Curricula extension in response to high-demand healthcare jobs
Dallas based Parker University has announced the addition of three new academic programs launching in January 2013, part of a larger strategic plan to develop 12 new programs through 2017. The development is part of Parker University’s evolution to a health science institute from a school that offers Bachelor of Science, chiropractic and massage therapy degrees. The expansion takes place as the school celebrates its 30th anniversary in the DFW community.
The trio of degrees includes an associate’s degree in Radiologic Technology, bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management and master’s degree in Business Administration, beginning the Spring 2013 trimester. Each of the three programs were selected due to high demand, high salaries and the soaring job outlook in healthcare.
The report cites that the United States will create 5.6 million new healthcare jobs by 2020, most of which will be high-paying and require post-secondary education. Given the rising diversity of the healthcare industry, and the effects of the Affordable Care Act, these trends provide Parker University the opportunity to equip more North Texas graduates with the resources they need to fill those job vacancies.
“For 30 years, Parker University has committed its facilities, faculty and funds to preparing students for diverse and rewarding careers in chiropractic, massage therapy and health and wellness,” said Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, President of Parker University. “As we continue to see opportunities in healthcare grow, now is the time to expand our programs to account for these overwhelmingly positive trends.”
Parker University’s leadership has spent months gathering insights and research to strategically develop its program enhancements. Each of the selected programs demonstrated historically positive data in job demand, salaries, industry projections and education requirements.