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More nurses are entering baccalaureate and graduate programs. Preliminary data from an annual survey conducted by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) show a 3.5% enrollment increase in entry-level bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) programs and a 22% increase in RN-to-BSN programs. These figures reflect a growing interest among nurses and employers alike in the nursing baccalaureate, says the AACN. Graduate programs also saw growth, with increases of 8% in enrollment in master's programs and almost 20% in enrollment in doctor of nursing practice programs. Qualified applicants are still being turned away, however—more than 52,000 in 2012—although that figure is lower than last year's count, which topped 58,000. Shortages of clinical placement sites, faculty, and funding are common barriers to acceptance, according to the AACN.