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Applications to UC's Health Colleges Rise Significantly
Published March 2007
The number of students applying to the four health colleges on UC’s Academic Health Center campus has gone up—with the College of Allied Health Sciences seeing an application increase of 33 percent.
Many allied health professions, says College of Allied Health Sciences Dean Elizabeth King, PhD, are experiencing shortages just as significant as those in other health-related fields.
Increases in applications to programs like medical imaging, clinical laboratory sciences, physical therapy, audiology and speech-language pathology, says King, is a step toward addressing these shortages.
“In 2011, the baby boomer generation will begin to turn 65,” says King. “The rapid growth of this over-65 population means that the number of jobs in health-related fields is on the rise.”
The College of Medicine saw an increase of 15 percent, following national trends of increased applications to medical colleges.
But perhaps even more significant, says Stephen Manuel, PhD, assistant dean for admissions, is that the number of out-of-state applications to UC’s College of Medicine jumped by 13 percent.
“We have very strong, nationally recognized programs here at UC,” says Manuel. “When students on the east or west coasts ask advisers or others conducting research or patient care where they should go to medical school, UC is on their list.”
The College of Pharmacy, which recently received a full, six-year accreditation from the American Council on Pharmacy Education, received nearly 100 more applications for fall 2007 admission than it did for fall 2006—a 21 percent increase.
Nursing’s application number rose by 29 percent. In 2006, the college saw its research enterprise increase to nearly $2 million, and recently Dean Andrea Lindell, DNSc, was asked to lead a quality review of 22 nursing programs in the country of Jordan.