Dr. John Meyer
In the past two years, Hodges University has invested heavily into the space and equipment our students deserve when it comes to training them in high-demand, healthcare fields. In 2020, we invested $3.5M to redesign and equip Building U as our new Health Sciences Building on our Fort Myers campus. The results? State-of-the-art simulation suites to give our nursing, physical therapist assistant, EMTs, paramedics, and dental hygienists the tools and environment to practice and master their skills.
Our investment doesn’t end there.
In addition to holding our tuition rates at last year’s level, we are now offering $500,000 in scholarships for new Hodges University students, especially in these healthcare areas with so much demand. There are also scholarships available for students studying any of our other degree programs, like accounting, business, and technology. These scholarships are part of the gift from our University’s namesakes, Thelma and the late Earl Hodges.
New students must apply to Hodges University by June 30, 2022 to be eligible for a scholarship, which is renewable.
As a private, non-profit university, we have the ability to educate and train students in the areas our community needs most in a thorough, accelerated manner. The vast majority of our programs are designed for students balancing the responsibilities of a full-time job and/or families.
Our goal is to educate and train students in programs that lead directly to more than just a job, but a career. We focus on the employment needs of our region and offer programs that reflect that. Our students are already contributing to the local economy, and we want to provide the tools they need to thrive on a whole new level.
Our programs offer two important benefits. First, our programs lead to careers with strong demand and salaries, and second, our students graduate, on average, a semester faster. Our Physical Therapist Assistant program can be completed in two years or less. Graduates can earn an average annual salary of $64,940 in Florida, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Anecdotally, we’ve seen graduates start even higher than that. We graduate our nursing students in just 16 months with a bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN) degree and qualified to take their RN licensure exam. We’re finding that many hospitals prefer to hire nurses holding a BSN degree. We offer a direct path to earn both in less time. Plus, the BLS states that nurses’ median annual pay in Florida is $69,510.
We are the first and only university in the state of Florida to offer a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. Why would we do this? Simply stated, our graduates not only have the knowledge and skills to be the dental hygienists that our community needs, but also have options to take their careers in other directions, including dental research, dental sales, and teaching at the associate’s degree level in dental programs. Our first class of students start in the fall. BLS states the average salary is $67,870.
We invite you to see our Health Sciences Building and learn more by contacting us for a tour.
Dr. John Meyer is president of Hodges University. Additional information is available at Hodges.edu or by calling 9239) 938-7700.