Community College Partnerships Boost Health Sciences’ Enrollment in First Five Years

A partnership between the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Virginia-area community colleges has boosted enrollment five years after its implementation, medical school officials said.

The program – which allows students with associate degrees in health sciences to round out their education at the medical school – has increased the diversity of the student body and led to more employment opportunities for students since its 2015 debut, officials said. Reamer Bushardt, the school’s senior associate dean for health sciences, said the transfer program creates a “clear” and “direct” pathway for students to earn advanced professional certifications and degrees.

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