Michigan university increases enrollment cap and class offerings to meet needs.

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Michigan, and much of the U.S., continues to experience a shortage of health care professionals, leading some universities to address the crisis head on.

This year, schools including Davenport University with campuses in Lansing, Midland, Grand Rapids and Warren, have expanded their nursing programs to address the growing need, increasing both enrollment caps and class offerings.

Qualified nursing staff are in high demand. Nationally, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 12% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the collective average for occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Davenport University projects the number of nursing jobs in Michigan will grow to more than 112,000 by 2024.

This growth is driven by a number of factors, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for health care services from those in the baby-boom generation, as they live longer and more active lives.

And historically, with limited capacity at major universities, competition to get into nursing school has been intense.

“We anticipate the nursing shortage to continue to increase in Michigan as our population ages and nurses from the Baby Boomer generation retire,” said Davenport University President Richard J. Pappas. “We’ve increased our class offering to meet this need while maintaining a high level of quality and stringent enrollment standards. We still have a few open slots available for the coming semester.”

For students who are certain of their career choice, direct admission into a nursing program as a freshman to a four-year university can jump-start their education, allowing them to begin taking classes within their field of study from day one. Davenport and other universities also offer concurrent enrollment with community colleges as a way for students to enter bachelor’s programs with an associate degree and additional training, allowing those students to attain a four-year degree in just three years.

The concurrent program provides students who are working toward an associate of applied arts and sciences degree with the opportunity to simultaneously earn a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.

According to the bureau, median pay for a registered nurse in the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan metro area in 2018 was $74,390.

If interested in this career path, ATI Nursing Education recommends potential students do their homework.

Step 1: Obtain a high school diploma or GED

While the prerequisites may vary from school to school, all candidates are required to obtain a high school diploma or GED.

Step 2: Explore the profession

Do some research before deciding to pursue nursing. Look up the required degrees, job market, salary and responsibilities to see if this career path is right for you.

Step 3: Research nursing school requirements

It’s important to understand how competitive each school is and to apply to enough programs to increase your chances of being accepted instead of being put on a waiting list. Nursing school entrance requirements vary by program. It is important to look into:

  • The admission process
  • Admission deadlines
  • Program prerequisites

One common requirement is an entrance exam. The Test of Essential Academic Skills is a nursing school admission exam that covers all areas of academics: reading, math, science and English. This exam plays a significant role in determining whether a student is admitted to their school of choice.

Step 4: Apply and be persistent

Once an applicant has met all of the admissions requirements for their school of choice, it’s time to apply. If not accepted the first time, experts recommend applicants try again. Entrance exams can be taken multiple times and personal statements can be revised. Persistence pays off.

To learn more about how Davenport University is preparing its students to launch into this growing field, or to enroll, visit davenport.edu/bsn. Davenport University nursing school applications are being accepted now. Apply as soon as possible to secure your spot in the program.

Members of the editorial and news staff of The Detroit News were not involved in the creation of this content.

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