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August 3, 2017

Maine College of Health Professions makes Forbes' top 30 trade schools list

Courtesy / Maine College of Health Professions
Courtesy / Maine College of Health Professions
Maine College of Health Professions in Lewiston ranks 15th on Forbes magazine's Top 30 Two-Year Trade Schools list.

Forbes recently ranked the Maine College of Health Professions in Lewiston 15th on its Top 30 Two-Year Trade Schools list.

The ranking reflects MCHP's dedication to affordable education for in-demand, high-paying health care jobs. Nationally and in Maine, the impending nursing shortage has registered nurses listed as a top profession.

According to the Maine Department of Labor, radiologic technologist is listed as the 11th most in-demand, high-earning job that doesn't require a four-year degree with an entry wage of over $20 per hour. MCHP offers a comprehensive radiologic technology program that includes a positioning simulation lab and a heavy emphasis on clinical practice that provide students with more hands-on experience in a variety of clinical settings than other programs.

"We specialize in health care education," said MCHP President Monika Bissell. "Our faculty understand and apply effective learning theory, which allows them to create course content and activities based on real-world clinical scenarios. We are intent on preparing students as well as possible for life after graduation."

College launching new bachelor's degree

Courtesy / Maine College of Health Professions
Courtesy / Maine College of Health Professions
Monika Bissell, president of Maine College of Health Professions.

This spring, Maine Board of Education granted approval for MCHP to offer bachelor's degrees. The college is awaiting final approval from its regional accreditor, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, with the initial bachelor's degree offering to be for current registered nurses. It also will offer online courses to give working students greater flexibility.

MCHP is aiming for a January 2018 launch, pending accreditor approval.

Bissell said the bachelor's degree offering is only the beginning of a great time of growth for MCHP, which is affiliated with Central Maine Medical Center and offers associate degrees in nursing and radiologic technology as well as certificate programs in computed tomography, certified nursing assistant and phlebotomy, In addition to planning additional health-related bachelor's degree programs, Bissell said the college would like to offer master's degrees in various health professions.

The college is also continuing to strengthen its relationship with Central Maine Healthcare to further expand practical, hands-on learning opportunities and stay on top of emerging health care trends.

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