Public Notification of Application for Candidacy
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

This is to notify interested parties that Texas Health and Science University is applying for Candidacy for Accreditation with Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and is hosting an evaluation site visit. The site visit will be held on October 18-20, 2021 at the Texas Health and Science University’s Austin and San Antonio campuses. Northwest Commission granted eligibility to Texas Health and Science University eligibility to apply for candidacy on February 12, 2021.
The public is invited to send comments directly to the Commission no later than September 18, 2021 at the following address:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 200
Redmond, WA 98052

THSU is committed to the health and safety of the university community; therefore, all masks and cloth coverings are still required.

While on campus students, faculty, and staff are required to adhere to the following protocols in efforts to maintain a safe and healthy campus

  • Wearing Masks or cloth face coverings – while in class, and in public common areas, community members will be required to wear a cloth face
  • Physical Distancing – while wearing a mask, maintain six feet between you and others when possible;
  • Gatherings –avoid social gatherings involving large groups of people;
  • Hand Washing or Sanitizing – frequently throughout the day;

Our protocols will be updated from time to time based on evolving guidance and directives from the State of Texas and the CDC. We will notify you of these updates and will post them on our website.

International and U.S. Students! On campus and online classes for Summer 2021

THSU Austin Campus administrative office is open with full staff during normal business hours (Mon-Fri 8:30 am to 5:30 pm). Visitors & students may enter wearing face mask in limited numbers while keeping proper social distance.

Spring trimester has begun as scheduled. All classes can be taken online or in person.

September 1, 2021

Dear THSU Students, Faculty and Staff:


Welcome to the new school year at Texas Health and Science University. I want to thank you for your hard work during the ongoing pandemic. It is my sincere hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe during these difficult times.  


The pandemic has proven to be one of the greatest challenges ever faced by higher education. It has required academic institutions like ours to quickly develop, adapt and pivot to new ways of teaching and learning in order meet the educational needs of our students while adhering to safety protocols aimed at protecting our communities.


Out of necessity, we launched online classes very quickly when the pandemic began last year. In the interim, we learned that online instruction requires new skills, abilities and most of all, patience, from both faculty and students. Equally important is the need for excellent communication skills necessitated by being physically separated from each other. I ask you to continue to be patient with yourselves and others.


You have my assurance that THSU is committed to improving our methods through training and collaboration in order to continually deliver the best possible education. We want everybody to be successful – students, graduates, faculty and staff. So please feel free to let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We will do our best to promptly respond to you.


Allow me to take this opportunity to alert you to a couple of items. First, the fall trimester begins on September 7. It will again feature online instruction. Also, you will be pleased to know that the student clinics are open.


It’s our goal to resume in-person classes at the beginning of the spring trimester on January 4, 2022. However, whether we continue with online classes in the spring or return to in-person teaching, the ultimate decision will be determined by guidance from our governmental regulators. We will keep you posted as events unfold during the fall.


This is a time to live courageously while also staying safe. If you haven’t done so, I encourage you to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The free vaccines, which are readily available at many locations, are a highly effective way to combat this deadly virus that has taken so many lives around the world. There’s now greater urgency to be vaccinated due to the rise of the even deadlier and more contagious Delta variant.


In the meantime, please let us know how you’re doing. And keep up the good work!


Best wishes,  

Dr. Louis J. Agnese Jr.




THSU Community Safety Plan

This plan will be continually updated based on developing news to ensure the safety of everyone in the THSU community. 

Dr. Jessie Villegas is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of Texas and is nationally certified as a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine by the NCCAOM. She earned her Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree at Texas Health and Science University in San Antonio, Texas and has received her doctorate at Pacific College of Health and Science. Ms. Villegas’s rich Mexican heritage, holistic health and herbal remedies have always been a part of her life. Throughout the years Jessie has worked as a wellness coach, group exercise instructor, and personal trainer.  “My goal as a practitioner is to not only treat the patient’s ailment but to educate them on sensing imbalances before they become problematic.  This enables health to synergistically flow through all aspects of life.”


Currently studying in THSU’s Doctor’s program and focusing on expending her successful practice 360 Jasmine Acupuncture Clinic in north Austin TX. Jasmine transferred to THSU from another acupuncture school in Austin TX. “The instructors at THSU were amazing. Teachers like Dr. Lee, Dr. Tan, and Dr. Cao provided us a very solid foundation of TCM education. At the student intern clinic, they allowed us the freedom to treat patients our own way while guiding us with practical advice. I discovered my specialization during this time, which is pain management. Other classmates focused on facial rejuvenation or weight loss…etc.” “My old classmates who graduated from other schools that emphasized more on western medicine found themselves not knowing how to treat patients and had to take extra workshops & seminars…I made the right choice to come to THSU.”  

U.S. pilot. Retired Coastguard officer. Lance’s journey to become the first acupuncturist in the South Texas VA System was one of divine intervention.

After a helicopter crash, Lance was recommended by a neighbor to seek acupuncture treatment. “Not only it healed the physical pain, my anxiety from the crash and allergies all went away as well. I started to encourage other veterans to do the same and saw over and over again the positive effects on everyone.”

A doctor at the VA introduced Lance to THSU. “I looked up the school’s website and realized the holistic approach of TCM is much more than just acupuncture. I interviewed the students at THSU and saw their joy of helping patients”

Driven by his desire to help veterans who are unaware of the benefits of acupuncture, Lance decided to become a practitioner himself.

With 3 kids and an amazing wife that supported him through his studies at THSU, Lance got his license to practice acupuncture within 2 months of graduation. He immediately opened his own clinic in and was soon hired by the VA in South Texas as their first acupuncturist.

“It all happened so fast and simultaneously. I always advise my fellow THSU students to keep doing volunteer work. It opens a lot of doors.”

“The education at THSU prepared me to be a leader in our healthcare system’s continuous transformation from dis-ease based to wellness based. I now understand the beauty of how our bodies work”

Lance is now healing veterans at the VA and treating civilians at his clinic in San Antonio.

Congrats to Kelly on passing her board exam and on her way to get her acupuncture license!

Kelly had a BS in Psychology and wanted to focus her studies on mental health. Seeing an acupuncturist for her own anxiety issues got her curious about TCM and propelled her journey of going to an Acupuncture school.

“I’ve always been into holistic healing and I decided focus on TCM because I loved the eastern way of diagnosing and viewing the body.”

“I’m so excited to get my license and become a healer like I’ve always dreamed. I’m starting my own private practice at a co-op space with other alternative medicine practitioners!

Originally from Mexico, Roberto had a BS degree in Psychology and owned 2 businesses in San Antonio with his wife, watch/jewelry repair and teaching martial arts.

When obtaining his 1st black belt, Roberto hurt his back and couldn’t sleep laying down for days.

“My martial arts master told me to see an acupuncturist, I was skeptical, but did it anyway. After 4 treatments my back was completely healed. I started looking into eastern medicine and decided this is what I wanted to do”

While managing 2 businesses with his wife and raising 2 kids, Roberto drove to Austin everyday from San Antonio to take classes.

“I would wake up at 6am and drive to Austin, then start driving back at 4pm, then run my businesses until 2am.”

After graduating from THSU, Roberto started a successful TCM clinic in San Antonio. 8 years later he became the first faculty at THSU’s new San Antonio campus.

He is now happily teaching at THSU & running his TCM clinic with his wife.

Graduated from THSU in 2017, Jennifer has been practicing TCM in Austin at Luna Acupuncture & Apothecary for over 2 years.

With a degree in graphic design and looking for a change in her life when moved to Austin from Las Vegas, Jennifer was introduced to our school by a THSU alumni.

“I had chronic health issues and saw an acupuncturist in Vegas. He prescribed some herbs for me and I’ve been free of the pain ever since. I came to THSU wanted to get into herbalism and also to learn acupuncture and TCM, the whole eastern way of healing.”

“THSU professors’ insights during clinical training empowered us and helped us figuring out how to treat patients on our own. Dr. Lee, Dr. Tan, Dr. Cao, and Dr. Zheng were all amazing. Most of us passed our board exams before we graduated.”

Jennifer started her private practice 6 months after graduation.