Most students enrolling at St. Mary’s University who are interested in pursuing health care careers choose to major in Biology. Students interested in careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, chiropractic, podiatry, veterinary medicine, allied health professions, or nursing may pursue those careers with a degree from St. Mary’s University.

Students may apply for admission to a number of different cooperative partnership programs.

Partnerships exist between St. Mary’s University and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) in the following fields of study: physical therapy, nursing, medicine and dentistry.

If accepted into one of the partnership programs, students can transfer to UTHSCSA after completing program-specific prerequisite coursework and meeting other program-specific requirements.

For more information on Pre-health Professional Programs at St. Mary’s, contact Carly Friedman, Ph.D., Pre-health Professions Adviser, at 210-436-3611.

Dental Early Admission Program

St. Mary’s University Department of Biological Sciences has partnered with the University of Texas Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) Dental School to offer a 3+4 program known as the Dental Early Acceptance Program (DEAP). The DEAP program allows St. Mary’s students pursuing dentistry to gain early acceptance into the UTHSCSA Dental School and spend only three years at St. Mary’s in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.

Students accepted into the DEAP program will follow a three-year degree plan at St. Mary’s which fulfills the prerequisite coursework for the UTHSCSA Dental School as well as degree requirements for a B.A. in Combined Sciences from St. Mary’s. After completing the three year degree plan, the student will matriculate into the UTHSCSA Dental School. The B.A. in Combined Sciences degree will be awarded by St. Mary’s after the student successfully completes the first year of coursework at the Dental School. The student will earn a Doctor of Dental Science (DDS) degree from the UTHSCSA Dental School after completing the required coursework at the dental school.

Health Professions Early Acceptance Program

The Department of Biological Sciences at St. Mary’s University has partnered with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) School of Health Professions to offer the Health Professions Early Acceptance Program (HEAP) for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program. The HEAP allows St. Mary’s students pursuing physical therapy to gain early acceptance into the DPT Program at UTHSCSA. Students accepted into this program are notified of their conditional acceptance in this program in December of their junior year as opposed to their senior year.

Students accepted into the HEAP will follow a four-year degree plan at St. Mary’s, which fulfills the prerequisite coursework for the DPT Program at UTHSCSA. Students must earn their bachelor’s degree at St. Mary’s University prior to matriculating into the DPT Program as well as fulfill all other admission requirements for the program.

Joint Admission Medical Program

The Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) is a special program created by the Texas Legislature to support and encourage highly qualified, economically disadvantaged Texas resident students pursuing a medical education. Funded through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, JAMP is a unique partnership between all nine Texas medical schools and sixty-five public and private four-year undergraduate institutions. St. Mary’s is one such private institution.

Students accepted into JAMP are assured admission into one of the nine medical schools in Texas provided they meet requirements of the program while completing their undergraduate education. JAMP students also participate in two rigorous summer internships provided by JAMP to prepare for the MCAT exam and success in medical school.

Students interested in JAMP are encouraged to:

  • Engage in clinical experiences in order to gain exposure to the medical field and develop a knowledge of current clinical procedures
  • Demonstrate a commitment to improving the community and helping those in need by  participating in community service
  • Build relationships with faculty members
  • Take advantage of services offered at the St. Mary’s Career Services Center to sharpen their interview skills and polish their resume

Pre-JAMP Summer Camps

St. Mary’s has been awarded a grant to hold two summer camps each year since 2010, one camp for current high school students and another for incoming college freshman. These are held over the course of four to five days.

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Nursing Automatic Acceptance 4+1 Program

The St. Mary’s University Department of Biological Sciences has partnered with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) School of Nursing to offer the Nursing Automatic Acceptance Program (NAAP). NAAP allows St. Mary’s students to gain automatic acceptance into the UTHSCSA School of Nursing. Accepted students have the option of choosing the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, which is 15 months, or the tradition program, which is two years.

Students in this program will earn a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from St. Mary’s and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UTHSCSA. There are additional courses students must take in addition to the Bachelor of Arts in Biology degree plan. Please see the Pre-health Professions Adviser for additional information.

Nursing Early Acceptance Program

St. Mary’s University Department of Biological Sciences has partnered with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) School of Nursing to offer the Nursing Early Acceptance Program (NEAP). The NEAP program is a dual degree program which allows St. Mary’s students to gain early acceptance into the UTHSCSA School of Nursing and spend only three years at St. Mary’s in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.

Students accepted into the NEAP will follow a three-year degree plan at St. Mary’s which fulfills the prerequisite coursework for nursing at UTHSCSA as well as degree requirements for a B.A. in Combined Sciences from St. Mary’s. After completing the three-year degree plan, the student will matriculate into the UTHSCSA School of Nursing.

The B.A. Combined Sciences degree will be awarded by St. Mary’s after the student successfully completes the first year of coursework in the nursing program at UTHSCSA. The student will earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from the UTHSCSA School of Nursing after completing the required coursework in the nursing program.

Pre-health Career Conference

The Department of Biological Sciences at St. Mary’s University invites current students, alumni, community college students and high school students to join in learning how to be successful in reaching a career in the health fields during the Pre-health Career Conference.

At the conference, keynote speakers, current practitioners, admissions advisers and representatives from local businesses — all from a wide variety of health occupations — are available to answer questions students may have. Attending college students can network, participate in mock interview sessions and learn how to become a more competitive applicant for graduate and professional schools.

View Pre-health Career Conference information

Public Health 4+1 Program

The Public Health 4+1 Program is a great option for students wanting to enter the health professions field or participate in research, as it encompasses a wide variety of health-related careers. The program prepares students to become competitive applicants for medical, dental, physician assistants, physical therapy, nursing, and Ph.D. programs.

The 4+1 program between St. Mary’s University and the University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston School of Public Health (UTHSPH) allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a master’s degree in Public Health within five years. Undergraduate students interested in pursuing the 4+1 program undergo three application processes.

The first process will begin in the first semester of the applicant’s third year of study at St. Mary’s and will be used as a declaration of intent to complete the 4+1 program. This process involves submitting an application, which includes a one- or two-page personal statement, a letter from the student’s faculty/department adviser endorsing the applicant, and a letter of academic progression/standing from the Registrar’s Office. The candidate will be reviewed by a committee of St. Mary’s and UTHSPH faculty for acceptance into the undergraduate portion of the 4+1 program.

If approved, the student will continue with the second application and begin taking graduate courses the summer after his or her junior year, continuing into senior year, while simultaneously taking courses at St. Mary’s.

The third application will be completed during the student’s fourth year when the student officially applies for the master’s program. The student has the choice of participating in only the first year of courses to receive a certificate in Public Health should the student successfully complete the courses or continue with the master’s program.