WHY ARE MANY NURSING SCHOOLS NOT EASY TO GET INTO?
Easiest nursing schools to get into are hard to find. This may make it harder to get into a quality nursing program than ever.
There are a few reasons for the uptick in the nursing industry. An aging population, more outpatient procedures and retiring registered nurses (RNs) to begin. As a result, by 2028, the nation will need 12% more RNs. And even more (26%) advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).
Yet in 2019-2020, the AACN says nursing schools rejected 870,407 qualified applicants. Both from Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and nursing grad programs. The main reason is a lack of master’s and doctorate prepared faculty. But there’s also a shortage of clinical sites, classroom space, and budget.
These issues often force nursing schools to downsize their programs. And makes it more competitive to get into a nursing school. Even with a 3.5 GPA.