Tusculum College making transition to university status
Tusculum College in East Tennessee is adding four health sciences programs and transitioning to a university. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the school, which is the oldest college in the state, will begin offering doctoral and master's degrees in optometry, physician's assistant, occupational therapy and physical therapy. As it makes the changes, Tusculum will restructure its current programs under four colleges, making it a university. Officials have already approved the changes, which are slated to officially take effect on July 1. Tusculum President James Hurley says the new structure won't just meet student demand, but it also aims to meet the needs of the Appalachian region and make the school sustainable. The programs will be based out of the college's main campus in Greeneville, but will also use satellite campuses in Knoxville and Morristown.