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

A UT Health San Antonio physical therapy student works with a patient.

WHAT:            The presidents of Texas A&M International University and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (now called UT Health San Antonio) will sign a memorandum of understanding for an early acceptance program for TAMIU students into several higher education degrees in the UT Health San Antonio School of Health Professions.

WHEN:           10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017

WHERE:        Texas A&M International University, 5201 University Boulevard, Laredo

WHO:             William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, president of UT Health San Antonio and Pablo Arenaz, Ph.D., president of Texas A&M International University.

DETAILS:       Students will complete a bachelor’s degree through TAMIU, then enter one of several health professions degree programs at UT Health San Antonio. After completing specific requirements outlined in the agreement, up to 25 TAMIU students per academic year (five program) will be accepted into one of the following UT Health degree programs: master’s of Physician Assistant Studies, Respiratory Care, Medical Laboratory Sciences or Occupational Therapy; or Doctor of Physical Therapy. These programs prepare students for high-paying careers and graduates are in great demand in South Texas, which is considered a health professions underserved area.

TAMIU students participating in the new program will be apprised of the prerequisites, grade point average, participation in community health care activities and application process needed to enter the UT Health programs. Participating in the program could save students and their families costly educational expenses and prepare students for these rigorous academic programs.

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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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