The University of Pikeville and Western Kentucky University will partner to offer three health-related master's degree programs available to students in Eastern Kentucky and allow Western students to attend UPike's College of Optometry.
UPike President James Hurley and Western President Gary Ransdell made the announcement Thursday at the Pikeville campus.
Western will begin by offering an online speech-language pathology program this fall that includes required classes for the master's program in communication disorders, which will be available in fall 2015.
The Master of Healthcare Administration will also be available by fall 2015. This online program is designed so that current UPike medical school students and those completing their residency program can complete both the masters and their medical degree simultaneously.
In fall 2016, Western will offer a master's degree in social work in a web-based format.
UPike is also developing a pre-optometry track and will offer five guaranteed admission slots per year to Western undergraduates.