- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Undergraduate students at Clemson University interested in health careers will be able to cut their studies by one year under a new partnership with the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Local media outlets reported the two schools announced plans Monday to allow Clemson students to apply for admission to nine health-related graduate programs at MUSC. Those programs include medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy and public health.

Undergraduate students would spend three years at Clemson before starting their graduate work at MUSC. The students would get their undergraduate degrees after their first year of graduate school.

Clemson students accepted in the accelerated master’s of public health programs would earn 12 hours of graduate school credit before transitioning to MUSC after their fourth academic year.

The program starts this fall.

Eligibility requirement vary depending on the program, but generally will require a 3.2 or higher grade point average, along with the completion of at least 90 undergraduate hours.

MUSC Provost Lisa Saladin said in a statement that the new effort will reduce student loan debt and increase the number of health professionals in South Carolina.

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