Released on May 6, 2021
UCF nursing undergraduate students in lab with face masks
UCF students Jesika Van Welie (left) and Morgan Ruggiero (right) were inspired by personal experiences to switch their majors to nursing within the last year. (Photo by Nick Leyva ’15)

COVID-19 has shed light on the work of nurses and other frontline healthcare workers, and has inspired a surge of people to consider the profession for themselves – including students Jesika Van Welie and Morgan Ruggiero.

The UCF College of Nursing has seen that effect firsthand, with an unprecedented amount of applications this year. For its traditional BSN program, the college saw about 150 more applications than usual, a 26 percent increase over last year.

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