The Respiratory Care Early Acceptance Program (RCEAP) is a partnership between the University of Texas at San Antonio and UT Health San Antonio (UTHSA) that allows undergraduate students to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from UTSA and a Master of Science in Respiratory Care from UTHSA in five years instead of six. Students in the 3+2 program will spend three years at UTSA, majoring in either biology or kinesiology. After completing the program requirements at UTSA, students will then matriculate to the UTHSA School of Health Professions to complete a two-year curriculum there. The program prepares students for a career as respiratory therapists.
For UTSA students to apply and be admitted to the RCEAP, students must meet the eligibility factors listed below:
- Be a full-time UTSA student majoring in Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology or Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology (Kinesiology and Health Science Concentration);
- Have completed at least 12 semester credit hours (SCH) but no more than 60 SCH of coursework at UTSA in their program of study; and
- Have a minimum overall UTSA GPA ≥ 3.0 and a GPA ≥ 3.0 in all college science/math coursework (unless only one science or math course has been taken).
For students to maintain eligibility in the RCEAP, students must complete the first three years of the curriculum in either the BS in Biology program or the BS in Kinesiology (Kinesiology and Health Science Concentration) program, including the core curriculum requirements at UTSA with an overall GPA ≥ 3.0 and a cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0 in all science coursework.
Step 1: Submit an application between August 15 and April 1.
NOTE: Applications have to be submitted by students on or before the completion of 60 SCH at UTSA in the student's program of study.
Step 2: Applications and support materials will be reviewed by the RCEAP selection committee, which consists of faculty from UTHSA and UTSA. In addition to the academic criteria listed above, the following may be considered in selecting students for admission to the RCEAP.
- Work experience,
- Honors and awards,
- Extracurricular activities,
- Interest in health professions, and
- Community/volunteer service.
Step 3: Selected applicants will be invited to participate in an interview with members of the RCEAP selection committee. The purpose of the interview is to assess the student’s interpersonal and communication skills, motivation, knowledge about the health profession, maturity, character and personality. Interviews will be held in April.
Step 4: Applicants will be notified about the selection committee's decisions during the first week of May. Students that are accepted to the program must commit to the RCEAP by July 1 of the same year.
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