Making higher education degree completion more accessible is the goal of a new articulation agreement between Jefferson College and Maryville University that allows graduates in select health occupation programs the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science degree. Pictured, from left, is Jefferson College Dean of Career and Technical Education Dr. Dena McCaffrey, Jefferson College Health Occupation Programs Division Chair Kenny Wilson, Jefferson College Vice President of Instruction Dr. Caron Daugherty, Maryville University Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Mary Ellen Finch, Maryville University Director/Assistant Professor of the Healthcare Management Program Karen S. Schechter, and Maryville University Dean of Myrtle E. and Earl E. Walker College of Health Professions Dr. Charles J. Gulas.

Maryville and Jefferson College Partner in Healthcare Program

To make a higher education degree completion more accessible, a new partnership has been formed giving Jefferson College graduates of select health occupation programs the opportunity to transfer to Maryville University to complete their baccalaureate degree. The agreement is designed to build an educational pathway that leads to further student educational attainment and success.

The articulation agreement grants Jefferson College Associate of Applied Science graduates in four health occupations programs the opportunity to transfer to Maryville University’s Myrtle E. and Earl E. Walker College of Health Professions and earn a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management.

“Jefferson College and Maryville University have come together to ensure a convenient and affordable pathway for students,” said Caron Daugherty, EdD, vice president of instruction at Jefferson College. “This new articulation agreement is another way Jefferson College is reaching out to four-year colleges and universities to provide options for our students to earn an associate degree, enter the job market with the skills to succeed, and then complete a bachelor’s degree so that they can advance.”

“We look forward to welcoming graduates from Jefferson College health occupations programs to Maryville,” said Mary Ellen Finch, PhD, vice president of academic affairs at Maryville University. “Pursuing this advanced education is a strong career move. Our Healthcare Management program is designed for students who want to learn the key skills needed to run a healthcare business — and the workforce demand for professionals who can manage and grow medical practices continues to rise.”

Jefferson College transfer-eligible health occupations programs include: Health Information Technology, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Radiologic Technology. The exact number of credits transferable from each program differs, but all include more than 60 credits, which is required for junior status.

The agreement went into effect in January, allowing Jefferson College students who have completed their associate degree to begin at Maryville University this summer or fall. For more information about the articulation agreement, contact Jefferson College Enrollment Services at (636) 481-3209 or (636) 797-3000, ext. 3209.

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