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Associate's in 1
new pre-health degree program coming in fall of 2014

WSCC is starting an exciting new program in fall 2014. The college is preparing to unveil a One-Year Associate's Degree program called the Associate's in 1 for students planning to major in a pre-health profession and pursue a career in dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, or closely related field.


Students Progress in Program as a Team

Students participating in Walters State’s inaugural pre-health cohort program will attend classes five days per week, completing the Associate of Science degree in one year instead of two. Students will move through the curriculum as a cohort group, will take many technology-enhanced courses at one of the first Apple Distinguished community colleges in the country, and will have small classes and one-on-one time with instructors. Students are prepared to move seamlessly into a university setting with their basic general education work behind them.

Program Benefits

Additionally, WSCC wants students to have a solid foundation that will prepare them for the rigor they will face at the next level. The additional year that might have spent in mastering fundamental courses would be available to devote to additional undergraduate course work, making students more competitive for admission to a program. Students would also be in a position to complete graduate course work and internships a year earlier.

Cost Savings

The cost of attending Walters State is 55 percent less than the first two years at a public or private four-year college or university. And students in the Associate’s in 1 program would save additional dollars by completing two years of college in one year, which will be useful when paying for an advanced degree.

High Acceptance Rates into Health Programs for WSCC Graduates

Walters State offers an excellent preparatory foundation for bachelor’s degrees and professional programs in the health field. The college has forged strong relationships with regional health professional schools. Our graduates have outstanding records of acceptance into health programs at colleges and universities, including Campbell, Mercer, Samford, and East Tennessee State University schools pharmacy; the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences; UT Chattanooga, and ETSU health programs, to name only a few.

Contact Information

If you have additional questions about the Associate's in 1 degree, contact Linda Roberts by email at or by phone at 423-318-2336.

Fact Sheet

  • Targets students who are Pre-Health Professions majors (Dentistry, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine)
  • Will be a cohort group.
  • Will allow students who complete satisfactorily to earn an associate's degree in one year
  • Will consist of five 8-week modules (two in fall, 2014; two in spring, 2015; one in summer, 2015) with program completion scheduled for the end of June
  • Will follow the curriculum outlined in Tennessee Transfer Pathway (TTP) for Pre-Health Professions
  • Will consist of rigorous, technology-enhanced courses and challenging schedule
  • Will meet on the Morristown campus five days per week in a small class setting
  • Seeks students who have a minimum math ACT score of 26
  • Will select 20-22 qualified students for inaugural program
  • Will require weekly student meetings with an advisor or counselor
  • Allows students to utilize Lottery and/or other scholarship dollars or PELL dollars to cover fees
  • Is financially a wise investment.