Nursing schools are now turning away more students pursuing higher degrees, according to the latest survey from the National League for Nursing (PDF).
The number of rejections of qualified applicants to master's of nursing programs surged by 15% from 2009 to 2011, according to the NLN.
“Although applicants seeking to enter post-licensure programs found more spots available than their pre-licensure counterparts, competition is increasing,” the survey's executive summary read.
The NLN noted that competition for pre-licensure programs—such as hospital-based programs and associate degrees—has traditionally been intense. Now the competition for post-licensure programs, which include master's programs, is heating up.