Regent University has announced that it will be opening a new College of Healthcare Sciences and School of Nursing for the 2018 academic year. The university expects its current student body of 10,000 to swell following the opening thanks to a growing demand for healthcare services nationwide and shortage of professionals in the field.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 19 percent through 2024, adding about 2.3 million jobs. By 2030, the number of new nursing jobs nationally is expected to grow by more than 1 million, with more than 32,000 of those jobs being created in Virginia. The university’s founder, CEO, and chancellor, M.G. “Pat” Robertson, tells VirginiaBusiness.com, “Health care is exploding around the nation. Demand for quality health-care graduates is three times that of other fields.”

The current healthcare programs at Regent will be moved into the new college which is expected to open in fall 2018. The college will offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing, a master’s degree in healthcare informatics and healthcare administration, and a doctor of nursing practice degree. Regent will also phase in five new programs in 2019 and continue to roll out additional programs in future years.

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