Georgia Highlands College (GHC) made history this month after holding a virtual signing for an articulation agreement with Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC).
Students who earn an associate degree in applied sciences from GPTC will now have the option to transfer seamlessly into a bachelor’s in health science at GHC. In order to make this new transfer agreement possible for students without delay, GHC and GPTC participated in their first ever virtual articulation agreement signing.
“We are so excited to be completing this articulation agreement,” GHC President Don Green said in the virtual signing. “It provides great instruction at a low cost and a tremendous opportunity for students to get a pre-professional bachelor’s degree that allows them to move on to graduate school as well as the workforce.”
GHC Provost and Chief Academic Office Dana Nichols; GPTC President Tavarez Holston; and GPTC Vice President of Academic Affairs Cheree Williams also joined President Green on screen to express their eagerness to provide this new opportunity to students at both institutions.
“It’s a great way for our students, for when they complete their chosen pathway, to make a very seamless transition to another one of our great Georgia institutions,” President Holston said in the virtual signing. “I’m so excited about this opportunity for our students.”
The agreement is set to start in 2020.
Both institutions will work together to identify, recruit and select students who clearly demonstrate academic and personal competencies required to function as successful students and future health professionals, as well as facilitate the transfer of all viable college courses as required in the University System of Georgia core curriculum.
Students will take at least 61 semester hours of general education core curriculum and occupational courses in health track that are provided at GPTC, which includes receiving an Associate of Applied Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (Health Track) degree upon completion.
Students will then complete an additional 61 hours of BSHS curriculum at GHC for a total of 122 hours that is required to receive a Bachelor’s of Science with a major in Health Sciences degree.