Why Nursing Schools Are Rejecting Applicants During A Nursing Shortage

There has been a nursing shortage for some time now, and it’s not just in Utah! As today’s workforce retires, and with the ever-aging population in need of top quality healthcare, the need for nurses in the United States is projected increase significantly by 2026.

Why then are schools turning away thousands of qualified applicants when there is a substantial need for nursing graduates?

According to CNNMoney, a series of factors come into play.

Currently, there are about three million nurses in the United States, but the nation will need to produce more than one million new registered nurses by 2022 to fulfill its healthcare needs. Because of this projected shortage, there is a tremendous demand from hospitals and clinics to hire nurses—so much, in fact, that many institutions have begun offering big bonuses, free housing and tuition to recruit top talent. Unfortunately, there just isn’t enough space in nursing programs to begin with.

According to CNNMoney, nursing schools turned away more than 56,000 qualified applicants in 2017 alone. Compare that to the annual average rejection of qualified applicants at 30,000 just a decade earlier and it is clear that this is an escalating issue.

With an increased interest in this in-demand profession, nursing programs are struggling to expand class sizes in order to accept new students. To expand the number of registered students a program can support, nursing programs are needing more qualified instructors to teach its courses. Appealing to qualified candidates proven to be a tough task, however, as the average salary* of a nursing school assistant professor is $78,575 compared to that of a nurse practitioner with an average annual salary* of $97,000.

However, it is not just a shortage in qualified instructors. Physical class sizes for clinical training has struggled to remain sufficient enough to hold a larger group of students. In fact, the Michigan Board of Nursing recently shrunk the student-to-faculty ratio in order to improve safety and avoid an overcrowded clinical setting.

In an effort to improve admission rates, nursing programs are coming up with solutions to help increase the number of qualified students they can accept. Expanding to new campuses, partnering with hospitals, and offering bridge programs are just a few of the ways these schools are responded to this ever-increasing demand.

Our Solution

Don’t let a surge in rejection letters prevent you from applying to Provo College. With our nation’s depleting healthcare workforce and an increased demand in newly graduated nurses, now really is the best time to start your nursing degree.

At Provo College, there are no waitlists or pre-requisite requirements to start your nursing program. Our accelerated curriculum helps students get their BSN in as little as 36 months with our CCNE accredited nursing program. With hybrid-format classes, and with many programs offered online, we’re able to accommodate more students in our programs. We also offer flexible class schedules, designed with working adults in mind, making it easier for you to complete your degree while you continue to fulfill your daily responsibilities.

If you’re wanting a promising career in a rapidly expanding field, contact Provo College today. Our friendly and helpful student-centered admissions representatives will help you get started on your path to a new healthcare career with a program that works for you.