UW-P, St. Scholastica sign master’s degree pact
Saying our campus is "all about partnerships," University of Wisconsin-Parkside Chancellor Debbie Ford signed a partnership Thursday, April 21, to assist students pursuing an advanced degree in athletic training. Exchanging signatures with the College of St. Scholastica's Dr. Hal Strough, Chancellor Ford committed the university to a three-year credit transfer that provides a smooth transition from the Kenosha campus to St. Scholastica's campus in Duluth, Minn.
"The health care industry is one of the fastest growing job opportunities in the country. And this articulation agreement creates a streamlined path for our students to obtain a master's degree in athletic training from an accredited program," said Dr. Penny Lyter, chair of UW-Parkside's Department of Health, Exercise Science, and Sport Management.
Dr. Lyter said students aspiring to be athletic trainers must complete their degrees at an accredited program and pass a national certification exam. She added this agreement puts students on a clear course between UW-Parkside and a highly respected master's program.
In order to pursue a master's of science degree in athletic training at the College of St. Scholastica, students must earn a bachelor of science degree in fitness management at UW-Parkside and complete a specific program of classes and fieldwork. They must maintain a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA) and at least a 3.0 GPA in their major and they must fulfill all graduate requirements of the College of St. Scholastica.
UW-Parkside Biological Sciences Professor Dr. Carmel Ruffolo who worked with St. Scholastica officials on the agreement, said this is the 10th credit transfer accord signed by UW-Parkside during this academic year. The university signed agreements with Gateway Technical College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Waukesha County Technical College, and Moraine Park Technical College. Most recently, UW-Parkside signed an agreement with Gateway allowing students in the college's physical therapist assistant program to enter the university's popular applied health sciences major. That memorandum of understanding was signed on Jan. 31.More information on UW-Parkside's fitness management and related programs is available by calling Stef Strauss-Thompkins at 262-595-2512 or by accessing firstname.lastname@example.org by email.