth, but programs also rejected roughly 32,600 qualified applications that year largely because of an ongoing faculty shortage, according to preliminary data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Graduations from entry-level baccalaureate programs increased 19%, the fourth straight year of growth. Still, the gains are not enough to avert a federally projected shortfall of 800,000 nurses by 2020, the AACN said. Some 408 schools provided enrollment data for 2004 and 2005, while 393 supplied graduation data for both years. -- by Melanie Evans
Nursing enrollment up but not enough, group says
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