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WCU alters schedule due to COVID-19 pandemic

The following details about upcoming events at William Carey University have been submitted to FOX23 from the Hattiesburg-based university.

• Summer terms: Registration opens April 25 for online summer classes at William Carey University. The traditional summer term starts June 1. WCU also offers a concentrated, two-week summer term May 18-29. Online course fees of $15 per hour have been waived for both terms. For more information, visit or email

• Teacher Roundup: WCU School of Education will host an online “Teacher Roundup” on April 28 on its Facebook page. Prospective students can watch videos about the undergraduate, alternate route, and teacher assistant programs. They can also submit questions and Dr. Ben Burnett, dean of education, will answer them live. Time TBA. For scheduling details, check

• ADP webinar: Dr. Italo Subbarao, dean of the WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine, will be the speaker at the Area Development Partnership’s upcoming Virtual Accelerate webinar. Dr. Subbarao’s topic will be “Fostering Wellness During COVID-19.” The online event will be May 1 at 11 a.m. For details, visit

• Entrance exams: WCU has suspended requirements for the following graduate entrance exams until further notice: Graduate Record Examination (GRE); Miller Analogies Test (MAT); and Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

• Health Information: In this time of pandemic, the demand for professionals with expertise in telemedicine and electronic health records is growing quickly. To pursue a career in this in-demand field, explore WCU’s Health Information Management program. For information, call Dr. Jude Haney at (601) 318-6057.

• Health Administration: WCU Health Administration and Education offers a doctoral program for professionals who want to pursue positions in executive-level healthcare administration or academia. A master’s level program is also available. WCU has suspended the GRE entrance requirement for both programs. For information, call Dr. Bettina McGruder at (601) 318-6342.

• Criminal Justice: WCU Criminal Justice Department offers bachelor’s and master’s level programs. The GRE requirement for the master’s program has been suspended. Forensic science professor Dr. Dean Bertram, retiring this summer from the University of Southern Mississippi, will join the WCU faculty in the fall. For more information, contact Dr. Karla Pope at

• Nursing degree: WCU’s School of Nursing is accepting applications for the summer and fall terms from students seeking bachelor’s degrees. Because prospective students are unable to take the TEAS entrance exam, or Test of Essential Academic Skills, the following will be considered in lieu of the TEAS exam: 1) fall 2020 acceptance letter from another school of nursing; or 2) scores from other nursing school exams, like the HESI, NLN and Kaplan. For more information, visit or email

• Baton Rouge campus: WCU at Baton Rouge General offers a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The campus opened in fall 2018. Its inaugural class graduated in February and has now posted a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination. For information about classes, email Dr. Catherine Belden at

• New music degrees: WCU’s Winters School of Music is offering two new degrees through its Music Studies in Worship program: 1) bachelor’s degree in music with a concentration in worship leadership; and 2) bachelor’s degree in music with a concentration in worship technology. For more information, visit or email

• Online auditions: WCU’s Winters School of Music has made it possible for prospective students to audition online. Vocalists are asked to present one prepared piece. Instrumentalists should present two major scales and one prepared piece. All students who audition will receive a scholarship. For instructions, email

• School of Pharmacy: May 1 is the application deadline for the Doctor of Pharmacy program at WCU’s Tradition campus. Prospective students are encouraged to apply now, however, to avoid possible delays in the verification process due to COVID-19. For more information, visit or email

• MBA: The GMAT entrance requirement for WCU’s Master of Business Administration program has been waived. Students may enter the program in the summer, fall, winter, or spring trimesters. For more information, visit or email

• Bible study: Although mission work is limited during the pandemic, WCU’s Baptist Student Union is reaching out on social media with a Bible reading program. To take part, visit the BSU on Instagram at @carey_bsu.



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