St. Luke's College Enrollment Grows

St. Luke’s College, located in Sioux City, Iowa, has been committed to educating knowledgeable, competent, and compassionate health care professionals for over a century.  The College has nearly 3,000 alumni employed in a variety of health care professions in the Siouxland community and throughout the nation.

Since 2013, St. Luke’s College has increased its student body by 57%, with a 76% increase in minority students.  These numbers reflect a growing interest in health care professions.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in healthcare occupations is expected to grow 18% by the year 2026, adding 2.4 million new jobs. The field of healthcare is projected to add more jobs than any other occupational group.   This projected growth is mostly due to an aging population, causing greater demand for health care providers  In addition, the median wage for health care providers (such as registered nurses, respiratory therapists, and physicians) was just over $63,000 which was higher than the median annual wage for all other occupations in the economy. Michael Stiles, College Chancellor stated, “A healthcare professional is fortunate to simultaneously have career stability and career mobility.  While, providing healthcare to those in need is a privilege, the ability to gain employment and earn a respectable salary is an important component to that privilege.”

St. Luke’s College continues to expand learning experiences for students interested in health professions by creating two bachelor’s degree completion programs, one in Nursing, and one in Health Sciences.  These bachelor’s degree programs provide opportunities for registered nurses and graduates of allied health care programs, such as respiratory therapy, radiologic technology, surgical technology and paramedics to complete their degree.  The programs offer flexible scheduling and 100% online coursework.  The program is designed for health care professionals who are looking for career advancement and leadership roles. 

In addition to the bachelor’s degree completions programs, the College offers associate of science degree programs in Nursing, Radiologic Technology and Respiratory Care; certificate programs in Medical Laboratory Science, Phlebotomy and Clinical Pastoral Education; and advanced radiology specialty certificates in Computerized Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Mammography, and Sonography.  The College has an excellent reputation for preparing graduates to pass national licensure examinations and to practice as registered health care professionals. 

“All of the College’s professional programs meet high standards set by National accrediting bodies,” states Chancellor Stiles.  “Each program completes a rigorous self study process and accreditation site visit.  In addition to the program specific approvals, St. Luke’s College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  As an institution of higher education, the College’s mission is to provide high quality, health system-based education to individuals who desire to become competent and compassionate healthcare providers.”

For more information about the academic programs at St. Luke’s College contact the Admissions Office at (712) 279-3149 or (800) 352-4660, ext. 3149