Posted: December 31, 2003

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Health care professionals in high demand throughout the state

With health care programs in high demand at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, a new brochure is available to help prospective students find educational opportunities leading to health care careers.

An aging population, a growing awareness of health issues and technological change are key factors causing increased demand for health care services in Minnesota. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System offers numerous educational opportunities in health care administration, patient care and technology.

"We are responding rapidly to the health care worker shortage by expanding training programs, adding online degrees and creating innovative collaborations to train and retrain health care workers," said system Chancellor James H. McCormick. "The system of 32 institutions produces 78 percent of all nursing graduates and 63 percent of all non-nursing health care graduates in Minnesota."

The new brochure describes the many educational opportunities at system colleges and universities. The brochure is available online or by calling 651-296-8012 or toll-free at 1-888-MnSCU-4-U (1-888-667-2848).

The brochure lists 35 short-term educational programs through four-year baccalaureate degree programs in health, wellness and related fields at system colleges in Minnesota. Many courses and some programs are offered entirely online.

Minnesota's growing health care industry is the state's second largest industry, following manufacturing. Eighteen percent of all Minnesota job vacancies are in the 6,000 health care organizations that make up the state's health care industry. Careers that can be pursued at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities include dental hygienist, medical and clinical laboratory technologist, nuclear medicine technologist, nurse assistant, physical therapist assistant, radiologic technologist and registered nurse.