BUCKING NATIONAL TRENDS:
Students chat outside of MGH Institute of Health Professions at the start of the academic year.
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the number of students entering undergraduate and graduate schools in fall 2013 decreased for the first time since 2006. However this is not the case at the MGH Institute of Health Professions where the number of full- and part-time students has increased almost 15 percent for the start of the 2013-2014 academic year.
According to the Office of Student Affairs, there are 422 new students – for a total of 1,400 – the most in the Boston graduate school’s 36-year history.
Eighteen new full- and part-time faculty have been hired for this academic year to accommodate the school’s continued growth. This is in addition to the scores of clinical instructors and preceptors in myriad health care settings who work with students to provide the kind of hands-on education for which the MGH Institute of Health Professions is renowned. The institute also has added additional state-of-the-art classrooms, labs and research space to its Charlestown Navy Yard campus.
During the past decade, the number of students increased 130 percent, as school leaders have responded to high numbers of students seeking a health care career and the continued demand for more health care professionals who can care for the country’s rapidly growing aging population. The school has added several new degree programs over that period including a doctorate in Rehabilitation Sciences, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Master of Science in Health Professions Education, and an entry-level 14-month Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing that proved to be so popular after its 2008 launch that a second class was created to meet demand.
With the addition of the Doctorate degree, the MGH Institute of Health Professions now offers the full range of academic degrees –
bachelor’s, master’s, clinical doctorate and research doctorate – in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Health Professions Education and Rehabilitation Sciences. “There is going to be a tremendous demand for new health care professionals in the coming years, and the MGH Institute of Health Professions continues to position itself to help meet that need,” says Janis Bellack, PhD, RN, FAAN, institute president.
Bellack cited the pending retirement of much of the country’s health care workforce, the aging of the baby boom generation, and anticipated changes stemming from the implementation of President Obama’s health care reform legislation as reasons for the MGH Institute’s growth.
Read more articles from the 10/04/13 Hotline issue.