With the healthcare industry expected to grow, more colleges and universities are preparing students to fill careers within it. They’ve been adding bachelors degree, masters degree and doctoral degree program. In some instances, colleges and universities have established new nursing or healthcare departments.The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates that the 14.3 million healthcare jobs that existed in 2008 are to grow by another 3 million or so into 2018, in part as a result of aging baby boomers. In addition to filling new jobs, professionals are expected to be needed to fill the places of those who retire. Physicians and surgeons aside, many healthcare professions might require that professionals have obtained anything from a bachelors degree to a doctoral degree. Some of the new healthcare-related college and university offerings, including programs for all degree-seeking level include:Abilene Christian University in October announced plans to launch a School of Nursing. Classes at the Abilene, Texas, institution would begin for the fall 2013 semester. “By taking this step, we believe we will be able to create a more distinctive, compelling on-campus student experience – one that will allow us to increase the reach of [the university’s] nursing program,” Abilene Christian University President Dr. Phil Schubert was quoted in an announcement as saying. “Having our own School of Nursing will enable us to expand our capacity to educate the nurses of tomorrow.” Abilene Christian University currently offers nursing degrees as part of a consortium.Boston University in October announced that it had established a Department of Radiation Oncology. Medical students in their first year are able to participate in studies at the Boston University Department of Radiation Oncology. According to the institution, the ability for first-year students to do this is a rarity. Bachelor’s degree through doctoral degree programs are offered at the Boston University School of Public Health.Brandman University, a non-profit adult education institution based in Irvine, Calif., in March established a School of Nursing and Health Professions, at which time it announced that it was offering a bachelors degree in nursing, as well as masters degrees in health administration and health risk and crisis communication. A doctoral degree in nursing, approved later in the year by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, is the first doctoral degree to be offered at Brandman University in any subject area. Classes for registered nurses with masters degrees began in August 2010; classes for registered nurses with bachelors degrees begin in January 2011. The Brandman University School of Nursing and Health Professions also offers masters degrees in health administration and health risk and crisis communication. Registered nurses have the opportunity to participate in a bachelors degree in nursing. Brandman University offers courses online and at 25 campuses throughout California and Washington state.Capella University in August announced that it was introducing an online doctoral degree in nursing practice. In May, Capella University had announced that it was offering three other online degrees that are healthcare related: online doctoral degrees in public health and health administration and an online masters degree in health administration. The doctoral degree particularly takes less time than a more research-intensive PhD to complete, according to the institution. Both graduate degree programs include simulations, real-time coaching sessions and more. Capella University also offers students the opportunity to obtain a graduate certificate in health administration and a PhD in human services with a health care administration specialization. Reviews of the programs are pending in some states.The Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences in Orlando, Fla., in November announced that an associate degree program that it offers is to change to a bachelors degree program. That bachelors degree program, in nuclear medicine technology, has been selected by the Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section as one of three pilot programs of its kind in the country, according to a Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences announcement. The society has proposed that degrees at the bachelor level be required for entry level nuclear medicine technology jobs by 2015, the announcement noted.Many scholarships are available to help reduce the amount of debt that students take on for their college and university studies. Some scholarships might be intended specifically for bachelors degree studies, while others are geared to masters or doctoral degree pursuits. Many scholarships require that colleges and universities are accredited by nationally recognized institutions.