By Jennifer R. Lloyd / firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
SAN ANTONIO — St. Philip’s College administrators got approval from Alamo Colleges trustees on Tuesday to move forward with their plan to create a new two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in vision care, hoping to launch it in fall 2014.
College leaders must now submit the degree for approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
The degree, which would align with the University of the Incarnate Word’s optometry program, aims to prepare students to “adapt lenses and frames according to written optical prescriptions or specifications,” according to board documents. St. Philip’s would enroll 25 students in the program each fall and use UIW’s technical labs, according to documents.
Rose Spruill, St. Philip’s dean of health sciences, said she thinks the degree program would be the only one of its kind in South Texas.