For Immediate Release
Contact: Lea Ann Scales
Assistant Vice President
of Public Relations and Marketing
May 24, 2012
(Worcester, Mass.) — At a joint event this afternoon, MCPHS President Charles F. Monahan Jr. and Worcester State University President Barry M. Maloney signed three new articulation agreements between the two institutions. The three agreements will allow WSU students to matriculate into MCPHS’ new Optometry program, as well as the Physician Assistant Studies and Physical Therapy programs.
“I am proud and excited to sign these new agreements with Worcester State University, and I hope they ensure a steady feed of top-notch students from Worcester and Central Mass. into MCPHS,” said President Monahan. “This partnership, coupled with the area’s excellent hospitals and health care institutions, make this a very exciting time to be entering the health professions.”
The three new articulation agreements mean:
• WSU students can complete a BS in biology or a related field, and then transfer to MCPHS-Worcester to complete the requirements of the College’s new Doctor of Optometry program.
• WSU students can complete a BS in biology or a related field, and then transfer to MCPHS-Worcester to complete the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program.
• WSU students may complete a BS in biology or related field, and then transfer to MCPHS-Worcester to complete the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
“This innovative public private partnership presents a tremendous opportunity for our students and the greater community,” said WSU President Maloney. “These are highly sought after programs that attract students from across the country. Our students are well prepared to succeed in these programs, and the greater community will be well served by these graduates when they enter their professions.”
In January 2011, the two institutions established an articulated transfer program which allows WSU students to complete 80 credits of study toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health-Pre Nursing program, and then transfer to MCPHS to complete the requirements of the accepted BS in Nursing degree (BSN). The dual-degree program can be completed in four years.
Media Contacts MCPHS – Michael Ratty, Director of Communications 617-732-2130, michael.ratty@mcphs
WSU - Lea Ann Scales, Assistant Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing 508-929-8233, LeaAnn.Scales@worcester.edu