Regis College, a nationally recognized leader in nursing and health sciences education, will launch a new Professional Studies Division to help address the ongoing workforce development needs in those fields.

With an already robust portfolio of degree completion programs and certificates, this new division will elevate both tracks and position Regis to further support career growth for adult and non-traditional learners.

“The Professional Studies Division reinforces Regis College’s commitment to meet the needs of today’s workforce, particularly in the nursing and health sciences fields,” said Regis College President Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN. “Those needs are evolving and so is Regis. We will be part of the solution to this crisis.”

A nationwide nursing shortage, accelerated by the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, continues to strain the health care system. In addition to graduating 600 nurses into the workforce pipeline each year, Regis College will now have an infrastructure to support curricula and certificate programs to strengthen employees’ skills set and further infuse the workforce pipeline.

Regis College boasts more than 80 strategic industry partners across the country that will play a critical role in the development of new programing. The Professional Studies Division will offer certificate programs that will close workforce development gaps and build pathways for employees.

“I am thrilled to share the Board of Trustees unanimous support of President Hays’ vision for the Professional Studies Division at Regis College,” said trustee chairwoman Kathleen Jose ’87 ’94, former senior vice president and the first chief nursing officer at Lahey Clinic Medical Center. “Through collaborative work with industry partners, this new division will provide programs that meet the needs of our community and the workforce.”

Slated to launch in fall 2022, the Professional Studies Division will provide flexible learning modalities. Programs will be taught by industry experts and offerings will evolve based on the ever-changing needs of the workforce. Regis College will also tap into the educational infrastructure of its Young School of Nursing and leverage the real-world experience of faculty.

“We are excited to create nimble academic structures,” said Mary Erina Driscoll, Regis’ vice president of academic affairs and provost. “Our degree completion and certificate programs will provide intellectual rigor in an accessible format attractive to students of all ages and stages of life.”