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By: Stacey Walters |
September 12, 2019
September 9, the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO)
and Ferrum College agreed to work in partnership to provide access to a Doctor
of Optometry (O.D.) degree for Ferrum
Burton J. Webb, Ph.D., and Provost Lori Werth, Ph.D., joined Ferrum College
President David Johns, Ph.D., Provost Amié Sposato, and Dean of the School of Health Professions and Social
Sciences Angie Dahl on Ferrum’s campus in Ferrum, Va., to sign a Memorandum of Agreement
The MOA states
that KYCO will reserve one seat each academic year for a Ferrum College student
who meets all criteria for the early admissions program. To be considered,
Ferrum students must take required courses for admittance into the O.D.
program, maintain at least a 3.25 GPA, score at least a 300 on the Optometry
Admissions Test and successfully complete the application process.
Both institutions look
forward to collaborating with Ferrum College to help shape education in Central
are pleased with the collaborative partnership established this week,” said
Werth. “Optometric education and the ability to serve students and patients in
Central Appalachia is a strategic initiative at the University of Pikeville and
the Kentucky College of Optometry.”
“KYCO is committed to
providing outstanding eye care services and providers for the betterment of
Appalachia,” said Michael Bacigalupi, O.D., M.S., FAAO, dean of KYCO. “We are
excited to have Ferrum College students join us on this mission.”
is delighted to partner with the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of
Optometry to provide this outstanding opportunity for our students,” Johns
said. “Both our institutions are committed to the health and vitality of
Appalachia and to providing students pathways to innovative and meaningful
To learn more about the partnership between UPIKE and Ferrum College or to apply to KYCO, call 606-218-5251.