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Pre-health Professional Programs

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, nursing, pharmacy, optometry, chiropractic, podiatry, veterinary medicine or allied health professions may pursue those careers with a degree from St. Mary’s.

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

Partnerships exist between St. Mary’s and professional schools, including The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in San Antonio. The following fields of study are included: dentistry, medicine, nursing, public health and physical therapy.

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

The Department of Biological Sciences at St. Mary’s University has partnered with the UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry to offer a 3+4 program known as the Dental Early Acceptance Program (DEAP). DEAP allows St. Mary’s students to gain early acceptance into UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry after just three years at St. Mary’s.

Once students successfully complete their first year of course work at UT Health San Antonio’s School of Dentistry, they will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Combined Sciences from St. Mary’s. Once students complete the required course work at the dental school — a total of four years in addition to three years at St. Mary’s — they will earn a Doctor of Dental Science from UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry.

Health Professions Early Acceptance Program

The Department of Biological Sciences at St. Mary’s University has partnered with the UT Health San Antonio’s School of Health Professions to offer the Health Professions Early Acceptance Program (HEAP).

HEAP is a dual-degree program that allows St. Mary’s students to gain early acceptance into UT Health San Antonio’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, which consists of 100 semester credit hours taken during the course of three years and includes 30 weeks of full-time clinical affiliations and a four-week specialty clinical rotation.

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

LECOM Dental Early Acceptance Program

The Department of Biological Sciences at St. Mary’s has partnered with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) to offer the Dental Early Acceptance Program. This program allows St. Mary’s students to gain a provisional letter of acceptance into the LECOM Dental School. Students can apply during their senior year in high school or their first or second year at St. Mary’s.

Students in this program will earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology from St. Mary’s. If GPA and other requirements are met during their studies at St. Mary’s, students will then be accepted into the LECOM Dental School. Please see the Pre-health Professions Adviser for additional information.

LECOM Osteopathic Medicine Early Acceptance Program

The Department of Biological Sciences at St. Mary’s University has partnered with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) to offer the Osteopathic Medicine Early Acceptance Program (OMEAP). This program allows St. Mary’s students to gain a provisional letter of acceptance into LECOM.

OMEAP students will follow a four-year degree plan for a Bachelor of Science in Biology from St. Mary’s. If GPA and other requirements are met during their studies at St. Mary’s, students will then be accepted into LECOM, where they will be on track to earn a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. Students can apply during their senior year in high school or their first or second year at St. Mary’s.

LECOM Pharmacy Early Acceptance Program

The Department of Biological Sciences at St. Mary’s has partnered with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) to offer the Pharmacy Early Acceptance Program. This program allows St. Mary’s students to gain a provisional letter of acceptance into the LECOM School of Pharmacy. Students can apply during their senior year in high school or their first or second year at St. Mary’s.

Students in this program will earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology from St. Mary’s. If GPA and other requirements are met during their studies at St. Mary’s, students will then be accepted into the LECOM School of Pharmacy. Please see the Pre-health Professions Adviser for additional information.

Physician Assistant Inside Track Program

The Department of Biological Sciences at St. Mary’s University has partnered with Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University to offer the Physician Assistant Inside Track (PAIT) Program.

PAIT accepts up to two St. Mary’s students each year into their Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University’s Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program. Students must meet minimum application requirements and will receive application guidance from representatives from both schools to increase their likelihood of acceptance.

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.

View JAMP Camp information

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

The Department of Biological Sciences at St. Mary’s University has partnered with the UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing to offer the Nursing Early Acceptance Program (NEAP). NEAP is a dual-degree program that allows St. Mary’s students to spend only three years at St. Mary’s before gaining early acceptance into UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing.

After students successfully complete their first year of course work at UT Health San Antonio’s School of Nursing, they will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Combined Sciences from St. Mary’s. Once students complete the required course work for the nursing program, they will earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing.

Pre-health Career Conference

The Department of Biological Sciences at St. Mary’s 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

Master of Public Health 4+1 Program

The Department of Biological Sciences at St. Mary’s University has partnered with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSCH) School of Public Health to offer the Master of Public Health (MPH) 4+1 Program.

The MPH 4+1 Program allows St. Mary’s students to take core MPH classes in their last year of undergraduate course work, allowing them to complete a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in five years. Students who successfully complete a selected five MPH courses during the summer, fall and spring semesters of their senior year will earn a graduate certificate in Public Health and can apply to the graduate program at UTHSCH in the fall of their senior year.

The UTHSCH School of Public Health offers five concentrations: Biostatistics; Environmental Health; Epidemiology; Health Promotion/Education; and Management, Policy, and Community Health.

 

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