Dynamic Programs = Hot Healthcare Jobs

(March 6, 2013) U.S. News and World Report's latest list of Best Healthcare Jobs underscores the fact that Armstrong's College of Health Professions is successfully preparing students for some of the nation's hottest jobs.

The university's College of Health Professions meets current and future workforce needs by providing the degrees necessary for students to start careers in various healthcare fields. Armstrong offers degrees for registered nurses, ranked the #2 best healthcare job by U.S. News, and physical therapists, ranked #5 best healthcare job on the list. Armstrong also features educational programs to help students become respiratory therapists (#13), radiologic technologists (#15), and clinical lab technicians (#17).

“Armstrong offers interdisciplinary education, hands-on training, and clinical experience to prepare our students for the healthcare jobs of the future,” said David Ward, dean of Armstrong's College of Health Professions. “Our students learn to work as an integral part of a healthcare team by studying with students, professors, and professionals from more than 10 disciplines.”

As the largest undergraduate health college in the state of Georgia, Armstrong's College of Health Professions offers academic programs that prepare students for careers in nursing, public health, health administration, and allied health professions.

The university offers bachelor's degrees in communication sciences and disorders, health science, medical laboratory science, nursing, radiologic sciences, rehabilitation sciences, and respiratory therapy, as well as an undergraduate certificate in gerontology.

Master's degrees are available in communication sciences and disorders, health services administration, nursing, physical therapy, public health, and sports medicine. Graduate certificates are offered in a range of fields, including adult health clinical nurse specialist, adult nurse practitioner, gerontology, nursing administration, and strength and conditioning.

Armstrong also offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree, which has a 100% job placement rate and 100% licensure exam pass rate. Part of what makes the DPT program unique is the fact that all concepts are taught within the context of a patient or a client, offering hands-on clinical experience.

After earning a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Armstrong in May of 2012, Michael Tankovich landed a dream job as a physical therapist with the Seattle Seahawks.

“I'm so glad I made the decision to attend Armstrong's physical therapy program,” he said. “I think the program is on par with, if not better than, many physical therapy programs in the country.”

The university also offers several online degree completion programs for professionals already working in the healthcare field to help them advance their career, including R.N. to B.S.N., B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science, B.S. in Radiologic Sciences, and B.S. in Respiratory Therapy.

A new online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Clinical Informatics helps prepare experienced clinical professionals become leaders in the research, development, implementation, and management of information technology solutions to improve patient health outcomes. Students can complete the certificate online and participate in the clinical and medical informatics field on a global scale. Armstrong has also forged a special agreement with Linneaus University in Sweden, to determine ways that Armstrong and the eHealth Institute in Kalmar, Sweden, operated by Linneaus, can share resources between both schools' online clinical and medical informatics programs.

These degree and certificate programs help Armstrong prepare the next generation of healthcare industry leaders. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the demand for healthcare jobs is expected to increase dramatically over the next decade. By 2020, the department projects the physical therapy field to grow by 39 percent, adding an estimated 77,400 new jobs; nursing to grow by 26 percent, adding an estimated 711,900 jobs; respiratory therapy to grow by 31 percent, adding 31,200 new jobs; and radiological technology to grow by 20 percent, adding an estimated 3,400 jobs.

“From interdisciplinary education to cutting-edge online programs, we're getting our students ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow's workforce,” said Ward. “Armstrong has solid resources and strong relationships with regional and national healthcare systems. After graduation, our students go on to enjoy successful healthcare careers.”

Steve Ugbo, the chief medical technologist and administrative officer at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, earned a B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science through Armstrong's online program in 2010, while working full-time. Today, he manages the lab at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, overseeing a staff of more than 100, and ensuring that this busy medical facility meets all regulatory requirements.

“The program at Armstrong gave me the flexibility I needed,” he said. “Armstrong definitely helped me chart a path to a brighter future.”