Under the working agreement, BMC students will be able to earn Bachelor of Science degrees in three areas: biology at BMC and Bachelor of Health Science at BCHS; biology at BMC and B.S. in Nursing from BCHS; and business administration at BMC and with a concentration in Health Care Management at BCHS.
The dual program of biology and health science includes majors in Radiation Therapy, Respiratory Care, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Medical Radiography, and Medical Laboratory Science.
Both the Health Science and Nursing degree programs are “3+2” curriculums where students attend BMC for three years and their final two years at BCHS, and both degrees awarded at the conclusion.
In the Business Administration program, BMC students will complete their final 21 hours at BCHS.
Dr. Barbara Childers McMillin, president of BMC, noted the agreement with BCHS – a branch of Baptist Memorial Hospital – is also historical.
“One hundred years ago Dr. B.G. Lowrey and Dr. W.T. Lowrey, both BMC presidents, articulated a vision that ultimately influenced the formation of the Baptist healthcare system that has now touched the lives of thousands upon thousands of Mid-Southerners,” McMillin said.
“Today that vision will be extended to include new opportunities for Blue Mountain College to partner with BCHS in the provision of healthcare education, a venture which we trust will serve to enhance the original mission. For this partnership with BCHS, we are grateful.”
Brothers B.G. and W.T. Lowrey were sons of BMC founder Mark Perrin Lowrey who also served as school presidents.
W.T. Lowrey served as president of Baptist Hospital’s board of trustees from its founding in 1912 until 1943. Lawrence T. Lowrey, grandson of the founder and fourth president of BMC, was president of the hospital trustees 1943-46.
Dr. Sharon Enzor, vice-president for academic affairs at BMC, also noted the historical connection.
“One-hundred years later, Blue Mountain College through God’s ordained plan, is connecting with that which was a seed in the heart of Dr. B. G. Lowrey,” she said. “We are thrilled to be able to provide opportunities for health care training at the Bachelor’s Degree level for our students and to partner with our sister Baptist institution in making these programs available.”