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June 16 , 2006
CONTACT: Leigh Soltis

EMU signs articulation agreement with Owens Community College (Ohio)

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University and Owens Community College (Toledo, Ohio) have signed an articulation agreement that will help students seeking an undergraduate degree in dietetics.

            The agreement will allow students of OCC’s dietetic technology program to complete their associate of applied science degree and transfer to EMU without loss of credit.  Transferring students will take 40 credit hours at EMU to complete a bachelor’s of science degree in dietetics.

“[This agreement] provides a smooth curriculum transition that minimizes loss of credit and duplication of coursework,” said Jeanne Thomas, dean of EMU’s College of Health and Human Services.

Owens’s program prepares students to be dietetics technicians (DTR), professionals who support the work of dietitians and other health care professionals. Eastern’s program in dietetics prepares students to be registered dieticians (RD). EMU’s is one of only two coordinated dietetics programs, combining both coursework and an internship, in the state of Michigan.

            “[Owens] has the only dietetics technician program in the area,” said Betsy Francis, head of the EMU School of Health Sciences. “Actually, there are none in Michigan, so it makes good sense to have an articulation agreement with Owens and help the students who want to continue on for their bachelor’s degrees.”

Judi Brooks, director of EMU’s dietetics program, said around 10 percent of students in the on-campus section of dietetics have transferred here from community colleges, and almost half of the students in EMU’s online program attended community colleges.

            Dietetics students from the Toledo area already take advantage of EMU’s tuition reciprocity agreement with the state of Ohio, but this articulation agreement could be a bigger incentive, said Francis. Currently, nine students in the College of Health and Human Services have transferred to EMU from OCC.

             “It would be nice to use this articulation agreement as a recruitment tool. [Agreements] help to facilitate the ease of transferring to EMU and streamline the advising process,” said Francis. “Also, the students know what to expect and there are clear guidelines for transferring to EMU.”

            “I consider this articulation agreement an exciting development for EMU,” said Thomas. “It will make our strong program in dietetics accessible to a new population of students and potentially meet critical educational and workforce needs.”

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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