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Millsaps College Begins Dual Degree Nursing Program with University of Alabama at Birmingham

by Web on May 22, 2019

A newly signed agreement between Millsaps College and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) will allow undergraduate Millsaps students to earn a bachelor's degree and master's degree in nursing in just five years.

"This is an exciting new opportunity for students pursuing careers in nursing and healthcare," said Dr. Robert W. Pearigen, president of Millsaps College. "Millsaps has a reputation for providing innovative and experiential learning opportunities in the sciences, and we look forward to building on that reputation through this partnership with our colleagues at UAB."

"This exclusive agreement with UAB not only offers our students the ability to receive a B.S., M.S., and R.N. degree in five years, but the opportunity to concurrently pursue degrees such as a Master's of Public Health," said Dr. Timothy J. Ward, associate dean of research and faculty development and professor of chemistry at Millsaps College. "A particularly attractive feature of this partnership is that upon completion of the program, students can choose to pursue additional degrees such as a nurse practitioner or physician's assistant while continuing to work at UAB's University Hospital. This presents the unique advantage to potentially pursue additional advanced degrees in the healthcare field without relocating."

Through the agreement with UAB, students at Millsaps will have the option to enroll in a dual degree program in the spring of their senior year. During that spring semester, students will be admitted into UAB's Accelerated Master's in Nursing Pathways (AMNP) program. Five spots within the program are guaranteed each year for qualified Millsaps students.

"UAB is a world-class institution for health professions, and Millsaps is the only institution in Mississippi approached by UAB to develop this partnership," Pearigen said. "Through collaborative relationships with other institutions like UAB, we are able to offer Millsaps students a unique combination of educational perspectives and opportunities."