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16-year-old girl bags Nursing degree at US university, sets record as school’s youngest graduate

A 16-year-old girl named Elliana Tenenbaum has bagged a Nursing degree at Arizona State University, United States, setting a record as the institution’s youngest Nursing graduate.

Elliana is a teen from California who obtained a bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University, United States. She completed the Nursing degree in 16 months instead of the usual four years.

She was able to complete the degree within a short span through an accelerated nursing program. Elliana took college credit courses while at El Camino High School at Ventura College in  California.

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”“Most of my peers know, and I have been unconditionally accepted, I’m incredibly excited. It’s a culmination of all the dedication put into this program and nursing,” she said,

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Elliana told Arizona News that her focus was not on just graduating early but on becoming the youngest nurse in America.“It wasn’t about what age I wanted to do something or what amount of time, but I knew this was the right pathway for me, and why hold myself back when I could get started,” she said.

The accelerated nursing program she enrolled in gave her the opportunity to have real-life experience by working with patients, doctors, and nurses in local hospitals and clinics.

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“I am looking forward to working with more at-risk populations because there’s a greater responsibility there and they really need it,” she said. Elliana said she plans to continue her education and pursue a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in nursing.


Elliana stated that she has an interest in acute care and trauma but would also like to explore other options that might allow her to see the world, such as being a traveling nurse.

She advises others to be open-minded not limit people by their age, and recognize people as individuals and not as numbers because everyone is different and learns at different paces.


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