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2012-10-18: WCU Graduate School & Educational Outreach

October 18th, 2012 by Scott Baker
Dr. Mimi Fenton, Interim Dean of the Graduate School and Research, told members about the many high-quality graduate programs that WCU offers.  Presently there are more than 55 graduate programs, including a very successful Doctor of Physical Therapy program now beginning its second year and which will be admitting a third cohort of 32 students from more than 500 applicants. The Ed.D. program is in the process of an expansive redesign and will begin in Summer 2013. The Doctor of Nurse Practitioner program, a collaborative program with UNC-Charlotte, is in its final stages of curricular approval and will begin Fall 2013.  Fenton also spoke of the many post-baccalaureate certificate programs available, which requires between 15-21 hours of graduate course work, and can be of great benefit to practicing professionals wishing to expand their credentials and skill set.  Graduate Assistantships, for full-time residential students, offer financial support and educational employments, and Fenton also spoke of the other forms of assistance for full and part-time students.  The new Biltmore Park campus is allowing for greater flexibility in scheduling courses for working professionals, and currently there are more than 500 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate courses at the lovely new campus (at Exit 37 off of I-26).
For more information, please feel free to contact Dean Fenton at 828-227-7398 or at Contact the Division of Educational Outreach at 227-7397.  For distance/online program resources please visit For continuing and professional education please visit
Pictured L-R are Dr. Gilman, Club President Lyn Lazar, and Dr. Fenton.

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