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King University News :: Applied Science Degree Program Designed to Enhance Technical Degrees

BRISTOL, Tenn., April 22, 2014 – Beginning fall 2014, King University will offer community college graduates a new pathway to complete their bachelor’s degree. King’s Bachelor of Applied Science is a specialized technical degree which will combine the students’ technical training with liberal arts and a concentration of six courses in one of the University’s Graduate Professional Studies programs.

“Our GPS program is tailored to reduce the challenges facing the adult learner. Time and access are often a barrier for adult students wanting to finish their degree,” said John King, vice president of Development and Enrollment Management for King University. “By taking classes either one night per week or online, working adults can earn their degrees in as little as 16 months and open the door for professional advancement.”

A multidisciplinary degree, the Bachelor of Applied Science will capitalize on a student’s technical training, work experience, and career objectives. Each student will work with his/her academic advisor to determine a plan of study that satisfies general education requirements, recognizes the value of their technical coursework and on-the-job experience, and gives them specific knowledge in an academic discipline that can enhance their value in the workplace.

“The Bachelor of Science in Applied Science is a convenient pathway for community college students graduating from a technical degree curriculum or a certificate program,” Katie Vande Brake, dean of Academic Program Development. “Students, who are candidates for this program, usually leave their community college with sophisticated technical skills but few hours in the liberal arts and sciences. This degree will provide experienced professional adults, who are interested in upward mobility in their fields, with additional skills and knowledge important for potential career advancement.”

The Applied Science degree program treats the technical specialty of at least 45 semester hours as the student’s major. The student must also complete a total of 30 semester hours of general education courses in the liberal arts and sciences that King and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) specify as required for the granting of a bachelor’s degree. In addition, students must complete a concentration of 24 hours in one of the disciplines offered through King’s GPS program such as Business, Psychology, Health Informatics, Communication, Criminal Justice, Healthcare Administration, or Information Technology.

For more information on the Bachelor of Applied Science or other GPS programs, contact the Office of Admissions at King University at 800.362.0014 or


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