Regent University’s Board of Trustees on Aug. 9 approved the creation of a new College of Healthcare Sciences.
The college will launch in the fall of 2018, according to an announcement from the Virginia Beach-based university. The board’s decision was unanimous.
“Career growth in health-related fields is expanding explosively and demand for quality health care graduates is three times that of other fields,” said university founder, CEO and chancellor Pat Robertson. “Regent’s record 10,000-student enrollment growth is due in part to our strategic investment in new health care programs. By adding a standalone College of Healthcare Sciences, we will build upon this exponential growth trajectory by offering some of the most in-demand programs in the nation over the coming years.”
There’s a shortage of health care professionals in the U.S., according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data cited by Regent. Employment in the field is projected to grow 19 percent through 2024.
“Our goal is to provide students with the highest quality clinical learning experiences to supplement classroom learning while also serving our regional health care organizations,” Robertson said. “Developing health care professionals has never been more critical in our nation and it is part of our mission to serve communities in Virginia and beyond.”
In 2018, the university’s current health care degree programs will move to the college alongside these new ones: bachelor’s in nursing, master’s in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, master’s in health care informatics, and a master’s in health care administration. Programs in development for 2019 include nurse practitioner, a bachelor’s and master’s program in public health, a master’s and doctoral program in physical therapy and a master’s and doctoral program in occupational therapy.
Additional programs in development include medical records administration, phlebotomy and radiology. Regent said a search for a dean for the new college is under way.