MUSC building

The Medical University of South Carolina. File/Leroy Burnell/Staff

Clemson University undergraduates interested in careers in health and medicine can trim a full year off their studies beginning this fall through a new partnership with the Medical University of South Carolina.

The partnership, announced Monday, allows Clemson students to apply for admission to nine health-related "Accelerated Pathway" graduate programs at MUSC, including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy and public health. 

Students in those programs, for example, would spend three years at Clemson before starting their graduate work at MUSC. They would earn their undergraduate diploma after their first year in graduate school.

Clemson students accepted into the accelerated master's of public health programs would earn 12 hours of graduate school credit before transitioning to MUSC after their fourth academic year. 

Eligibility and application requirements vary by program, but most will require a 3.2 or higher grade point average and at least 90 credit hours of undergraduate education before enrolling at MUSC. 

In a statement, MUSC Provost Lisa Saladin said the collaboration will reduce student loan debt and increase the number of health professionals in South Carolina. 

The universities also announced a new joint doctoral program in biomedical data science and informatics.

For more information on the Accelerated Pathway programs and how to apply, go online at www.clemson.edu/academics/programs/musc. To apply for the new joint Ph.D. program, go to www.cs.clemson.edu/bdsi

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Deanna Pan is an enterprise reporter for The Post and Courier, where she writes about education and other issues. She grew up in the suburbs of Cincinnati and graduated with a degree in English from Ohio State University in 2012.