OUTLOOK: New Masters Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Highlights Exciting Growth at Thiel College | Outlook

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GREENVILLE – Now is an exciting time at Thiel College. In addition to 38 undergraduate degrees including innovative new undergraduate programs (Environmental Safety Management, Sports Management, Data Analytics, Exercise Science) and proven majors (Accounting, Education, Psychology), the university offers five exciting and pioneering new graduate programs.

Applications are being accepted for the first batch of Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling students, which will begin this summer.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree joins graduate programs in Business Administration, Communication and Leadership, Physician Assistant Studies, and Speech-Language Pathology.

All college graduate programs include a fifth-year option for Thiel students. If accepted into the program, students can earn a master’s and bachelor’s degree in five years.

Also new is the college’s collaborative nursing program with a local hospital that provides students with all the benefits of a college experience and the hands-on opportunity to obtain a registered nurse.

Thiel’s nursing degree comes at a time when the importance of healthcare workers has been underscored during the global pandemic. Even before COVID-19, the need for nurses was evident. A state audit said Pennsylvania will miss 4,000 to 5,000 nurses by 2026.

A recently completed $3.5 million project on campus has created a floor of dedicated labs, offices, and classroom space for the college’s physician assistants and speech-language pathology students. This was the first phase of a $16 million project that will include more classroom and lab space as well as major upgrades to the college’s Academic Center and athletic, health and wellness facilities. .

These academic and physical changes are among the reasons why Thiel College’s growth is expected to continue.

Media reports in western Pennsylvania cited declining college and university enrollment regionally and nationally. Enrollment increased by 7.5% in 2020 and just under 10% in 2021. Undergraduate enrollment has increased by approximately 4% each of the past two years.

“We are keeping an eye on the demographics,” said Thiel College President Susan Traverso, Ph.D. “There is a decreasing number of 18-year-olds in this region, which is a challenge for all colleges. . I am pleased to report that our efforts to offer new undergraduate and graduate programs have resulted in increased enrollment. At Thiel, we emphasize letting students mold themselves into the type of leader they want to be. »

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