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UT Tyler, TJC Join Efforts to Advance Nursing Education

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August 30, 2018

Media Contact: Beverley Golden
Agency Director
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler

The University of Texas at Tyler and Tyler Junior College today announced a partnership to offer a seamless pathway for nursing students to earn both associate and baccalaureate degrees in four years.

The partnership will allow eligible TJC nursing students pursing an associate degree to enroll at UT Tyler and obtain a bachelor's degree in nursing from the university. This agreement builds upon the established relationship between the two institutions and further enhances nursing education in East Texas.

"The University of Texas at Tyler is delighted to join efforts with Tyler Junior College to enhance nursing education across East Texas," said Dr. Amir Mirmiran, UT Tyler provost and vice president for academic affairs. "Both institutions are committed to student success, and this partnership allows students to efficiently earn their BSN and achieve their career goals."

"The synergy between TJC and UT Tyler, two powerhouse institutions of higher learning, will solidify the Tyler area as one of the premier regions for health care delivery and health care education," said Dr. Juan E. Mejia, TJC president for branch locations and district provost.

Officials from both institutions have worked to develop appropriate documents that identify courses to be completed in the concurrent degree program as well as licensure examination protocol and financial assistance opportunities.

Established in 1926, Tyler Junior College is one of the largest community colleges in Texas, with more than 11,500 students enrolled per semester. TJC offers more than 125 degree and certificate programs, plus extensive training and technical programs. The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has named TJC as one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation.

A member of the prestigious UT System, The University of Texas at Tyler focuses on student success and innovative research in the more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered. With more than 10,000 students, UT Tyler has facilities in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.

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