UPIKE, BSCTC partners with colleges, universities to create educational pathways

University of Pikeville and Big Sandy Community and Technical recently signed a memorandum of agreement. Pictured, from left, are UPIKE Provost Lori Werth, Ph.D., UPike President Burton J. Webb, Ph.D., BSCTC President/CEO Sherry Zylka, Ed.D., and Dean of UPike’s Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine Dana Shaffer, D.O., FACOFP dist., FAOGME.

The University of Pikeville has partnered with numerous educational institutions in Kentucky and Virginia to create pathways to UPIKE’s Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM), Kentucky College of Optometry and Coleman College of Business Master of Business Administration program.

 This spring, the university signed memorandums of agreement with Appalachian College of Pharmacy (ACP) in Grundy, Va., Big Sandy Community and Technical College, Emory and Henry College in Emory, Va., Hollins University in Roanoke, Va., Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC) in Virginia and Union College in Barbourville.

Opportunities made possible by the agreements benefit learners in a multitude of ways and include:

Simultaneously earn an MBA at UPike and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at ACP

Complete two years of specified coursework at BSCTC or SWCC followed by two years of specified coursework at UPike to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology and a chemistry minor for potential entry into KYCOM

Potential entry into KYCO for qualified graduates of Emory & Henry College

Potential entry into KYCOM, KYCO or CCOB’s MBA program for qualified graduates of Hollins University

Potential entry into KYCOM or KYCO for qualified graduates of Union College

“As the landscape of higher education continues to evolve, developing partnerships is critical to meeting the needs of our students,” said Lori Werth, Ph.D., provost. “Through these strategic partnerships, the institutions involved are able to leverage each other’s strengths to benefit students and our surrounding communities.”

For more information, call UPIKE’s Office of Admissions at, (606) 218-5251, or visit, www.upike.edu.

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