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Western University of Health Services Welcomes Three New Colleges

It's no secret that there is a serious shortage of skilled professionals in the field of health care these days, but one school in Southern California is working hard to make an impact. Pomona's Western University of Health Services has been offering medical and nursing degrees for thirty years now, but this school year it is opening the doors to three brand new colleges on its campus.

The College of Dental Medicine, the College of Optometry, and the College of Podiatric Medicine on Western U's campus all kicked off their inaugural classes yesterday morning. The Sun of San Bernardino writes that 192 students are enrolled in the new programs. Among the three, the school is touting the College of Dental Medicine as being of particular interest, and with fairly good reason. Currently, dentists are retiring faster than they can be replaced, leading to a huge need that is making the career outlook for dentists exceptionally promising. Meanwhile, students with dental hygienist degrees can look forward to a career in one of the fastest growing fields on the job market.

It doesn't stop there, however: Western U has big plans for the future. Next year, the university plans to roll out a Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences, and within a few years officials hope to build a fully functioning public health care program to service citizens in the Pomona area. All of this is adhering to an extremely simple plan, according to provost and chief operating officer Benjamin Cohen. "As the university works to create a comprehensive health science education program, it selects fields that need more professionals," he says. It's a plan that not only benefits the school and their blueprints for a medical facility, but by and large benefits the students that will ultimately learn these vital and marketable skills.

For now, however, University president Philip Pumerantz is concentrating on this year, expressing joy at the turnout and looking forward to its implications for filling the voids in the health care system, stating: "this year marks the dawn of a new era at Western U, one that will expand and deepen our impact on health care in the community and around the globe."

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