UTICA, N.Y. - Utica College is addressing the changing face of health care by adding new programs to its curriculum.
Due to a nationwide shortage of nursing educators, the college is adding three new master's degree programs. They want to help fill the gap in the health care industy.
In the Central New York region it can be tough to find a new primary care provider, which is why Utica College sees a need to educate family nurse practioners and nurse leaders. With an aging population, more nurse practioners are needed as well.
"When we decided to have the master's program, we really knew there was a need, but we also wanted to be student-centered. We have harnessed the tech, and we are going to offer the program online, and when I say online, it's not just going to be discussion boards looking at a computer, we are actually going to have virtual classrooms where they are with the faculty in real-time," said Dr. Jennifer Kilmek-Yingling, UC's family nurse practitioner program coordinator.
The three new programs are family nurse practioner, nursing education and nursing leadership.