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While across much of the country cases of Covid are falling, many hospitals nationwide are facing a shortage of qualified healthcare workers to care for patients. MedQuest College is working to help with the nursing shortage in Kentucky.

According to a new piece from CBS News, nearly 400,000 healthcare workers have left their jobs since the start of the pandemic. Hospitals in 18 states, including Kentucky, reported critical staff shortages.

Healthcare Needs Continue to Grow

The pandemic led to a massive need for employees that can provide quality help and care to aid physicians. Additionally, an aging population nationwide and a more careful focus on preventive care has increased the need for healthcare workers.

If you’re interested in being challenged and making a difference in the lives of your friends and your community, healthcare may be the place for you. MedQuest College offers a handy guide with steps for helping you get a degree in healthcare.

Nursing Shortage in Kentucky

Health occupations are considered recession-proof. In good economies and bad ones, people will have health needs and there will always be a need for nurses and doctors. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare employment is projected to grow at least 16% over the next decade and add about 2.6 million new jobs to the economy.

Those numbers should sound staggering – healthcare jobs are expected to grow the fastest of any other field.

According to a piece on 60 Minutes – Norton Hospital, the University of Louisville Hospital and Baptist Health all noted they were all working on major hiring initiatives for new nurses and support staff. There’s a major nursing shortage in Kentucky but there are ways to help close the gap.

How can MedQuest College help?

It’s also worth noting that though applications to nursing schools are up, there are a record number of nursing students being denied admissions because of a lack of instructors at various colleges around the region.

Thankfully, at MedQuest, we’ve been able to meet the demands of new students and can accept more. We offer programs for Medical Assisting and Practical Nursing.

We know getting a degree isn’t easy – whether you’re a recent high school graduate or a non-traditional student working and wanting a change. Thankfully, you won’t be alone. MedQuest faculty wants you to succeed, they’ll support you every step of the way and they’ll be there to celebrate each milestone.

Take Jasmine Mills, a Medical Assisting graduate, who wanted to get back into healthcare. After talking with an Admissions Advisor and taking a tour, “I felt the connection,” she said. “This is where I need to be.” Jasmine begins her degree in chemistry at the University of Oklahoma this year and she’ll be using her Medical Assisting diploma to gain real-world work experiences and build skills. Click here to hear more from Jasmine.

The career training programs offered by MedQuest College are designed to prepare students for successful careers in the healthcare field. With increases in technology and the need for qualified workers, it’s no surprise that the fastest-growing healthcare jobs are in demand and pay well.

MedQuest College offers five programs to help students find their career pathway in medicine. Practical nursing, dental assisting and medical assisting can be completed in less than a year and put graduates to work in medical settings in just a few months. Sonography and the veterinary technician program require more training and take two years to complete.

If you have questions or want more information about MedQuest faculty and staff, financial aidcareer services for students or want general information, click to request information or schedule your virtual tour. MedQuest College knows the importance of healthcare and we’re here to help.