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  Jul 19, 2024
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Student Support Services and Resources

Dr. Lanier E. Byrd Sanctuary - The Natural Sciences Tutoring Lab Counseling Services
Math World (Math Tutoring) Career and Transfer Services
Integrated Reading and Writing (INRW) Center Student Development
Military Support Services Testing Center
Rose R. Thomas Writing Center GED Preparatory Program
International Student Services Admission to Health Sciences
Student Onboarding & Recruitment  Admission to Vocational Nursing Program
Academic Advising Admission to the LVN/Military to ADN Mobility Nursing Program


 Dr. Lanier E. Byrd Sanctuary - The Natural Sciences Tutoring Lab

The Natural Sciences Tutoring Lab, affectionately named The Byrd Sanctuary, provides support to St. Philip’s College students to promote academic and personal growth in the Natural Sciences, as well as to develop an appreciation for learning and life-long success. 

“The Byrd” is a free-tutoring lab available to students to utilize throughout the entire academic year in order to succeed in their studies in the Natural Science Department and the various disciples that the department serves.  The Byrd delivers essential tutoring services to students in a motivational and stimulating environment in an effort to inspire the academic interest and success of the individual student in the Natural Sciences courses.  The Byrd is maintained by a dedicated staff of knowledgeable professionals with degrees in the various subject areas, is supported by the Faculty in the Natural Science department and offers peer tutoring services from current St. Philip’s students.  Additionally, The Byrd is well equipped with the materials and study resources that are essential for student success.
Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Summer Hours

Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Contact: Rosalie Herber 210-486-2806

Location: William C. Davis Science Building - Room 202

Math World (Math Tutoring)

MathWorld is the Math tutoring and learning assistance center operated by the Mathematics Department. 

The IS Team has over 250 years of combined teaching experience. With vastly different personalities, you will find the tutor that works best for you. With a little help from your tutor you can pass any Math course.

Summer hours

In-person and Remote Tutoring

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Fall/Spring Hours

Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Friday - Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

MathWorld is located in SCI 101.


Phone: 210-486-2893


Integrated Reading and Writing (INRW) Center

Need help with an assignment? We Are Here to HELP You!

The Integrated Reading and Writing (INRW) Center is a computer lab specifically designed to serve St. Philip’s College students enrolled in INRW 0420, 0201, and 0100 courses that combine reading and writing. The INRW Center is a place where students can work on essays, get one-on-one tutoring, do research, and attend workshops. The INRW Center is located in the Clarence Windzell Norris (CWN) Building, Room 413.

If students feel uneasy working with a computer, the INRW Center staff is happy and willing to assist students with basic computer skills, as well as with their English and reading assignments.

SPC INRW students enrolling for an on-campus reading-writing course are required to register for INRW lab.

Students must attend every week during their designated time.

The INRW Center Hours and Contact Information:



8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.



7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.


Cameron Aniol

Academic Program Specialist



Military Support Services

We know active military families have unique challenges when pursuing their higher education goals.  If you need assistance with military-related issues such as military deployments, PCS, TDY, ETS/transitioning military, college onboarding, transcripts, testing, residency classifications, tuition rates, degree plans (ETP), military Tuition Assistance (TA) programs (ArmyIgnitED, AFVEC, Navy College), military spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) program, or if you simply don’t know whom to ask or where to go for help, our military Support Services team is here for you.  Our team works in Education Centers on Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Randolph and Fort Sam Houston to service you.  Visit our webpage at for more inormation or call 210-486-2001 or email for assistance.

Rose R. Thomas Writing Center

The Rose R. Thomas Writing Center provides an easy going, low-stress, teaching environment, so you can feel at ease.

The Writing Center staff will happily help you with complex writing assignments,in any class or tasks that require specific writing and grammar skills. The Writing staff is dedicated to improving your writing effectiveness and presentation.  The Writing Center is also home of Tiger PAWS, SPC’s award-winning literary journal, and the STREAM Lecture Series.  The Rose R. Thomas Writing Center is located in the Clarence Windzell Norris (CWN) Building, Room 317.

The Writing Center Hours and Contact Information:


Monday - Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

San Juan San Miguel

Academic Program Coordinator
Clarence Windzell Norris, Room 317

International Student Services 

The Coordinator of International Student Services is the first point of contact for prospective international students who seek information regarding admission to the college. The ISS Certified Advisors serve as a liaison between the college and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).

Additional functions of the Coordinator are to (1) issue the Form I-20, (2) establish and maintain files for each student, (3) provide counseling and guidance for international students, (4) keep students informed regarding the rules and regulations for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and St. Philip’s College, (5) serve as a point of contact for all departments on campus for all matters relative to international students, (6) provide services required by this special population of students, such as verification of enrollment to home country, confirm authenticity of documents submitted, granting clearance for registration, etc.

International students must enroll full-time (12 semester hours or more) every Fall and Spring semester. Students whose government sponsor does not provide medical insurance must pay for and provide proof of medical insurance coverage every semester (Alamo Colleges District Board policy). The deadline to submit the I-20 application and supporting documents (foreign transcript evaluation, verification of financial resources, TOEFL, IELTS exam scores, etc.) are as follows:

New International Students (students applying from outside of the U.S.):

Deadline for fall semester (August): May 15
Deadline for spring semester (January): October 15

Transfer International Students (students currently in the U.S. attending another college/university):

Deadline for fall semester (August): July 1
Deadline for spring semester (January): December 1

For additional information, please visit our website:


Student Onboarding & Recruitment 

At St. Philip’s College affordable, convenient, and flexible classes allow you to succeed.

Your educational goals begin at St. Philip’s College! The Office of Student Recruitment invites you to explore the possibilities at St. Philip’s College.

Whether you are a recent high school graduate, transfer student, or someone who is seeking technical training, St. Philip’s College has a degree or certificate that is just right for you. Experience first-hand why St. Philip’s College is “A Point of Pride in the Community!”

Our friendly recruitment staff is eager to assist you. Let us answer your questions and help you enroll.

For more information visit our web site at


Academic Advising 

St. Philip’s College subscribes to a progressive advising model, which is a system of shared responsibility between students, faculty, and academic advisors. The goal of academic advising is to assist students in developing educational and career plans, provide opportunities for refining academic and life skills,  provide accurate information about academic progression and degree requirements, assist in understanding academic policies and procedures, access campus resources to promote academic success, and enhance retention and success through developing personal interactions with faculty and staff. 

Academic advising helps students become ready to succeed in the workplace, be prepared for lifelong learning, become productive members of society and have a strong desire to continue to strive for higher education. Academic advisors are committed to providing quality of service, support, and encouragement to the college student body, while building a foundation of trust within the student-advisor relationship.
For more information, speak to an Academic Advisor in person in the Welcome Center. Students may also visit our Southwest Campus located in Building 1, Room B172, to receive advising.


Counseling Services

Counseling Services supports students by discussing personal, social, educational and psychological concerns. Counseling Services seeks to enhance the college community by offering outreach services, classroom visits, workshops and consultation with faculty, staff and administration.

Services and Programming

Counseling Services are provided by appointment. Contact Counseling Services to schedule an appointment: . Services provided to students include:

A.   Short-term personal counseling (individual, group and tele-mental health via video and phone)  
B.   Crisis intervention to assist students in acute personal crisis
C.   Community resource referrals

D.   Classroom presentations


The Counseling Services is located in the Sutton Learning Center, Suite 102 (MLK Campus),and in Industrial Technology Center, Building 1, Room  A-135 (SW Campus).  Students may call (210) 486-1111 for appointments and information.


Career and Transfer Services

Certified Advisors provide resources, guidance, and assistance with career and transfer services to current students and graduates. We can provide assistance in choosing a career and college major, assistance with finding both full and or part time employment, help in developing a resume and assistance in locating an internship or practicum site.  We offer group and individual sessions on interviewing techniques, dress for success and general labor market information. Job notices are posted regularly and employers are often on campus recruiting students for both full and part time positions.

Certified Advisors also assist students who are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university with information on admission, selectivity of specific colleges, financial aid, on and off-campus housing, college costs, and when and where one can apply.  We can provide students with information on course substitution requests, and Transfer Advising Guides. 

While attending St. Philip’s College, a student may follow a degree plan designated by a specific university (also known as a Transfer Advising Guide). Transfer Advising Guides (TAGs) list the courses that will apply towards a specific major at a specific university. Once the student completes all of the courses on the degree plan (with a minimum of 60 credit hours), he/she may be eligible for an associate degree.

The overall goal of the Certified Advisor is to assist the students in reaching their long-range educational and vocational goals and aid students in making their transfer experience a seamless process.

For more information, speak to a Certified Academic Advisor in person in the Welcome Center. Students may also visit our Southwest Campus located in Building 1, Room B172, to receive career and transfer advising.


Student Development

Look to build an appreciation for lifelong learning. Find your way to success through practical decision-making, personal and career growth and academic achievement. Our programs will supply you with the tools to help you accomplish all of this and more!

For more information visit our web site at


Testing Center

The Testing Center provides a broad range of testing services to meet the needs of its diverse student population: college placement, GED test, exam, correspondence exams, and proctoring services. The Testing Center staff in collaboration with the Disability Services Office offers accommodation testing for students with documented disabilities. Please contact the Disability Services for more information regarding documentation requirements, at 210-486-2199.

The Testing Center offers the following exams:

  1. TSI Assessment (effective 8/26/2013)
  2. General Education Development Test (GED-CBT)
  3. Distance Correspondence Exam
  4. Proctored Exam
  5. College-Level Examination Program

Procedure for Placement Exam: Individuals desiring to take a placement exam should complete a college application, submit transcript(s), and complete the AlamoENROLL modules. After which the candidate may schedule the exam via the website,   Please note that each testing candidate must present at least one valid photo identification to take any exam in the Testing Center.

Testing Center staff monitor compliance according to the Texas Success Initiative (TAC 4.55), interpret placement scores/transcripts, and act as liaison among Onboarding Services, Admission and Residency Services, Advising, Records and Registration, and the Developmental Education Program. Testing facilities are located at MLK, second floor of the Welcome Center 207B and SWC, building 1, office B172.


GED Preparatory Program

In this challenging economy, many people interested in taking and passing the General Education Development (GED) examination would like to continue with their education by enrolling in college classes. The SPC GED College Prep classes are designed specifically for those students who would like to pass the test and become better prepared for college entrance as well.

Classes are offered in reading, mathematics, and writing.  Each class requires a minimum of six classroom hours each week for eight weeks. During class, students will work hard to make academic progress while also receiving instruction and guidance in study skills. Instructors do not act as tutors but rather lecture and guide students through the material; regular homework, quizzes, and tests are part of this experience. Class attendance and participation are essential.

For more information on this program, please call (210) 486-2087, or visit 

GED Testing Program

The GED tests give you the opportunity to earn a certificate of high school equivalency. You must score a minimum total score of 580 with no individual test score less than 145 on all 4 exams to receive a Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency.

GED Candidates must sign-up at to schedule the GED test or through the Pearson Vue call center at 1-877-EXAM-GED (1-877-392-6433). The cost for the GED-CBT is $145 for the entire test, and $36.25 for each section payment is due upon registration. For additional information please visit our GED website


Admission to Health Sciences

A student enrolling in Health Professions is required to submit an application form to the respective department. Placement tests are required. An interested person should contact the Department of Health Professions or Nursing Education department at least six (6) months prior to enrolling to obtain application information. Several Health Science programs have college-level prerequisite course requirements that must be completed prior to admission to the programs.


Admission to Vocational Nursing Program

Admission Requirements / Application Process

The requirements for admission into the St. Philip’s College Vocational Nursing Program are in accordance with the Alamo Colleges admission policies, admission policies of the Vocational Nursing program and policies specified by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).

  1. Complete and submit your admission application to Alamo Colleges: . Click on the appropriate type of student you will be. You will then receive a series of e-mails with directions on how to log-in to your Alamo Colleges Education Services (ACES) account to view the “Start Here” Tab for next steps and required GO FAARR and TEST PREP modules if requested. 
    The St. Philip’s College school code is 003608.
    An active application is required to move forward with the application process for the nursing program.
    The apply Texas application is for admission to the college, not for admission to the nursing program. You will have to complete a separate application for the nursing program.
  2. After you complete the GO FAARR and TEST PREP modules, you will be eligible to take a college placement exam.
  3. All applicants must be pretested (Board of Nursing Rule 214.8-c4). No exceptions to pretest requirements will be granted to applicants with previous college credit or college degrees.
  4. After you complete the college placement test(TSI), printout showing proof of TSI College Ready from your ACES account click on GPS. If your placement test scores meet, or exceed, the requirements in appendix A on pages 8-9, you may then pick up an application for the Vocational Nursing Program. The application must be downloaded, print and mailed to:

               Vocational Nursing Program

               Center for Health Professions, Room 100

               1801 Martin Luther King DR.

               San Antonio, TX 78203

  1. Complete the application packet. Completed application packet must be mailed in to the St. Philip’s College Nursing Education Department. The application will be reviewed for accuracy and completeness. Applicants requesting admission consideration into the New Braunfels extension campus must be downloaded, print and mailed to:          

              Vocational Nursing Program

              Center for Health Professions, Room 100

              1801 Martin Luther King DR.

              San Antonio, TX 78203

  1. Applicants who do not meet admission requirements based on low test scores will be required to meet with an academic advisor to discuss taking developmental courses such as English, Reading, and/or Math; or to discuss remediation and retesting prior to applying for admission into the nursing program. Applicants with prior college coursework and/or degrees will need to speak with the academic advisor to review transcripts and to discuss options regarding applications to the nursing program.
  2. Applicants must have a High School diploma or GED (must show official transcript) and be 18 years of age or older upon completion of the program. Individuals who have completed High School requirements in a foreign country must submit an official High School Transcript translated in English. For information regarding foreign transcript evaluation, contact the International Student Services Office at (210) 486-2876.
  3. Applicants must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA, or the equivalent of a cumulative “C” average, in all college course work and/or high school.
  4. The following assessment tests will be accepted: ACT, SAT, TSI Assessment,Accuplacer, THEA, orCompass. Scores must be current (within 5 years). All scores must be from one test. Combination scores will not be accepted.
  5. *Note: St. Philip’s College only administers the TSI assessment. The Accuplacer test is only administered to those applicants who are already TSI compliant.
  6. Submit complete vocational nursing program application with required documents. See application process below. 
  7. A student enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program MUST be able to meet the following standards:
    a. Use the senses of vision, hearing, speech and touch. Use of the senses enhances the nurse’s abilities to
        accurately observe the patient.
    b. Perform psychomotor movements that require coordination of gross and fine muscle movements and
        equilibrium. Good coordination is necessary for patient safety.
    c. Communicate orally and in writing as well as demonstrate behavior that indicates sensitivity to others.
        Nurses are required to function in highly compassionate areas where integrity, interpersonal skills and
        concern for others are all desirable personal qualities.
    d. Demonstrate stable emotional health and intellectual activities required to exercise sound judgment. The
        applicant must be flexible and able to adapt to change and stress.
    e. Demonstrate adequate decision-making and critical thinking skills.
    f. Demonstrate physical health necessary to perform strenuous activities related to patient care which
        includes moving and lifting (must be able to lift or move MORE than 50 pounds), standing, stooping,

    bending, and walking for prolonged periods of time.   
g. Provide nursing care to patients with all types of health problems, including communicable diseases such
    as tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.

  1. The following items must be submitted, along with the completed application, to the Vocational Nursing Program:
  1. Entrance Test Scores
  2. Transcripts:
    Submit 2 copies of official transcripts, including high school and college (if applicable). One copy of official transcript should be submitted to the Admissions Office (Records & Registration) and one official copy submitted with nursing program application. If college transcript indicates name of High School attended and graduation date, we do not have to have an official High School transcript. You MUST be a High School graduate or have GED Certificate with GED scores. Unofficial transcript is acceptable for courses taken at Alamo Colleges. 
  3. Physical Examination Form (with business card of clinic performing the exam)
    A Physical examination by a licensed Physician, Physician’s Assistant or Nurse Practitioner must be submitted. The form is in the application packet.
  4. Immunization Record: Must include documentation of all required immunizations:

·   Tetanus (within 10 years),

·   MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) - 2 doses

·   Varicella (chickenpox) - 2 doses or documented evidence of disease

·   Hepatitis B - series of 3 vaccines-COMPLETED

·   Hepatitis A - series of 2 vaccines

·   Meningococcal (meningitis) - required for students under age 22

·   Tuberculosis Skin Test (PPD) with negative result (within 1 year)
If history of positive PPD, Chest X-ray report confirming no active case of tuberculosis (within 2 years) will be required along with TB health questionnaire from healthcare provider

·   Serum titers confirming immunity are accepted for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, MMR and Varicella

·   Seasonal vaccines are required by some clinical sites. You are encouraged to get immunized for Influenza during the flu season BY October 1 of each year; however, you may have the option of not participating. Understand that if the facility allows, you may don an appropriate, and approved, mask during clinical rotations should you choose not to get immunized with the seasonal flu vaccine.

  1. CPR Card: Proof of current CPR certification in Basic Life Support for BLS Provider (CPR & AED) 
    American Heart Association (Health Care Provider Course) or
    American Red Cross (Professional Rescuer Course)
    Internet CPR courses are NOT accepted.
  2. Health Insurance: Must show proof of health insurance for illness and injury and remain insured throughout the duration of enrollment in the Vocational Nursing Program. Health insurance may be purchased through Alamo Colleges.
  3. Reference Forms: Three (3) references from current or past employers, supervisors, counselors, teachers (references from family and friends will not be accepted). Reference forms are included in the application packet.
  4. Essay: 200 word essay on why you want to become a nurse, why you chose St. Philip’s College and what will contribute to your success in completing the nursing program. The essay must be typed, 12 font - Times New Roman.
  5. Photo ID (current driver license or passport)
  6. Social Security Card
  7. Proof of Drug Screen (instructions for drug screen process will be given to applicants who receive a conditional letter of acceptance emailed to your student email account). Applicants with a positive drug screen will not be admitted to the Vocational Nursing Program.
  1. Criminal Background Check: All applicants must pass a criminal background check completed by the Texas Board of Nursing before acceptance into the Vocational Nursing Program. Individuals who do not have a clear criminal background check must complete the Declaratory Order process with the Board of Nursing. The Declaratory Order Process permits the Board of Nursing to make decisions regarding an applicant’s eligibility for licensure prior to entering or completing a nursing program. The process typically takes a minimum of 2 months, but could take 6 months or longer.
    Texas Board of Nursing Contact Information:
    (512) 305-7400
  2. Individuals notified of acceptance into the Vocational Nursing Program must respond by the deadline date identified in the notification letter. Applicants who decline admission may re-apply at a later date and must meet all current program requirements at that time.
  3. Applications and documents submitted by applicants not accepted for admission or submitted by applicants that decline admission will be destroyed after thirty (30) days unless applicant notifies the Nursing Education Department that he/she wishes to pick up the application and documents.
  4. The admissions committee reviews all applications and conditional acceptance letters from the Program Director are emailed to the student email account approximately 4 weeks after the application deadlines.


Although not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the following courses prior to admission, especially if the applicant plans to enroll in an RN program after completion of the VN program.

  • BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II
  • BIOL 1322 Nutrition
  • BIOL 1323 Nutrition
  • FDNS 1305
  • PSYC 2314 Developmental Psychology across the Lifespan
  • HITT 1305 Medical Terminology


Admission to the LVN/Military to ADN Mobility Nursing Program

Admission Criteria

The applicant must be admitted to St. Philip’s College prior to being accepted into the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Mobility Program.Please refer to the current college catalog for the general admission criteria. The LVN to ADN Mobility Program is subject to the Texas Success Initiative (TSI). Call the Office of Advising and Assessment for current information regarding TSI at 210-486-2262. 

Minimum Requirements for Application to the St. Philip’s College LVN/Military to ADN Mobility Program

The applicant desiring admission to the LVN/Military to ADN Mobility Nursing Program must:

  1. Individuals need to be 18 years or older to apply for the LVN/Military to ADN Mobility Nursing Program
  2. Hold a current license to practice vocational nursing in the State of Texas or must have LVN equivalent training as Army Combat Medics, Navy Corpsmen, or Air Force Medics within the last 10 years. Please see program director to determine eligibility if military applicant.
  3. LVN applicants will need to provide current evidence of clear standing from the Texas Board of Nursing. License numbers will not be required for the process.
  4. Previous work experience in health care, including mandatory one-year LVN work experience (part time or full time) within the last five years.
  5. Submit an official transcript from an accredited Vocational Nursing program.
  6. Submit official transcripts for all colleges attended. 
  7. Applicants must have minimum cumulative GPA of  (this is not rounded). 
  8. Complete all of the required prerequisite courses with a grade of “C”or above.

Application Process

The applicant desiring admission to the LVN to ADN Mobility Program must:


Program Information

  1. The St. Philip’s College LVN/Military to ADN Mobility Program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to Award the Associate degree in Nursing. 
  2. The LVN/Military to A.D.N. Mobility Program at St. Philip’s College is a one-year program consisting of three consecutive semesters utilizing online, face to face and lab/clinical experiences to meet the educational requirements for the students to become Registered Nurses. Admission to the LVN/Military to A.D.N. Mobility Program is held twice an academic year, with admitted students to begin studies in the Spring or Fall semesters.
  3. All prerequisites must be completed prior to application to the Nursing program.
  4. Uniforms and necessary accessories must be purchased upon admission to the program.
  5. Applicants selected for admission must have current immunizations. Refer to the admission packet for full details on required immunizations.
  6. A grade of “C” (77%) or greater must be earned in all nursing courses to progress in or graduate from the nursing program.