Educating the Next Generation of Healthcare Professionals

HealthcareAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ February 2013 report, “healthcare added 23,000 jobs.” In just one month (February 2013), “ambulatory healthcare services, such as doctors' offices and outpatient care centers, added 28,000 jobs, while employment in nursing and residential care decreased by 8,000.”

Alvernia’s expanding healthcare and human service programs are catching the attention of many who are considering careers in these high-demand and fast-growing professions.

Our growth and expansion of programs in healthcare complements our well-developed programs in human services, including criminal justice, social work and education. These all capitalize on our longtime strength in featuring real-world, hands-on learning within a values-based liberal arts education.

In addition to the new program offerings, an exciting partnership with the nation’s largest medical college, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine was recently launched that allows Alvernia students pursuing the pre-medical, pre-pharmacy and pre-dental tracks who meet all the academic requirements while earning their undergraduate degrees at our Reading campus guaranteed acceptance into Lake Erie’s graduate medical program at its campuses in Florida and Pennsylvania.


Dean of Professional Programs

Dr. Karen Thacker

Dean Karen Thacker, Ph.D., RN, CNE
Associate Professor of Nursing

   Bernardine Hall 10A

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