COLUMBUS, Miss. – An articulation agreement signed today between Mississippi University for Women and Itawamba Community College will give students in the allied health profession upward mobility in their career.
The formal signing, held in Tupelo, was for The W’s new bachelor of applied science in public health education program.
MUW President Jim Borsig said, “We are pleased to be a formal partner with Itawamba Community College. The first of its kind in Mississippi, the 2+2 degree will allow AAS graduates to obtain a bachelor degree in public health education quicker than ever before.”
The program is ideal for students who have completed an associate of applied science degree in the health sciences from a Mississippi community college. These students will be allowed to transfer up to 43 career/technical credit hours from their AAS degrees to the bachelor of applied science in public health education at The W.
The W has been working closely with ICC over the past few months to establish the 2+2 program.
“Itawamba Community College appreciates the significant partnership with Mississippi University for Women, one that will provide our students in the allied health programs, with a seamless transition as they pursue the bachelor of applied science degree in public health education,” said ICC President Dr. Jay Allen. “This innovative initiative by MUW will not only benefit ICC’s students but will impact regional healthcare as well.”
In addition, the bachelor of applied science in public health education program at The W will develop professionals who will promote, maintain and improve individuals and community health at the local, state and federal levels in both the public and private sectors.
Dr. Mark Bean, chair of the Department of Health and Kinesiology, explained that the allied health professions provide excellent entry level employment opportunities. Completing the baccalaureate degree will provide additional opportunities over their entire career.
“This agreement will provide an excellent avenue for allied health professionals, including respiratory therapists, physical therapy assistants, radiologic technologists, public health technologists and others to complete the baccalaureate degree. We are excited about the addition of these professionals to The W.
For additional information about this program, please call the Department of Health and Kinesiology at (662) 329-7225.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 20, 2017
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins (MUW)/Donna Thomas (ICC)
(662) 329-7124/(662) 862-8244