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Acupuncture Degree Program Coming To University Of The Incarnate Word

UIW president Dr. Lou Agnese.

 San Antonio is getting a university program for students who want to learn Eastern medicine.

The University of the Incarnate Word is partnering with the Texas Health and Science University in Austin to create a degree program for acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine that starts in spring 2014 at UIW in San Antonio.

UIW President Dr. Lou Agnese said a Chinese medicine school is a natural fit for the university’s growing list of health education programs, including schools for nursing, pharmacy, optometry, and physical therapy.

"And for our physical therapy school -- physical therapy deals with deep muscle tissue and pain -- and traditional Chinese medicine, especially acupuncture, can really help with pain," Agnese said. "And so the combination of the two for our physical therapy students can really be a wonderful opportunity." 

Classes will be held at UIW’sSaidoff Center on the city’s Northwest Side.

Students will take the first two years of core classes at UIW, then continue for the third and fourth years of the acupuncture degree program at the Texas Health and Science University in Austin.