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Alamo Colleges' Library Information

St. Philip's College
• MLK Campus Library
• Southwest Campus Library

Why join the Health Professions Academy?

Powerful Training- The Health Professions Academy is a two-year program where students will complete 31 hours of nursing pre-requisites courses through San Antonio College (SAC) 

Scholarships- Alamo Colleges will collaborate with the Alamo College Foundation and employers to offer financial aid and scholarships for the courses students will take to complete the program after they graduate from high school

High pay- Associate degree Nurses average salary over $57,500/year

Choices- Students who enroll in the HPA and successfully complete the two-year program of studies will automatically be accepted into SAC’s AAS in Nursing program to complete the remaining 41 credit hours towards their AAS in Nursing 


Health Professions Academy Criteria


Students interested in attending the Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Academy program must meet the following admission requirements:

1. Junior class standing to include completion of all required courses toward high school graduation plan.

2. Completion of 13 credits by end of sophomore year and be at least 16 years old by start of fall class.

3. Completion of Academy Application with required signatures and forms.

4. Copy of current Academic Achievement Record (AAR)/Official High School Transcript with an official raised seal and one copy of the daily attendance report for the current school year.

5. Students must be passing all high school classes with a “C” or higher. Special emphasis will be placed on the following classes: Algebra I, Geometry, and English.

6. Complete Apply Texas Application on-line – Please call your coordinator for specific instructions. You will need to submit your Apply Texas ID number to the coordinator.  This will generate a   Banner ID that you will need to use as your ID number for your Accuplacer or THEA.

7. Complete all sections of Accuplacer or THEA: Reading, English (w/ Essay), and Math. Must meet all College Dual Credit and Program minimum placement test score requirements in Math, Reading, and English. Students must pass one section in Accuplacer or THEA to qualify for the Health Professions Academy.

Accuplacer Minimum Placement Scores  

Elementary Algebra: 70

Reading Comprehension: 78

Sentence Skills: 80

Arithmetic: 90


THEA Minimum Placement Scores  

Math: 230

Reading: 230

English: 220


  • There is a $29.00 fee for the exam. Student must provide a photo ID and social security number at the time of testing.  Please contact college testing centers directly to schedule testing and to get testing instructions.
  • There is a practice website at  that you can use to preview the THEA IBT or for Accuplacer.
  • You will receive a printout of Accuplacer or THEA test scores that you can submit to the Coordinator for your Academy program.
  • You may contact one of the following testing centers to schedule the THEA: 
St. Philip's College 210-486-2830
Southwest Campus 210-486-7281
Northwest Vista College 210-486-4346
Palo Alto College 210-486-3444
San Antonio College 210-486-0444
Northeast Lakeview College 210-486-5401
Center Texas Technology Center 210-431-7111


8. Consult with your high school counselor to determine eligibility to participate in the Alamo Academies and update your graduation plan. 

Health Profession Academy Curriculum

Vocational Nursing Certificate (LVN)   


Fall Semester 1st Year (2 courses / 7 credits)

BIOL 2401 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4-3-3)
Students study the structure and function of cells, tissues and body systems with emphasis on the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous systems including the special senses.

ENGL 1301 - Composition I (3-3-0)
A college composition course focusing on the principles of effective oral and written communication, critical reading, and the development of academic writing. Principles and techniques, which may include documentation, of written, expository, and persuasive composition; analysis of literary, expository, and/or persuasive texts; emphasis on critical thinking.

Spring Semester 1st Year (2 courses / 7 credits)

BIOL 2402 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4-3-3)
Students study the structure and function of the endocrine, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, genitourinary, and reproductive systems. Human growth, development and genetics are also included.

ENGL 1302 - Composition II (3-3-0)
A college composition course refining skills in academic writing, critical thinking, analysis of literature, and research and documentation. Principles and techniques of written, expository, and persuasive composition; analysis of literary, expository, and/or persuasive texts; emphasis on critical thinking.

First Year Total Program of Studies:  4 courses and 14 credits hours.

Fall Semester 2nd Year (3 courses / 10 credits)

CHEM 1405 - Introductory Chemistry I (4-3-3)
Introduction to elementary inorganic chemistry and is suitable for non-science majors and some students pursuing degrees in nursing. A laboratory is included that emphasizes inorganic chemistry.

PSYC 2301 - General Psychology (3-3-0)
Survey of major topics in psychology. Introduces the study of behavior and the factors that determine and affect behavior and mental processes.

PHIL 2306 - Introduction to Ethics (3-3-0)
Classical and contemporary theories concerning the good life, human conduct in society, and moral and ethical standards

Spring Semester 2nd Year (2 courses / 7 credits)

BIOL 2420 - Microbiology for Allied Health Majors (4-3-4)
This course includes a study of the microbiology and pathology vital to the paramedical health profession, upon which infectious diseases and their prevention and nursing care depend. Special emphasis is placed on disease etiology, epidemiology and host-parasite interactions.

PSYC 2314 - Lifespan Growth and Development (3-3-0)
Study of the relationship of the physical, emotional, social and mental factors of growth and development of the individual throughout the lifespan.

Second Year Total Program of Studies:  5 courses and 17 credits hours.

Two Year Program of Studies:  9 courses and 31 credits hours.


Did You Know?

"The Healthcare and Bioscience
 industry is the number 1 economic
generator and employees over 100,000
in San Antonio" 

(Source: The Chamber SA Facts, 
January 2005.)