MCPHS Announces Goal to Double Enrollment at Worcester Campus
The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, which educates 1,200 graduate-level students from 39 states and abroad in the health professions at its 175-employee Worcester campus, has announced that it intends to double the number of students served by that campus.
The College’s Worcester Campus offers programs that include Doctor of Optometry, Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Physical Therapy, PhD in Pharmacology and Pharmaceutics, Master of Science in Pharmacology and Pharmaceutics, Master of Physician Assistant Studies, and Bachelor and Master degrees in nursing. Demand for these programs and for the professionals graduating from these programs has surged as students seek professions with high rates of employment and as the nation’s health care system puts an increased emphasis on nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and many other health professionals.
The College plans to increase capacity in its existing Worcester-based academic programs and also plans to develop additional programs for the campus.
To accommodate the planned growth in these programs and to attract national and international faculty and graduate students, the College, which has invested over $350 Million in downtown Worcester since the campus opened in 2000, is gearing up for the development of additional facilities.
“The Worcester Campus has been one of the College’s great successes, and it has a major role to play in preparing the workforce needed to meet the demands of our changing health care system,” said MCPHS President Charles F. Monahan, Jr. “We cannot expand and fulfill our mission without the development of new facilities. In order to be competitive and continue to provide a world class educational experience, we need to provide additional housing opportunities.”
As part of this initiative, the College plans to provide apartment living for faculty, staff, and for graduate students, whose average age is 30 and many of whom are married and have families. The College has entered into an agreement to acquire 29 condominium units from a single owner at the North High Gardens Condominium at 50-60 Salisbury Street in Worcester. The addition of these units will enable faculty, staff, and graduate students to live in College-owned housing that is close to the College’s academic buildings.
As part of its growth the College is continuing to explore real estate opportunities in the downtown Worcester area.
“The education and health care fields are vibrant and dynamic, and educational institutions cannot sit still,” said Monahan. “We must grow in order to meet the expanding needs of our society, while knowing that this growth will continue to benefit the Worcester community, where I have lived my entire life.”