Health Professions Direct Admit Programs

UIW offers direct admit options for highly qualified first-time freshmen that lead to advanced degrees in nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, optometry or osteopathic medicine.

Students who meet the qualification criteria listed below when applying to the University will receive an email invitation shortly after they are admitted. Students will be asked to elect which program they are interested in and to complete a survey. Responses are shared with the respective schools who interview and admit students at their discretion. Please contact the Office of Admissions at (210) 829-6005 with any additional questions.

Enrollment period for this program is: Dec. 1, 2020 - Priority Deadline


Student, Megan Garza, shares her Direct Admit Program experience and the opportunities the program offers.

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Nursing

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The Direct Admit option for first-time freshman students leads to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with either a Family Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practitioner concentration. The Direct Admit 4+3 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)/ Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) option will provide a student the opportunity to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree over a seven-year period leading to both the BSN and DNP degrees.

Capacity: 5 students

    • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.7
    • High school math and science GPA of 3.7 (minimum of three years each)
    • Student must be prepared to begin in biological chemistry in the first semester of freshman year.
    • Successful interview with Nursing faculty

Additional Nursing admissions criteriaNursing program information and a detailed curriculum outline are available.

To be contacted by an Admissions Counselor, please fill out our UIW Inquiry Form.

Optometry

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The Rosenberg School of Optometry is excited to offer a direct admit program for highly qualified first-time freshmen. This program of study offers two tracks including an accelerated curriculum for the advanced undergraduate student who is ultimately interested in a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree. The successful undergraduate applicant will qualify to enter this program upon admission to the University with specific criteria outlined below. In order to successfully progress, maintain direct admit scholarships, and be accepted into the O.D. program, participants will need to satisfy additional requirements throughout their undergraduate Vision Science coursework.

Capacity: Unlimited

  • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.7
  • High school math and science GPA of 3.7
  • Student must be prepared to begin in Pre-Calculus in the first semester of freshman year

Additional Optometry admissions criteria, program progression requirements and a detailed Optometry curriculum outline are available.

To be contacted by an Admissions Counselor, please fill out our UIW Inquiry Form.

Osteopathic Medicine

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The Direct Admit option for first-time freshman students leads to a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree. The School of Osteopathic Medicine has a mission to empower all members of the medical education community to achieve academic, professional and personal success and develop a commitment to lifelong learning through excellence in learner-centered, patient-focused education, justice-based research and meaningful partnerships of osteopathic clinical service across the spectrum of medical education.

Capacity: Unlimited

  • Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.7
  • Four years of math and science with a minimum GPA of 3.7
  • Volunteer and community service involvement
  • Successful interview with School of Osteopathic Medicine faculty

Students are accepted to UIWSOM on a conditional basis and expected to meet the following guidelines during completion of their undergraduate work:

  • Complete all pre-requisite coursework at the UIW main campus
  • Maintain an overall 3.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) each academic year (to include fall, spring, summer).
  • Maintain a math and science GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Enroll in direct admit professional seminar.
  • Successful completion of upper division electives in medical-relevant course which could include: Neuroscience, Physiology, Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Complete the UIW community service requirement with a demonstrated focus on health education in the San Antonio community.
  • MCAT requirement waived
  • Successful interview with School of Osteopathic Medicine faculty
  • Continuous full-time enrollment and graduation within four years

Additional admissions criteria, Osteopathic Medicine program information and a detailed Osteopathic Medicine curriculum outline are available.

To be contacted by an Admissions Counselor, please fill out our UIW Inquiry Form.

Pharmacy

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The Direct Admit option is a program for first-time freshmen students interested in a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. Students need to maintain specific requirements throughout two years of undergraduate study at UIW in order to continue to the four-year professional pharmacy program. Successful candidates are exempt from taking the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test).

Capacity: Unlimited

  • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.5
  • Four years of math and science with a GPA of 3.3
  • Pre-Calculus ready

*Optional submitted test scores will be considered. Students with a high school GPA under 3.5 will be considered with a Math SAT above 580 or a Math Act above 23.

Additional Pharmacy admissions criteriaPharmacy program information, a detailed Pharmacy curriculum outline and FAQs are available.

To be contacted by an Admissions Counselor, please fill out our UIW Inquiry Form.

Physical Therapy

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The Direct Admit option for first-time freshmen students leads to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The School of Physical Therapy educates physical therapists who, through skilled, reflective, holistic patient-centered practice, and scholarly activities, optimize movement and wellness for the common good of society.

Capacity: Unlimited

  • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.7
  • High school math and science GPA of 3.7 (minimum of three years each)
  • Students must be prepared to begin Pre-Calculus in the first semester of freshmen year.
  • Volunteer and community service involvement
  • Interview with Physical Therapy faculty

Additional Physical Therapy admissions criteriaPhysical Therapy program information and a detailed Physical Therapy curriculum outline are available.

To be contacted by an Admissions Counselor, please fill out our UIW Inquiry Form.

 

UIW Health Profession Schools

The University of the Incarnate Word has a rich tradition of service through healthcare. UIW offers students the opportunity to pursue degrees in Nursing, Optometry, Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy and Physical Therapy. Here's a glance to what students and faculty think about our Health Profession programs.