D'Youville Positions Itself to Meet the Needs of Healthcare, Regionally and Beyond
Buffalo, New York – June 30, 2017 – D’Youville College is proud of its graduating Class of 2017 as they embark on their
careers. Over three-quarters of D'Youville grads receive a degree in the healthcare
fields – finding high rates of employment right out of college, competitively generous
salaries, and careers with explosive growth potential.
“D’Youville is a recognized leader in preparing students for careers in the health professions,” says Dr. Maureen F. Finney, Dean of the School of Health Professions. “We have a commitment to student success, curricula focused on the care of the whole person, and the importance of inter-professional collaboration proven to improve patient outcomes. Employers of D’Youville graduates consistently note that they would hire a D’Youville graduate again.”
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage of healthcare practitioners with technical occupations such as registered nurses, physicians, surgeons, and dental hygienists was $63,420 in 2016, considerably higher than the median annual wage for all other occupations of $37,040 in the same period.
The median pay in 2016 in the following healthcare occupations breaks down as follows: physician assistant $101,500; physical therapist $85,400; occupational therapist $82,000; pharmacist $122,200; chiropractor $142,256; nurse $68,450; and nurse practitioner $107,500. Excepting pharmacist, which is predicted to have slightly better than average job growth, the employment outlook in all the above fields is considered good to excellent per the U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics.
In order to broaden opportunities for students interested in healthcare education,
D'Youville is preparing to offer many of its programs online, eliminating geographic
and other physical barriers to a top quality education.
Thinking globally, D’Youville has established partnerships with Chinese universities, attracting international students to their healthcare programs. D'Youville is currently in the process of meeting Chinese educators who have indicated an interest in nursing, dietetics, pharmacy, and chiropractic programs.
“Degrees in healthcare are a great return on investment, all of us at the college are proud of our healthcare graduates both here and around the world with the impact they have on patient care. Our healthcare students are trained on interdisciplinary teams made up of diverse academic backgrounds and experiences, resulting in creative solutions to complex problems and reducing unnecessary procedures. We produce well-rounded skilled adults for a better future in healthcare and beyond,” said D'Youville President Lorrie Clemo, Ph.D.