Preparing for Your Program
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Research Financial Aid
Submit College/University Transcripts
Criminal Background Check
Research Your Housing Options
Buy Health Insurance
Request Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, if needed
1. Research Financial Aid
Contact the Office of Financial Aid directly with any financial-aid related questions. Their office number is 210-567-2635 or visit their website at http://students.uthscsa.edu/financialaid
2. Submit College/University Transcripts
If you have not already done so, send official transcripts from all institutions that you have attended:
Office of the Registrar (MSC 7702)
ATTN: Dental Admissions
7703 Floyd Curl Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78229
3. Get immunized
University policy mandates full immunization prior to registration. Contact the Student Health Center at 210-567-9355.
Need a blank student immunization record? Download our copy for your use.
Please send your completed student immunization records to the following address:
Student Health Center
School of Nursing, Room 1.422
7703 Floyd Curl Dr.
San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900
4. Criminal Background Check
A background check is required for all University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio students. You'll receive information on how to complete this step in April.
5. Research Your Housing Options
We do not have student housing on campus, but we can help you identify rental options and neighborhoods near campus. Our students rent homes, townhomes or apartments from the many available options located in the Medical Center area of San Antonio.
6. Buy Health Insurance
The UT System Board of Regents requires that you maintain a valid major medical insurance policy while you are a registered student at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. If you do not have your own policy, you will be automatically enrolled in a group plan selected by UT System. The premiums and rates vary by semester.
7. Request Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, if needed
Definitions for DISABILITY: A mental or physical impairment that substantially limits at least one major life activity of an individual, a record of such an impairment, or being regarded as having such an impairment. The term does not include:
- A current condition of addiction to the use of alcohol, a drug, an illegal substance, or a federally controlled substance; or
- A currently communicable disease or infection as defined in Section 81.003, Health and Safety Code, or required to be reported under Section 81.041, Health and Safety Code, that constitutes a direct threat to the health or safety of other persons or that makes the affected unable to perform the duties of the person's employment.
Qualified Individual With A Disability: A person with a disability who satisfies the requisite skill, experience, education and other job-related requirements of the employment position such individual holds or desires, and who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of such position.
Undue Hardship: An action that is excessively costly, extensive, substantial, or disruptive or that would fundamentally alter the nature or operation of the business.
In determining undue hardship, factors to be considered include the nature and cost of the accommodation in relation to the size, the financial resources, the nature and structure of the employer's operation, as well as the impact of the accommodation on the specific facility providing the accommodation.
The employee, student, fellow or resident requesting accommodation submits the appropriate request for accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employees submit Employee Request for Accommodation Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), form ADA-99, and students, fellows and residents submit Student/Resident Request for Accommodation Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), form ADA-100, with a copy of the current job description (if appropriate) to the Academic, Faculty and Student Ombudsperson & ADA Compliance Office and a copy to his/her immediate supervisor or if a student, fellow or resident the appropriate Associate Dean of their School and a copy to the ADA Coordinator.
The Academic, Faculty and Student Ombudsperson & ADA Compliance Office will determine if additional medical information is needed and will furnish the individual with any forms/questionnaires necessary for the health care provider to complete.
The Academic, Faculty and Student Ombudsperson & ADA Compliance Office will evaluate information to determine eligibility within the guidelines of the ADA and the ADAAA.
The Academic, Faculty and Student Ombudsperson & ADA Compliance Office will then coordinate with the necessary institutional staff and the individual to identify the essential functions of the job or the program of study and determine whether there is an effective, reasonable accommodation that will enable the employee, student, fellow, post-doc or resident to perform those essential functions (interactive process).
The Academic, Faculty and Student Ombudsperson & ADA Compliance Office will follow-up on the individual’s status/progress on annual basis, or earlier as need arises.
Reasonable accommodations under the ADA and ADAAA is an ongoing process. At any point in time, the individual receiving the reasonable accommodation may request a reevaluation of their request from the Academic, Faculty and Student Ombudsperson & ADA Compliance Office. At that point, the interactive process will be implemented in order to deal with any new requests and/or revisions to the initial requests.
All medical-related information shall be kept confidential and maintained separately from other personnel records. However, supervisors and managers may be advised of information necessary to make the determinations they are required to make in connection with a request for an accommodation. First aid and safety personnel may be informed, when appropriate, if the disability might require emergency treatment or if any specific procedures are needed in case of fire or other evacuations. Government officials investigating compliance with the ADA and the ADAAA may also be provided with relevant information as requested.