The SoutheastHEALTH College of Nursing and Health Sciences is in robust health. The college is at an impressive number 22 in Newsweek Magazine’s The 100 Community Colleges with the Most Bang for Your Buck. The study, compiled by Stacker, a data analysis firm, ranked colleges by the highest 40-year return on investment.
The College is cited for the $1,124,000 40-year net present value, or a comparison of investing in a College of Nursing and Health Sciences education to future earning power. The $1 million-plus value is a combination of affordable tuition and high earnings potential for the professional programs offered at the institution.
SoutheastHEALTH’s college was included on the community college list for its portfolio of certificate and associate degree programs focused on patient care, specifically nursing and radiologic and surgical technology.
College President Dr. Steven Langdon says the median debt incurred by students - $15,250 – and the college’s commitment to highly focused, individualized learning is attractive to students. The College also has an impressive graduation rate of 92 percent.
Langdon noted that most of the colleges in the top 20 are either health sciences or technical colleges that focus on careers that are stable. “When students apply with us, they know what they want. We also offer a career path with advancement opportunities. Someone may start out in our Patient Care Technician program, then go on to our Associate Degree in Nursing program and ultimately to our Bachelor Degree in Nursing track.”
He said many current students already have a job at SoutheastHEALTH or other local healthcare organizations, “so they have been immersed in some form of healthcare and know the commitment and dedication it requires.” He added that over 60 percent of the 2021 graduating class have accepted jobs at SoutheastHEALTH and 99 percent of SoutheastHEALTH College of Nursing & Health Sciences graduates find employment in their field of study within six months of graduating.