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Oklahoman Published: January 20, 2013
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EDUCATION BRIEFS

OCU announces Angelo State doctoral partnership

Officials at Oklahoma City University have announced a new partnership with Angelo State University in Texas. Certain OCU students who earn degrees in exercise and sport science are now guaranteed acceptance to the Angelo State physical therapy doctoral program. The agreement has certain conditions, such as a minimum 3.5 GPA requirement in exercise science classes. “Physical therapy graduate programs are difficult to get in to,” said Jason Miller, chairman of the OCU exercise and sport science department. “There aren't very many accredited programs to choose from, and physical therapy schools have more limited capacity than other graduate programs. This agreement gives our students a huge advantage in the process.” For more information, go to www.okcu.edu/kinesiology.

Alumni fund SWOSU dean

A 1971 graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University recently contributed $250,000 to help establish the Nelson M. Sims Chair, Dean of the College of Pharmacy. Nelson Sims said his Southwestern pharmacy degree has served him well during his career. About 85 students are admitted annually to the Southwestern College of Pharmacy, which offers a Doctor of Pharmacy program. For information about giving to the Sims Chair, call (580) 774-3190.

OCCC opens nursing enrollment

Oklahoma City Community College is accepting applications for the Baccalaureate to Associate Degree Nurse Accelerated Pathway, an accelerated program for people who have degrees in fields other than nursing. Graduates of the program receive an associate degree in nursing and are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Applications are due Feb. 1. The 10-month program begins in June. For more information, go to www.occc.edu/health/baccalaureate.html.

NWOSU hosts Air Force band

The U.S. Air Force Academy Band Blue Steel will perform this week Northwestern Oklahoma State University. The free concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Herod Hall Auditorium. The group is comprised of six full-time active duty bandsmen who perform a variety of music genres. For more information, call (580) 327-8462.

SARAH HUSSAIN

AND CARRIE COPPERNOLL

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