Enrollment of first-time students in four-year nursing programs rose by 5.8 percent in the past academic year, the first such increase in five years, says Internal Medicine News.

According to a survey reported in the medical journal, for the 1989-1990 academic year, 60,522 first-time students were enrolled in four-year college and university nursing programs, both on a full- and part-time basis.Applications to graduate programs also have increased. The enrollments in masters degree programs was 8.2 percent higher than in 1989, while enrollment in doctoral programs was 9.2 percent higher.