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LMU ANNOUNCES NEW OFFERINGS AT KINGSPORT CENTER FOR HIGHER EDUCATION



November 4, 2011 - Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will begin offering Veterinary Technology and Medical Technology classes at its extended learning site at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education (KCHE) beginning in January 2012.

LMU currently offers three programs of study at the KCHE: the Master of Education in Initial Licensure, the Master of Education in educational administration and supervision and the Educational Specialist in either educational administration and supervision or curriculum and instruction. The University has received Southern Association of Colleges and Schools approval to deliver its highly successful Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology and Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology programs at the Center. The core curriculum for each program will be delivered at the KCHE, with additional clinical work to be completed at the clinical partner sites for each respective program.

LMU’s Medical Technology Program Class of 2011 graduates achieved a 100% pass rate on the 2011 board certification exams. This marked the sixth straight year that LMU medical technology graduates enjoyed a perfect pass rate. Out of 92 total universities with graduates taking the exam, LMU graduates tied for second place in terms of the highest class average composite score. The Class of 2011 composite class average of 648 bested the national average of 508 by 140 points. LMU is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) to award the Bachelor of Science in medical technology. Clinical training will take place within the Tennessee and Virginia Hospitals of the Mountain States Health Alliance system. These include: Sycamore Shoals Hospital in Elizabethton, Tenn.; Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tenn.; Franklin Woods Community Hospital in Johnson City, Tenn.; Indian Path Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn.; Johnson County Community Hospital in Mountain City, Tenn.; Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Va.; Dickenson Community Hospital in Clintwood, Va.; Russell County Medical Center in Lebanon, Va.; Smyth County Community Hospital in Marion, Va.; and Norton Community Hospital in Norton, Va.

LMU’s Veterinary Technology Program is one of just three such programs in the state of Tennessee. The program began in 1985 to meet the increasing demand for veterinary technicians in the region. Graduates of LMU’s Veterinary Technology Program qualify to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination in order to become a licensed veterinary technician/technologist. Since December 2009, LMU students have achieved a 100% pass rate and, most recently, were among 2,460 candidates taking the exam for the first time. The current national average pass rate is around 62%, and most LMU exam candidates averaged scores well above the pass rate in all seven practice domains including pharmacology, anesthesia, surgical prep and assisting, dentistry, lab procedures, animal care and nursing and diagnostic imaging. The program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to grant both the Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in veterinary technology. Clinical partners of the Kingsport location will include private practices, emergency clinics and academic institutions throughout northeast Tennessee, including those in Kingsport, Bristol, Johnson City, Bluff City, Gray, Blountville and Elizabethton, as well as those in Virginia.

Students interested in enrolling in the LMU Veterinary Technology Program at KCHE should contact Dr. Dawn Dutka, director of the LMU Veterinary Technology Program at Kingsport at 423-869-6847 or dawn.dutka @LMUnet.edu. Students interested in enrolling in the LMU Medical Technology Program at KCHE should contact Dr. Bill Engle, director of the LMU Medical Technology Program at 423-869-6471 or billy.engle@LMUnet.edu.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at admissions@lmunet.edu.

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