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Lyon College approved to offer doctoral degrees in dentistry, veterinary medicine

Arkansas is one step closer to having its first dental and vet schools. Lyon received an official notice from the Higher Learning Commission last week. Institutional Actions Council (IAC) approved a total of seven changes to Lyon College, including requests to offer the Doctor of Medical Dentistry and the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine professional degrees.

The IAC also approved a request to open a subsidiary campus in Little Rock to house the Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine programs at the Lyon College Institute for Health Sciences.

“Gaining our regional accreditor’s approval for these schools is an important milestone for us,” said Dr. Melissa P. Taverner, President of Lyon College. “We can now finalize and submit our initial applications for professional accreditation to the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association and the Council on Education (COE) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). We plan to submit these applications in early 2023. Work on the dental and veterinary programs continues, and Lyon College will provide updates as the next steps in the development of the Institute of Health Sciences are completed.

In addition, the IAC approved Lyon College’s amendment requests to offer a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program, distance learning courses and programs, a change in mission to offer graduate degrees and a master of doctor of education (MAT) program.

“We are now in a position to advertise these new programs that will be placed on our Batesville campus and to move forward with the next phases of development, including creating instructional plans and finalizing admissions processes for the BSN and MAT programs. programs,” Taverner said.

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Lyon College’s BSN program is designed for registered nurses (RNs) who have a diploma or associate degree in nursing, have completed their state licensure, and want to advance their careers by earning the BSN liberal arts degree. Developed in partnership with White River Health of Batesville and the University of Arkansas Community College in Batesville, the program is designed for graduates of RN programs at Arkansas community colleges and nursing schools.

The MAT is specifically designed for individuals without teaching credentials who have earned baccalaureate degrees in content areas and wish to become a teacher in an accelerated manner.

“Needless to say, these change requests, the preliminary internal reviews and the external reviews, including the two change visits, required an extraordinary amount of work from so many people,” Taverner said. “I want to express my sincere appreciation to our faculty, staff and the greater Arkansas community for their efforts and dedication in pursuing these new opportunities for our students and for the benefit of all Arkansans.”

The college will also provide updates when the bachelor of science in nursing and master of arts in education programs begin, likely sometime in 2023.

“It is tremendously exciting to see Lyon College add its first new degrees in many decades. It speaks to the spirit of innovation and the hard work our faculty and staff bring to campus every day as we continue to make the Lyon experience more relevant and impactful,” said Dr. Kurt Grafton, provost. I look forward to seeing these programs expand and produce graduates who will make lasting positive impacts in their communities and across the state of Arkansas for many years to come.”

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