Admissions to U.S. nursing schools rose an estimated 5% in 2006, according to a yearly survey of diploma, associate degree and baccalaureate degree programs, the National League for Nursing said. Graduations from all programs increased roughly 8.5%. The Web-based survey of U.S. nursing schools had a response rate of 50%, and researchers used historical data from the past three years to make estimates.
Diploma nursing programs saw admissions rise about 9%, while enrollment dropped 2.6% and graduations fell 3% in 2006. Associate degree program admissions increased 8%. Enrollment for such degrees remained flat from 2005 and graduations rose 3%. Baccalaureate degree nursing program admissions jumped 12% and enrollments rose 4.2%, while graduations grew 20%. Associate degree nurses account for 59% of those eligible to enter the workforce. -- by Melanie Evans
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