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The Associated Press December 7, 2010, 4:49PM ET

DeVry students surge into nursing, online programs

DeVry Inc. says enrollment for its nursing and online programs surged by double digits for the 2010 school year, but some of its health care colleges struggled to find students.

The for-profit education company said Tuesday that new-student enrollment at its Chamberlain College of Nursing grew by 42 percent, to 2,981 from 2,100 in 2009. Online course registration increased by 21 percent, to 76,473 from 63,264. And graduate course registration was up 12 percent, to 23,199 from 20,734 in 2009.

For DeVry's undergraduate programs, new student enrollment dropped by 5 percent, to 17,983 from 18.878. But the total number of students jumped 15 percent, to 73,543 from 64,003.

However, the company, based in Downers Grove, Ill., had trouble attracting students to a group of schools that it recently rebranded as Carrington College and Carrington College California. New student enrollment fell by 19 percent, to 4,595 from 5,688. The total number of students decreased by 6 percent, to 10,942 from 11,695.

DeVry said most of the numbers met its expectations, but new student enrollment at its Carrington colleges declined more than it expected.

DeVry said it is investing in its website and admissions process for Carrington.

Carrington College California and Carrington College offer programs for high school graduates seeking careers in health care. They were known until July as Western Career College and Apollo College, respectively. They comprise 19 campuses.

Separately Tuesday, DeVry announced that Adena Johnston has been promoted to lead its Philadelphia-area schools. Johnston has been president of its Center City campus since 2008, and previously was dean of student affairs at DeVry's Fort Washington Campus.

Johnston will be the top executive for DeVry's Philadelphia Metro schools, which also include a campus in King of Prussia, Pa.

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