May 23, 2024
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A new agreement between the University of West Georgia and Georgia Highlands College (GHC) will give health and wellness students an accelerated pathway to a master’s degree.

GHC President Dr. Mike Hobbs, left, and UWG President Dr. Brendan Kelly, right
GHC President Dr. Mike Hobbs, left, and UWG President Dr. Brendan Kelly, right

GHC students working toward a Bachelor of Science in Health Science (BSHS) can now take advantage of the new program to earn a Master of Science in Integrative Health and Wellness (MSIHW) at UWG’s College of Education, which graduated its first cohort earlier this month. The GHC undergraduate, during their final semester at GHC, can now take graduate-level courses at UWG in lieu of GHC.

“We are proud to partner with Georgia Highlands College to create accelerated pathways that not only increase access to education but also deliver effective solutions that meet critical healthcare needs in our region,” said Dr. Brendan Kelly, UWG president. “Having recently been named Campus of the Year by the Institute for Well-Being, this innovative partnership marks another significant step toward fostering healthier communities and empowering future healthcare professionals with the skills and knowledge needed to promote holistic well-being.” 

GHC students who successfully complete all qualifying criteria – BSHS completion, UWG graduate application and acceptance, and an overall GPA of 3.0 – will be awarded automatic admittance into the MSIHW program. Specifically, the two MSIHW courses taken during the final undergraduate semester will count toward BSHS completion and will also count toward the UWG master’s degree upon graduation and admittance into the master’s program.

“Georgia Highlands College and the University of West Georgia continue to find paths that bring greater access to higher education and career opportunities for students across our region,” said Dr. Mike Hobbs, GHC president. “This newest articulation creates a clear route toward a graduate-level program for our bachelor’s students at GHC in health and wellness pathways. This partnership will also help address the rising need for more healthcare professionals across our region and the state.”

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