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Health Profession Schools

One Word in Healthcare

Our schools rank among the best in the nation and San Antonio offers an unmatched variety of clinical settings that address patient needs. UIW is known nationally for preparing graduates to become leaders in a changing healthcare environment and for making a commitment to its alumni to promote lifelong learning and service.

One Word: Purpose

Our five health profession schools - pharmacy, nursing and health professions, optometry, osteopathic medicine and physical therapy - attract some of the nation’s most talented and diverse faculty and students. Our emphasis on critical thinking, holistic approaches and clinical experience will enable you to graduate practice-ready across a variety of professional settings.

Heart for Others

UIW partners with hospitals and specialty clinics in San Antonio and throughout Texas to provide our students with abundant choices for internships and clinical experiences. The locations include civilian and military facilities and five full-service hospitals in the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Healthcare System, which was founded by our founders, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, and is the region’s only Catholic faith-based non-profit healthcare system.

Clinical Experience

San Antonio and Texas offer health profession graduates abundant choices for internships and other clinical experiences, across a range of hospital and specialty clinic settings, civilian and military, including five full-service hospitals in the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Healthcare System.

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Health Profession Schools

Explore the programs offered within each of the five UIW health profession schools below.

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Feik School of Pharmacy

The Feik School of Pharmacy (FSOP) is dedicated to providing pharmacy education and scholarship that advances the quality of healthcare practices in diverse populations. The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program focuses on a strong foundation in the basic pharmaceutical, administrative and clinical sciences using innovative technology, curricular integration, lifelong learning and critical thinking to provide high-quality, evidence-based pharmaceutical care with opportunities for multicultural and multilingual development.

Fast Facts

  • 1k+ patients served annually
  • 15k served through mission trips
  • 1.3 million intern hours since 2010
  • 96.5% 2018 NAPLEX pass rate
  • 93.8% 2018 MPJE pass rate
  • 4 professional certifications
  • Required Spanish education

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Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions

The Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions combines the best possible scientific grounding with unmatched clinical experience across many types of healthcare settings and diverse patient populations. Some programs offer include an Accelerated BSN, a Master of Science in Athletic Training and more. Our students advance a mission of faith-based care that began in 1869 with the founding of the region’s first Catholic hospital. Faculty, students and alumni carry on that work through regional clinics, service trips abroad and other mission-driven initiatives.

Did You Know?

  • 100% Nurse Practitioner pass rate
  • 135k hours invested by faculty and students to underserved each year
  • Direct Admit Program available
  • First accredited undergraduate nursing program west of Mississippi

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Rosenberg School of Optometry

The Rosenberg School of Optometry (RSO) is the only optometry school associated with a faith-based institution emphasizing individualized attention and placing a high importance on our student’s personal growth and development. The support system that is created through both the feel of family and appreciation of diversity is a tremendous source of guidance and strength for our students. RSO offers the Doctor of Optometry with a curriculum that integrates a classroom experience and patient contact, providing early exposure to clinical training captured through community outreach programs.


  • Average incoming class size: 68
  • Student to faculty ratio: 6:1 (4:1 in the clinic)
  • $1.8 million annual uncompensated care provided by UIW clinics
  • 206.5 cumulative hours to the Doctor of Optometry degree
  • Merit Scholarships and Direct Admit Scholarships available

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School of Osteopathic Medicine

The School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM) combines scientific grounding, service to the community and abundant clinical experience across many types of primary and specialty care settings and diverse patient populations. Students will gain confidence and deepen their commitment to medicine while addressing the real and pressing needs of underserved communities. UIWSOM offers a curriculum designed to transform students from a student of medicine to a fully-reflective Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.

Quick Notes

  • 73% of the student body are Texas residents
  • 34% are underrepresented minority students
  • UIW is 1 of 35 Schools of Osteopathic Medicine in the U.S.
  • 25% of all medical students are enrolled in DO programs

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School of Physical Therapy

The School of Physical Therapy (SoPT) offers a 29-month, problem-based learning (PBL) Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. Working in small collaborative groups, under faculty guidance, students acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors through the PBL process—an innovative, structured teaching methodology which places the student in a position of active responsibility for learning and mastering content. The PBL method involves self-directed learning, critical thinking, personal reflections and application of advanced knowledge and strategies. SoPT students are presented with simulated, complex patient cases with multiple potential diagnoses and treatment options.

By the Numbers

  • 98% overall pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination
  • 96% employment rate
  • 86% of faculty members have one or more board certifications
  • 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • 36% expected industry job growth from 2014 to 2024 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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Questions about one of our programs?

Contact us today.

Feik School of Pharmacy

(210) 883-1000

Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing & Health Professions

(210) 283-6379

Rosenberg School of Optometry

(210) 883-1190

School of Osteopathic Medicine

(210) 283-6998

School of Physical Therapy

(210) 283-6477

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