MGH Institute of Health Professions officially began the 2017-2018 academic year on September 11, as the fall semester’s classes started for the more than 1,600 students who are enrolled in the Boston graduate school’s myriad health professions programs.
First-year students in the direct-entry Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology programs joined their fellow career changers who began their education earlier in the summer in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Occupational Therapy, and Master of Physician Assistant Studies programs.
Health care clinicians started their post-professional education in several programs: Master of Science in Health Professions Education, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Master of Science in Nursing (for current registered nurses), and PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences.
Also, more than 300 students are enrolled in one of several certificate programs, online Science Prerequisites for the Health Professions, and graduate-level non-degree courses.
The new academic year also is a first for the school’s new president, Paula Milone-Nuzzo, who arrived in August following a national search. Dr. Milone-Nuzzo had been dean of the School of Nursing at Pennsylvania State University prior to becoming the IHP’s sixth president
The graduate school’s four eligible programs are highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report: the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program is 1st in New England and 7th in the nation, the Doctor of Physical Therapy program is 1st in New England and 8th nationally, the Doctor of Nursing Practice is 1st in New England and 50th in the country, and the Master of Science in Nursing is 6th in New England and 63rd nationally. The Doctor of Occupational Therapy and Master of Physician Assistant Studies will become eligible starting this year.
The Institute once again is the only college in Boston named to the Honor Roll in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2017 “Great Colleges to Work For” survey. This is the fourth consecutive year the IHP has achieved the survey’s highest level, and the eighth year in a row it’s been named a “Great College.”