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Agreement allows St. Marys students to apply for fast track to
UTHSC School of Nursing
St. Marys University
students who seek bachelors degrees in nursing may take their last
two years of courses at The University of Texas Health Science Center
at San Antonio (UTHSC) School of Nursing as part of a new cooperative
program, officials of both institutions announced today.
High school seniors
who plan to study nursing and attend St. Marys can enter the Collaborative
Admissions Program for Scholars in Nursing (CAPS). Identified as students
interested in nursing, they will be included in the activities of the
School of Nursing Student Nurses Association and will be welcome participants
in other School of Nursing activities. They may apply to be admitted to
the UTHSC School of Nursing to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Nursing
degree after completing at least 60 hours of prerequisites, usually in
the sophomore year.
will help us address the shortage of nurses in South Texas, said
Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., president of the Health Science Center. Nurses
are essential to effective health care in so many settings; this is yet
another way in which we can train a new generation of outstanding students
to provide care in our region and state.
The two institutions
in May announced a collaborative agreement for prospective medical students.
That agreement provides a competitive early acceptance program for outstanding
St. Marys sophomores.
the pulse of life, and students from St. Marys will have the opportunity
to learn the best that medical science has to offer through the collaborative
nursing program, said Charles L. Cotrell, Ph.D., president of St.
Marys. It is important for students to experience and practice
community-based education, especially if they are to attend to the medically
underserved among us. We seek the best students from South
Texas with the goal of educating and training the best and most compassionate
nurses and nurse educators, said Janet D. Allan, Ph.D., RN, CS,
FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing. The quality of students at
St. Marys will help us greatly as we prepare tomorrows leaders
for the field of nursing and its many areas of specialization.
St. Marys students
who meet the stipulated requirements will be guaranteed admission to CAPS
beginning in spring 2002. Admissions will be based on applicants
academic potential and proven interest in entering the nursing profession,
as reflected by their grade point averages and their completion of prerequisite
courses. Students not meeting the stipulated requirements will be considered
later as part of the larger applicant pool for School of Nursing admission,
nearly 20 percent of whom are men. It is anticipated that the CAPS program
will attract students to start at St. Marys in the fall of 2002
and enter the Health Science Center in 2004.
Our goal is to
support young scholars who are accepted to the program during their undergraduate
studies by providing academic enrichment and preparing them for nursing
courses, said Anthony J. Kaufman, Ph.D., dean of the School of Science,
Engineering and Technology at St. Marys, which is noted for its
strong health careers programs. The federally funded Health Careers Opportunities
Program helps students develop the thinking, reading, writing, math and
science skills necessary for pursuing a health career. HCOP will be one
avenue for reaching students with information about the new nursing program.
St. Marys has designated Colleen J. Nolan, Ph.D., associate professor
of biological sciences, as the faculty adviser to students interested
In January 2002, St.
Marys University, the first institution of higher learning in San
Antonio, will begin a yearlong sesquicentennial celebration of 150 years
of nationally recognized academic excellence and service to society. The
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio has established
itself as a major research institution, and its faculty members play a
major role for the state, nation and world in the discovery of new knowledge
and the search for answers to societys health care needs.
Contact: Will Sansom
or Stacy Maloney, (210)431-4377