UIW welcomes Texas Health and Science University to San Antonio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 2, 2013

Lisa Ping-Hui Tsao Lin, E.M.B.A., president and CEO, THSU and Douglas Endsley, UIW vice president of business and finance at the signing of the agreement between UIW and THSU.

Lisa Ping-Hui Tsao Lin, E.M.B.A., president and CEO, THSU and Douglas Endsley, UIW vice president of business and finance at the signing of the agreement between UIW and THSU.

San Antonio – The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) welcomed the Texas Health and Science University (THSU), an Austin-based institution to San Antonio at a press conference this morning.

THSU, formerly the Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is scheduled to begin offering acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine classes at UIW’s Debbie and Naty Saidoff Center located at Guilbeau and Tezel Road in 2014. UIW physical therapy students will receive free classroom instruction and 50 percent off clinical instruction.

“This partnership will give our physical therapy students an advantage in the marketplace by allowing them to include a broader range of training in their field,” said UIW President Dr. Lou Agnese. “It is a natural fit and the latest piece of the puzzle in UIW’s healthcare initiatives.”

During the past decade, UIW has opened the Feik School of Pharmacy, the Rosenberg School of Optometry and the School of Physical Therapy, all of which offer professional doctoral degrees. UIW has also added a doctorate in nursing practice in the Miller School of Nursing and Health Profession. In addition, UIW is well known for its international focus. In the fall of 2000, UIW became the first private American university to establish an academic site in China, through a joint venture with South China Normal University, one of China’s most prestigious universities.

“Our administrative staff has worked hard to reach this new milestone in our strategic initiative to serve students in the San Antonio area, establish a new generation of licensed acupuncturists to serve the South Central region of our state and build upon our partnership with UIW,” said Lisa Ping-Hui Tsao Lin, E.M.B.A., president and CEO, THSU.

All other UIW students will be eligible for 25 percent off classroom instruction at THSU. Students must have a minimum of 60 credit hours to qualify for admission. Admission to THSU is also open to non-UIW students.

THSU, which opened in 1990, was the first school in Texas approved by the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners to provide instruction in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. THSU offers several undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

CONTACT: Margaret Garcia, UIW associate director of public relations, (210) 829-6001, mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu

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