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Health & Medicine Profile

Founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), located in San Antonio, Texas, is a private liberal arts university with a tradition of educating diverse populations. 

UIW is the largest Catholic university and the fourth-largest private university in Texas. Nearly 90 degrees are offered to the almost 11,000 students at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels through the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions, the Feik School of Pharmacy, the Rosenberg School of Optometry, and the School of Physical Therapy.

UIW students enjoy small classes and a close network of family-like relationships. A leader in international education with 140 “sister schools” in 44 countries, UIW gives students the opportunity to study abroad and earn credit toward their degree.

UIW offers direct-admit programs for highly qualified first-time freshman students, including a direct-admit nursing program, a 3+4 Bachelor of Vision Science/Doctor of Optometry Program, and an Early Assurance Pharmacy Program.

School of Nursing and Health Professions
For over a century, UIW has been a leader in nursing excellence and student-centered education. Our faculty are skilled practitioners respected in the community for their teaching, research, and service. As lifelong learners, our graduates are prepared to deliver health care for increasingly diverse populations and for leadership in the changing health care environment.

Degrees in this school include athletic training, kinesiology, nuclear medicine, nursing, physical therapy, and rehabilitative science. The nuclear medicine program is the only baccalaureate program in Texas. UIW’s new Community Health program offers students the opportunity to become certified Community Health Education Specialists.
School of Pharmacy
The Feik School of Pharmacy (FSOP) is committed to changing the face of pharmacy in Texas. Established in 2006, the FSOP is the only private school of pharmacy in the state. Students earn professional doctoral degrees with an option to follow a Spanish-language track, giving them an advantage in today’s marketplace. The pre-pharmacy curriculum is a rigorous two-year preparatory program designed to prepare students to pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.).

School of Optometry
Undergraduate students interested in the science of vision, a biomedical graduate research career, or a career as an ophthalmic-related specialist can enroll in UIW’s pre-optometry track or vision science program. The B.S. in Vision Science also provides students with an opportunity to satisfy entry requirements for the Rosenberg School of Optometry, which also offers an opportunity to pursue a Spanish certificate. The UIWRSO is the only faith-based school of optometry in the United States.

School of Physical Therapy
UIW officially opened the School of Physical Therapy in August 2012 and graduated its first class in May 2015. UIW has a partnership with CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System Rehabilitation Services to offer outpatient services to the public. It is a one-of-a-kind clinic designed to incorporate high-quality patient care with top-tier teaching and research provided by UIW. The clinic allows the blending of direct patient care delivery with real-time student learning.

Student life
UIW’s campus life gives students the opportunity to make new friends and embrace new experiences. There are many options to choose from, including academic, social, and professional organizations. From Greek life, service clubs, and spirit groups to intramurals and NCAA Division I athletics, there is always something fun to do at UIW.

Construction recently began on the new $25 million Student Engagement Center. The state-of-the-art facility will feature administrative offices, new cafeteria and restaurant dining options, an 800-seat ballroom, comfortable and fun student hangout areas, and multipurpose rooms for special activities.

UIW’s 154-acre campus is located near downtown San Antonio in the picturesque Alamo Heights area. San Antonio is a culturally diverse city with many attractions. In addition to the ideal campus location, committed professors, amazing international opportunities, and state-of-the-art facilities, the University of the Incarnate Word is a leader in developing students prepared to take on the world. At UIW The Universe is Yours.