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Covington's DSCC Jimmy Naifeh Center Will House Classes For Bachelor's Degrees in Nursing and Teacher Education University News
For release: May 1, 2008

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A collaboration between Dyersburg State Community College and the University of Memphis will enable students to earn bachelor’s degrees in education and nursing by attending the DSCC Jimmy Naifeh Center at Tipton County.  Students’ associate degree-level classes will be offered through Dyersburg State, and their bachelor’s-level courses will be offered through the U of M.

The new “2+2” program, which will begin this fall, was announced today by the presidents of the two Tennessee Board of Regents campuses, Dr. Karen Bowyer of DSCC and Dr. Shirley Raines of the U of M.  “This program will address two critical issues,” said Dr. Raines.  “It will give students throughout West Tennessee greater access to higher education, and it will help relieve a critical shortage of nurses and qualified teachers in the state of Tennessee.”

Dr. Karen Bowyer and Dr. Shirley Raines, presidents, respectively, of Dyersburg State Community College and the U of M.
Dr. Bowyer said the program will be advantageous for students in West Tennessee.  “Many DSCC associate degree graduates never reach their next goal of earning a baccalaureate degree because of problems with transportation and time,” Bowyer said.  “The availability of the bachelor’s degrees in nursing and teacher education will allow many students to achieve their dreams.”

This fall about 20 students will enroll in the first 2+2 program that will prepare them for a career in elementary education, and a new group will enter each subsequent fall semester.  Dr. Mary Ransdell, clinical professor at the U of M’s Millington Center, will be the lead faculty and clinical experience supervisor for the education students.  The associate of science in teaching (AST) K-6 degree work will be overseen by Dr. Kay Patterson, DSCC’s dean of Arts and Science.

Dyersburg State’s Interim Director of Nursing Dr. Faye Sigman will oversee the DSCC associate degree nursing program.  As nearly 80 students receive their associate degree in nursing from Dyersburg State each year, the nursing division of the 2+2 program has the potential to grow to an enrollment of 160 students.  Nursing students’ clinical rotation will be conducted at healthcare facilities in West Tennessee.  The program will be limited only by clinical opportunities and lecture space.

Students interested in the teacher education program should contact the U of M’s Millington Center at 901-678-4171.  Students interested in the nursing program should contact Dr. Faye Sigman, interim director of nursing at Dyersburg State Community College, 731-286-3398, or Dr. Marjorie Luttrell, dean of the Loewenberg School of Nursing at the University of Memphis, 901-678-2020. 

Questions can also be answered by Yolanda Mathews, coordinator of academic transfer articulation at the University of Memphis, 901-678-4840.

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