Another “first” was announced today by Dr. Louis J. Agnese, Jr., President of University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), and Lisa Ping-Hui Tsao Lin, President of Texas Health and Science University (THSU).  THSU is offering courses toward its Master of Science degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at UIW’s Saidoff Center campus where UIW’s Physical Therapy program is offered.  These will be the first acupuncture classes offered in San Antonio and represent collaboration between the two institutions to benefit UIW students preparing for degrees in physical therapy and other medical fields.

According to the signed memorandum of understanding, THSU will offer classes and clinical instruction at 9240 Guilbeau Road, San Antonio, Texas 78250.  Students may complete up to 45.6% of the didactic and clinical requirements for the Master’s degree at the San Antonio location and the balance of the curriculum at the main campus in Austin.I am really proud of our latest accomplishment.  We will offer the first acupuncture classes in San Antonio,” says Lisa Ping-Hui Tsao Lin, E.M.B.A., President and Chief Executive Officer.  President Lin continues, “Our administrative staff has worked hard to reach this new milestone in our strategic initiative to serve a new generation of students in the San Antonio area and to build upon our partnership of collaboration with UIW.”

Texas Health and Science University is a comprehensive, for-profit educational institution advised by a volunteer Board of Governors. The University was formerly the Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the first school of Acupuncture in the State of Texas, established in 1990. The Master’s program in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine has been accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) since 1996.  The school offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Traditional Chinese Medicine, which are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). It is the first institution in the nation to be awarded an initial grant of accreditation for the Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine by the 100-year-old ACICS. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, the University offers Dual Degree programs with Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, and has sister school relationships with eight institutions in Taiwan and China.

The University recently expanded its program offerings with the development of the College of Business Sciences, which offers the new Master of Business Administration degree and MBA in Healthcare Management programs.