Provo College prepares to add master’s program in 2018

For more than three decades, Provo College has been sending well-educated, expertly trained healthcare professionals out into the medical field. Beginning with dental professionals when the original Dental Career Institute first opened in 1984, the college has since evolved to the well-respected career college.

Previously known for up to 18 educational programs including dental hygiene, massage therapy, graphic design and more, Provo College has found its niche in the healthcare industry, focusing on three degrees — nursing, medical assisting and physical therapy assistant. The Nursing program makes up over 80 percent of the student population

Todd Smith, is vice president of campus operations for Provo College. He has witnessed the growth of the college over his five-year tenure. Especially in the area of nursing. The demand for nurses has exploded.

Even though the nursing industry is one of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation, the demand is outpacing the supply, according to Nurse.com. By the year 2022 — just four years from now — it is expected there will be 1 million jobs for RNs.

To help keep up with the demand, in 2015 Provo College created a new three-year hybrid Bachelor of  Science degree in nursing.  The program was designed for non-traditional students wanting to be nurses. What makes the program so unique is: no prerequisites, no wait list, 80 percent of the classes are online, a good transfer credit policy and three starts per year.

The career college has attracted CNAs, students from BYU and UVU that are on the nursing wait list, stay-at-home moms and kids just graduating from high school. The program is programmatically accredited by CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) the same accreditation as BYU and UVU.

In August of 2017, Provo College had their first graduating class.  The class had a 100 percent first-time pass rate for the NCLEX (Nursing certification test). The college currently has more than 250 nursing students and anticipates growing to 300 by the end of the year.

The Associate Degree in the Physical Therapist Assistant program has been part of Provo College for over 15 years. This 18-month program is very demanding but boasts high placement and first-time pass rates for certification. Last year they had 100 percent placement and it is consistently in the high 90 percent-plus range for placement and pass rate. The program prepares students to work in rehab centers, physical therapy clinics, hospitals and other medical centers. It is the largest of the three PTA programs in the state of Utah.

Medical assisting program is one of Provo College’s long-running programs, allowing students to receive a diploma in nine months or an associates degree in two years. This program has grown in popularity due to its flexible schedule — three days a week and four hours a day.

What is new at Provo College? Later this year, the college will introduce its master’s degree nursing.

“We are developing the curriculum for that now,” said Smith. The program will give graduates the opportunity to go on to get their master’s in an all-online program.  “It’s an exciting program that will attract many of our graduates and other nurses in the area.”

Over the past 34 years, Provo College has continued to thrive due, in part, to a strong focus on its mission statement which is: “We are caring professionals who empower individuals to achieve personal excellence through student centered, market driven education.” As a career college they focus on the individual by having small classes, academic advisors and hands on training.

For more information on Provo College, visit http://www.provocollege.edu.

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