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Male Nursing Student Proves It’s Never Too Late to Earn Degree

Michael Horvath Van Loan School nursing.
Michael Horvath graduated with a master’s degree from the Van Loan School at Endicott College.

It’s never too late to pursue your dreams, even if they include joining the rising number of male nurses after you turn 52 years old. Just ask Van Loan School at Endicott College graduate Michael Horvath.

While Horvath enjoyed his occupation as an MRI/X-Ray technician in New Hampshire, he always aspired to become a nurse. So, Horvath went back to college and obtained the necessary degrees en route to the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Endicott’s Van Loan School.

“I decided that if I was going to do it, it had to be then at 52,” Horvath said.

Horvath found the perfect partner in Endicott’s Van Loan School master’s program with its flexible, hybrid courses designed for working professionals, regardless of age.

“It’s never too late to go back to school and pursue your career in nursing,” Associate Director, Master’s Nurse Practitioner Program Jessica Ochs said. “I see a lot of young students right out of high school that know they want to go into nursing, but then I see on the other spectrum people who are in their 50s, even in their 60s who decide they want to go back and become a nurse. At any age, you will see people go into nursing and having pretty fulfilling careers.”

Horvath is well on his way to a fulfilling career, as he made the most of his Van Loan School at Endicott College education experience by traveling abroad for medical trips in Papua New Guinea and Nepal and completing his internship at a local community health organization.

He also is among the ever-expanding number of men in nursing, which rose to 14.1 percent among those licensed between 2013 and 2015, according to the 2017 National Nursing Workforce Survey.

“I think this is a great career choice,” Horvath said. “There’s definitely a need. It’s a very challenging field. You’re never bored when you’re working – you’re busy. There’s a huge shortage of primary care in this country and it’s not getting better. The physicians are opting out of primary care because it’s not reimbursing at the rates specialties are. And that’s why we need the NPs to step in. And I think we need more male NPs because some people prefer a male in the role.”

Added Ochs: “What I find is that the students and faculty gravitate toward the male nurses because it’s a different perspective, a different point of view. Most of the classrooms are filled with female students, so it’s always nice to have a different perspective. Men in nursing bring that.”

Learn more about the Master of Science in Nursing options at the Van Loan School at Endicott College, including the Family Nurse Practitioner, Global Health, Nursing Educator, and Nursing Administration programs. 


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