Healthcare practitioners and related support occupations are among the fastest growing careers projected for 2026, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (2017). Together these will contribute about one fifth of all new jobs, and thus we will see an increase in demand for qualified practitioners. This enormous growth is likely due to the aging population (who also stay active in later life), an increased focus on preventative care, growing rates of chronic conditions (e.g. diabetes, obesity), and the current research on the longevity of sports-related injuries (U.S. Department of Labor, 2017).
The United States has seen a shortage of nurses for several years now, and with over 200,000 positions opening by 2026 (BLS, 2018), the need for qualified nurses will only increase. In Ohio alone, the projected percent increase of jobs is 14%. The field includes a wide variety of specialties that could capitalize on your past experience, as well. We are also seeing more and more nontraditional nursing positions in schools, universities, state and federal government agencies, parks, research, and more.
Physician Assistant (PA) is one of the fastest growing occupations in the country. O*NET (n.d.) projects that the PA field will expand much faster than average, with 37% national growth rate expected over the next 10 years, and 31% in Ohio. Demand is so high that over 75% of PA grads are offered multiple jobs on graduation (AAPA, 2018). PAs work in primary care, internal medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics, surgery, and more healthcare fields.
Physical Therapists (PTs) are also in high demand right now, as are Athletic Trainers (ATs). Both are projected to grow much faster than average due to the high activity level of the aging population of the world, higher rates of obesity, and our increased focus on sports-related injuries (O*NET, n.d.). Positions are opening in secondary schools, universities, youth leagues, Olympic sports, performing arts centers, and professional sports, as well in traditional healthcare facilities. PTs also have the opportunity to open their own practices and operate with more independence.
Here at the Mount, we offer the resources you need to make your education count, both in the classroom and in the field. We offer several degree options for those who are interested in entering the healthcare field at the Master’s or Doctoral degree level.
MSN-MAGELIN: Master's Graduate Entry-Level into Nursing is for individuals with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree who want to enter the nursing profession. Upon completion of the program, students apply and take the NCLEX-RN to become licensed to practice as an RN. Successful graduates work in clinical areas, leadership roles, or they pursue an advanced practice degree in nursing. Check out what some of our MSN-MAGELIN grads had to say about the program:
This program seeks to prepare students to become outstanding clinicians fully prepared to deliver quality health care in an ever-changing environment. The 27-month graduate degree emphasizes critical thinking and lifelong learning through its use of hands on patient care and state-of-the-art technology.
ATs are licensed health care professionals who collaborate with physicians in the prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses to optimize physical activity and well-being in all types of patients, not just athletes participating in sports. This full-time program prepares students to earn the certified athletic trainer credential (ATC).
This comprehensive, three-year program prepares clinicians to think critically, solve problems and apply scientifically-validated therapeutic skills and techniques while respecting the uniqueness and dignity of the individual. We provide students with clinical experiences that are diverse in location, patient population, and rehabilitation focus.
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