The newest College of Nursing class makes the grade

New students practice with stethoscopes in class.  Both Collin and Kourtney are on the third row from the bottom.

New students practice with stethoscopes in class. Both Collin and Kourtney are on the third row from the bottom on the left.

The incoming class at the College of Nursing is looking like one of the smartest yet.

The newcomers have an impressive academic record with an average GPA of 3.9 and an average ACT score of 30. A total of 48 new students and 14 returning missionaries have come from all over the country to be a part of the BYU nursing program.

Even though the majority of students accepted were female, the College of Nursing still has a higher number of male students than most other nursing programs.

One of five men accepted into the program, Collin Janke from Columbus, Ohio is excited to get started. “It’s really funny being the minority, it’s definitely a different dynamic,” he said. ”Sometimes people treat me a little funny for being a male nurse.  I get a lot of jokes but it’s fine, it’s totally worth it.”

Chosen out of 153 applicants, these students made it through the competitive application process and will continue to follow their passion for nursing at BYU. “I chose nursing because I really wanted to do something to help people, to serve them,” said Kourtney Ashton, American Fork native. “I always wanted to be a teacher but when I watched medical shows it didn’t gross me out, so I thought I could maybe do something with that.”

One of the first skills students learn is assessing blood pressure. This Tuesday, September 15, the college will sponsor a blood pressure clinic for students to gain experience. Check our Facebook page for times and locations.

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