Bethel University announces partnership with Dyersburg State

McKenzie, TN — Bethel University Vice President Dr. Kimberly Martin announced an agreement today that will make it easier for graduates of Dyersburg State Community College to transfer to Bethel to complete their bachelor’s degrees in Management & Organizational Development with optional concentrations in Information Technology or Healthcare Management. Students may choose to attend classes one night per week on campus with other adult learners or may complete additional classes online through Bethel’s Virtual Campus.

Specifically, the agreement allows Bethel University’s College of Professional Studies to promote and offer on-campus degree completion courses at Dyersburg State’s main campus at 1510 Lake Road in Dyersburg. In addition, Bethel will accept all credit from students’ Dyersburg State associate degrees to apply toward their bachelor’s degrees. Both Dyersburg State alumni and other associate degree holders within the Dyersburg community can build upon their associate degree or previously earned college hours.

Martin stated that the academic partnership “demonstrates our commitment to promoting continued education to Tennessee adults” by saving students time and money while putting highly educated individuals into the workplace at an increased rate. “Together, we are working towards meeting Gov. Bill Haslam’ss Drive to 55 goal to see 55% of Tennesseans possess a postsecondary certificate or degree by the year 2025. By offering a bachelor’s degree completion program that is convenient and designed specifically for adult learners, we are reinforcing the fact that lifetime learning is the key to success,” she said.

Dyersburg State President Karen Bowyer sees benefits all around. “DSCC is excited about welcoming faculty from Bethel University to offer classes at the junior and senior level in the Eller Administration Building in spring 2019 for DSCC graduates. This new initiative will help this region develop the skilled people necessary to improve the quality of life and economic prosperity.”

Those who graduated from community college with at least a 3.0 GPA on or after Oct. 1, 2015 are eligible for a $500 scholarship.

“This is a truly exciting partnership,” said Bethel University President Dr. Walter Butler. “Both Bethel and Dyersburg State prepare graduates to thrive in today’s competitive professional environment. We look forward to offering incoming students the personal care and relevant curriculum that Bethel University is known for.”

College of Professional Studies students receive a laptop to use for their coursework, have their customized textbooks delivered directly to them, and study under the guidance of industry professionals and field experts.

“Dyersburg State Community College has offered high-quality educational opportunities at the certificate and associate degree level to students in Northwest Tennessee for 50 years,” Martin added. “Bethel is excited to partner with Dyersburg State to help its graduates earn bachelor’s degrees close to home, in an environment specifically designed for working adults.”

One of the oldest private institutions in Tennessee, Bethel University has been designated a “Military Friendly” school, and was named one of the best online colleges in Tennessee for 2018 by Credit hours can be earned for military and professional experience, as well as through qualifying exams. All students have access to a dedicated academic advisor, 24/7 technical support, a user-friendly online library, and more.

To learn more about Bethel University’s College of Professional Studies programs, go to, or contact Jackie Puckett at (270) 243.4321 or