- Associated Press - Friday, August 29, 2014

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The University of Pikeville and Western Kentucky University are collaborating to provide wider access to some programs.

The schools say students in eastern Kentucky will have three health-related master’s degree programs available, while Western Kentucky University students will have access to Pikeville’s College of Optometry.

By fall 2015, students in Pikeville will be offered a master’s program in communication disorders and the master of healthcare administration. Western will offer the master of social work at Pikeville in fall 2016. This fall, Western will offer a speech-language pathology pathway program that includes prerequisites needed for the communications disorders master’s program.

Pikeville is developing a pre-optometry track and will offer five admission slots each year to Western undergraduates who meet program criteria.