Boston-based MGH Institute of Health Professions has passed the 1,000 mark for enrolled students for the first time in its 34-year history. There were 1,004 students who began classes on September 7 in nursing, physical therapy, communication sciences and disorders, and medical imaging. This represents a 64% increase in the past six years.

The growth is a combination of several factors, including continued recognition of the school’s excellent academic programs, and a surge from college graduates who are looking to change their career and enter a healthcare field.

“This is certainly a milestone in the history of the MGH Institute,” said President Janis P. Bellack, PhD, RN, FAAN. “It’s another indication that we are a school of choice for those who want to become a healthcare professional.”

Dr. Bellack cited the pending retirement of much of the country’s healthcare workers, the aging of the Baby Boom generation, and anticipated changes stemming from the recent healthcare reform legislation as other indications the future of the MGH Institute is bright.

Three of the school’s programs are highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report, including the Doctor of Physical Therapy, which tied for 7th in the United States – and 1st in New England.

(Source: Press Release)