A dual enrollment program between Tyler Junior College and Texas Woman’s University will allow students to pursue a bachelor’s degree and an associate degree concurrently.
Officials from both schools were scheduled to sign agreements during a ceremony today, according to a TJC news release.
Through this agreement, effective this fall, dental hygiene students will be able to work toward an Associate in Applied Science and a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene simultaneously while staying in Tyler.
The Texas Woman’s University courses will be delivered on site at TJC and online, according to the news release.
Carrie Hobbs, TJC department chairwoman and professor of dental hygiene, said the dental hygiene profession is “moving toward a more professional model with higher educational expectations for critical thinking and decision-making abilities,” according to the news release.
“These valued learning outcomes provide a solid base for careers in leadership, service, and education in an ever-evolving oral healthcare system,” she said, according to the news release.
A bachelor’s degree will help graduates advance in their chosen career field, she said.