UT Health San Antonio, Texas A&M International University sign agreement for health professions education

Texas A&M International University President Pablo Arenaz and UT Health San Antonio President William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, shake hands after signing the Laredo Early Acceptance Program Agreement.

SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 8, 2017) ― Students at Texas A&M International University now have a clearer path to earning an advanced degree in five higher-paying and much needed health professions in South Texas.

TAMIU and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, now known as UT Health San Antonio, signed a memorandum of understanding Sept. 8 for an early acceptance program beginning this fall.

Through the agreement, first-time TAMIU freshmen will be guided through courses and other requirements needed to earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree at TAMIU. After meeting the necessary requirements and a successful application process, students will then enter one of four master’s degree programs or a doctoral degree program in the School of Health Professions at UT Health.

The programs include master’s degrees in Physician Assistant Studies, Respiratory Care, Medical Laboratory Sciences and Occupational Therapy, as well as the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

“This agreement will provide a roadmap for successful entry into our health professions programs through TAMIU,” said UT Health San Antonio President William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP. “Students will know exactly which courses, volunteer work, applications and grade point averages are needed to meet entrance requirements, providing cost savings to students and their families. And the best part is that each student’s success will translate into better health care for every patient they serve in the future,” he said.

“This initiative has remarkable relevance for our students and the provision of health care in our region.  Partnering with The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio helps ensure that this collaboration provides TAMIU students with a broad range of high-impact and high-income degree options after they complete their Bachelor of Science degree here. It’s a natural complement to our other health programs,” added Dr. Pablo Arenaz, TAMIU president.

For additional information on the UT Heath San Antonio Laredo Early Acceptance Program at TAMIU, contact Dr. Hector E. Gonzalez, TAMIU College of Arts & Sciences, department of Biology & Chemistry, at 956-326-3121, hector.gonzalez@tamiu.edu, or visit offices in the Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center, 259. Admissions information is also available on the UT Health School of Health Professions website:


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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, with missions of teaching, research and healing, is one of the country’s leading health sciences universities and is now called/doing business as UT Health San Antonio™. UT Health San Antonio’s schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences have produced more than 33,000 alumni who are advancing their fields throughout the world. With four campuses in San Antonio and Laredo, UT Health San Antonio has a FY 2017 revenue operating budget of $806.6 million and is the primary driver of its community’s $37 billion biomedical and health care industry. For more information on the many ways “We make lives better®,” visit www.uthscsa.edu.

A Member of The Texas A&M University System, Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) is a primarily Hispanic-serving, State-assisted university founded in 1970. Its 300-acre campus is located in northeast Laredo on former ranchland. Home to over 7,400 students from around the world, TAMIU offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in the arts and sciences, business, education and nursing. As its name affirms, it maintains a special focus on developing an international academic agenda for the State of Texas. Washington Monthly’s 2017 College Guide ranked TAMIU fourth in its Top Ten of Best Bang for the Buck Colleges in the South. Additional information is available at http://www.tamiu.edu

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