College Station, Texas – The Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Austin Community College of Austin, Texas have signed an agreement to facilitate the admission and academic transfer of students from Austin Community College into the Biomedical Science Program at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
As ACC students progress successfully toward the completion of the Associate of Science degree, this agreement will ensure the seamless transition of students into the Biomedical Science program according to the following academic provisions and conditions. Austin Community College students must meet all the standard admissions requirements and maintain a 3.60 grade point average in courses taken at ACC, have completed 66 hours in a designated degree plan, and not earned below a “B” in their math and science courses.
“Partnerships in education are one key to providing opportunities for our high achieving students,” said Dr. H. Richard Adams, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University. “The College of Veterinary Medicine is pleased to join Austin Community College in offering this opportunity to students in the Austin area.”
Biomedical Science is the largest major on the Texas A&M University campus, with approximately two thousand students enrolled in the program. Most students pursuing this degree are preparing for a career in the allied health field, which includes such professions as medicine, optometry, veterinary medicine, nursing, ophthalmology, and dentistry.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students who wish to pursue a four-year degree in biomedical science,” said Donetta Goodall, ACC’s Associate Vice President of Academic Programs. “This agreement guarantees that if students meet the criteria, their ACC credits will transfer and they will be admitted to the program.”
ACC is one of ten community colleges in Texas to be selected to participate in this opportunity. The agreement will take effect Spring 2002, which means that any student who meets the requirements this spring will be guaranteed admission to the BIMS program in the summer or fall. ACC also has a similar agreement with Texas A&M University’s College of Engineering.