September 09, 2011
In the past seven years, the number of students who attend MGH Institute of Health Professions has almost doubled.
A total of 1,111 students started the fall term at the Charlestown Navy Yard campus this week to study nursing, physical therapy, communication sciences and disorders, medical imaging, and other health care profession courses. That’s an 83% increase from the 612 students who were at the school for the 2005-2006 school year.
Several factors have contributed to this exponential growth at the Boston health sciences graduate school. Several new degrees have been added, including a Doctor of Nursing Practice for current nurses, and a 14-month Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing for any college graduate that has proved to be so popular that a second yearly group of 85 students will begin in January 2012.
Other degrees in related fields are also under consideration to be added in the coming years.
Additionally, the school’s continued academic reputation continues to attract highly qualified college graduates who are looking to change their career. According to U.S. News & World Report:
- The direct entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy is tied for 7th in the country, and 1st in New England;
- The direct entry-level Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology is ranked 24th in the country, and 1st in New England; and
- The direct entry-level Master of Science in Nursing moved up one slot and is now ranked 3rd in New England, and in the top 10% in the country.
President Janis P. Bellack, PhD, RN, FAAN cited the pending retirement of much of the country’s health care workers, the aging of the Baby Boom generation, and anticipated changes stemming from the recent health care reform legislation as other indications the future of the MGH Institute is bright.
“There is going to be a tremendous demand for new health care professionals in the coming years, and the MGH Institute has positioned itself to help meet that need,” she said. end.