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Medical school and Nursing school application rates during the Covid-19 Pandemic

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    By Katherine Kozlowski, Medical Author and Contributor to Veins News and www.VeinsVeinsVeins.com

    As I have applied to medical school this year, I have been asked by friends and family members about the impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on application rates to medical school.

    I did some research and found a recent article that looked into application rates to both medical school and nursing school during the Covid-19 Pandemic.  I found an interesting article from Kaiser Health News that was published by Michelle Andrews.

    The article was published on the website atpointofcare.com 

    Here are some key excerpts from this article:

    What is the impact of Covid-19 on nursing school applications? 

    The article notes that enrollment in 4-year nursing programs increased nearly 6% in 2020.

    How many people enrolled in 4-year nursing programs in 2020? 

    250,856, according to preliminary results from an annual survey of 900 nursing schools by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

    What about 2-year nursing programs? 

    Two-year associate nursing degree programs seem to be experiencing a similar bump as the 4-year nursing programs.

    What about medical school applications? 

    According to Michelle Andres from Kaiser Health News, "medical schools also saw an 18% boost in applications last year, a jump partly attributed to the pandemic and high profile of key doctors, such as Dr. Anthony Fauci."

    My opinion is that the economic downturn has helped thrust those who have a keen interest in taking care of others to pursue careers in nursing and medicine. I look forward to my acceptance letter to medical school soon.