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Student Learning Outcomes Statements

Educational programs at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Health Professions, School of Medicine, and School of Nursing have student learning outcomes statements which express the knowledge, skills, and competencies students are expected to learn while at UTMB. These outcomes or objectives are a part of each program's assessment plan and are contained in the program's Detailed Assessment Report in WEAVEonline®.

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology MS & PhD
Students will obtain a solid foundation in the fundamental core knowledge essential for understanding and performing state-of-the-art research in Biomedical Science.
Students will demonstrate independent research performance.
Students will prepare, submit and defend a research dissertation.
Cell Biology MS & PhD
Students will obtain a solid foundation in the Basic Biomedical Sciences core curriculum and electives as well as in research techniques.
Students will contribute to the body of knowledge in Cell Biology by advancing to Ph.D. candidacy no later than the beginning of Term III.
Students will demonstrate independent research performance.
Prepare, submit, and defend a research dissertation and/or publication in a peer review by the end of years 4-5.
Graduates become employed in related fields.
Clinical Science MS & PhD
Students will demonstrate knowledge in both general and discipline-specific areas of clinical science, including all core domains: biostatistics, epidemiology, research design, execution, population health and ethics. **Relates to Program Level Mission: To prepare trainees to become scholarly and productive contributors to our knowledge of human health and disease through clinical and translational research.
Students will contribute to the body of knowledge in Clinical Science by advancing to Ph.D. candidacy no later than the end of Year 3 studies. **Relates to Program Level Mission: To prepare trainees to become scholarly and productive contributors to our knowledge of human health and disease through clinical and translational research.
Student will demonstrate independent research performance.
Prepare, submit and defend a research disseration by the end of Year 5.
Graduates will become employed in related fields or pursue further education. **Relates to Program Level Mission: Graduates will pursue careers in clinical science within academia, government or industry.
Experimental Pathology MS & PhD
Students will demonstrate understanding of the BBSC course work, program-specific course work, general science and critical thinking, the basis of research methods and, demonstrate aptitude for research.
Students will contribute to the body of knowledge in experimental pathology and demonstrate preparedness to conduct independent research.
Prepare, submit and defend a research dissertation.
Medical Humanities MS & PhD
Students will demonstrate broad, in-depth knowledge of a major and minor area of specialization; humanism; and an area of special interest within the MEHU graduate program.
Students will demonstrate their ability to conduct independent research.
Full-time students will advance to Ph.D. candidacy no later than the end of Year 3.
Students will demonstrate steady progress on dissertation research and writing.
Students will successfully defend dissertation within 4-5 years of having been admitted to Ph.D. candidacy.
Master of Medical Science Research MMS
Students will demonstrate independent research performance.
Student will defend research thesis. The oral defense includes the areas of
  • Presentation and Organization;
  • Scientific merit and impact; and
  • Communication. The defense of the manuscript includes the areas of written and approach.
  • Microbiology & Immunology MS & PhD
    Students will obtain a solid foundation in core coursework and electives. Core courses are General Virology, Advanced Immunology and Pathogenic Bacteriology.
    Research: Students will perform independent research, introducing techniques and philosophy in scientific and suitable scientific field.
    Prepare, submit, and defend a research dissertation in a peer review by the end of years 4- 5.
    Graduates will become teachers and/or researchers in academic institutions, industry, biotechnology, or government.
    Neuroscience MS & PhD
    Students will demonstrate knowledge of structure and function of the nervous system at cellular, molecular, and systems levels, and obtain critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
    Students will contribute to the body of knowledge in neuroscience and demonstrate preparedness to conduct independent research by preparing a dissertation proposal and advancing to PhD candidacy no later than the beginning of Term III of their second year in the program.
    Students will demonstrate independent research performance.
    Prepare, submit, and defend a research dissertation and/or peer-reviewed publications by the end of years 4-6.
    Students have "job offers" upon graduation, including postdoctoral research positions, further education (such as medical school or residencies for MD-PhD students), teaching positions, and industry careers.
    Nursing Science PhD
    Students will obtain a solid foundation in literature review and sythensis, develop mid-range theories and critically analyze concepts of health promotion, human response, and healing within the context biobehavioral research, vulnerable populations and contemporary pedagogies.
    Students will conduct research studies independently using qualitative and quantitative methods and demonstrate the ability to present ongoing research findings.
    Submit, and defend a dissertation.
    Graduates become employed in nursing or related fields as faculty, researchers or leaders such as program directors, hospital executives, or directors of research.
    Pharmacology & Toxicology MS & PhD
    Students will obtain a solid foundation in the Basic Biomedical Sciences core curriculum and electives, as well as in research techniques.
    Students will contribute to the body of knowledge in Pharmacology & Toxicology by advancing to Ph.D. candidacy at the beginning of Year III and no later than the beginning of Year IV.
    Students will demonstrate independent research performance.
    Prepare, submit, and defend a research dissertation and/or publication in a peer review by the end of year 5.
    Graduates become employed in related fields.
    Population Health Sciences PhD
    Students will demonstrate knowledge in both general and discipline-specific areas of preventive medicine and population health, including all core domains: biostatistics, epidemiology, research design and execution, population health and ethics.
    Students will contribute to the body of knowledge in Preventive Medicine and Community Health by advancing to Ph.D. candidacy within one academic year after passing qualifying examinations.
    Students will demonstrate independent research performance.
    Prepare, submit, and defend a research dissertation by the end of year 5 of full time study.
    Graduates become employed in related fields or pursue further education.
    Public Health MPH
    Appropriately apply quantitative methods in formulating and answering questions concerning public health topics.
    Demonstrate understanding of range of health determinants (biological, behavioral, environmental, social, political) in human populations.
    Utilize concepts and theories of public health in addressing specific population health problems in community-based practice settings.
    Effectively communicate public health topics to both professional and lay audiences.
    Consistently employ high ethical and professional standards in practice and research activities.

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    School of Health Professions
    Clinical Laboratory Sciences BSCLS
    The student will be able to apply knowledge, attitudes, and skills to the clinical laboratory practices and procedures; and display an attitude of cooperation and concern in interpersonal relationships with patients and health care workers.
    The student will be able to apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to the clinical laboratory practices and procedures by integrating previous knowledge and skills with more sophisticated instrumentation and advanced methodology.
    Associate degree MLT students will be able to advance their knowledge of the laboratory field through the completion of their BS degree.
    The student will be able to conduct, under supervision, research on a topic directly related to the professional discipline; and complete a report including statistical analysis of the study.
    The student will participate in interdisciplinary learning experiences aimed at providing practical, team-oriented opportunities for gaining and demonstrating the competences.
    The student will complete integrate coursework with practical experience through research projects, laboratory management problems, and molecular diagnostics.
    Occupational Therapy MOT
    Students will successfully apply classroom knowledge to the clinical setting during fieldwork.
    Students will demonstrate Independent Research and Best Practices Performance.
    Students will graduate and pass NBCOT examination and students will hold Texas License.
    Students and Employers provide positive feedback on UTMB MOT Program.
    Physical Therapy MPT - Discontinued
    Students will successfully apply classroom knowledge to the clinical settings.
    Students will collaborate with other health related professions to solve problems, provide services, or develop new understandings.
    Students will graduate and pass National Physical Therapy Examination and obtain licensure in the Texas.
    Students will collaborate with other health related professions to solve problems, provide services, or develop new understandings.
    Physical Therapy DPT
    Students will successfully apply classroom knowledge to the clinical settings.
    Students will collaborate with other health related professions to solve problems, provide services, or develop new understandings.
    Students will graduate and pass National Physical Therapy Examination and obtain licensure in the Texas.
    Students will collaborate with other health related professions to solve problems, provide services, or develop new understandings.
    Physician Assistant Studies MPAS
    All the UTMB PA Program students have a didactic and practice laboratory graded experiences to prove their competence to perform duties and responsibilities as a physician assistant health care professional.
    A faculty panel will review an objective clinical examination using a mock patient where each student must perform a timed examination including:
  • Obtaining a clinical history;
  • Conducting a physical examination;
  • Collecting data;
  • Making correct assessment;
  • Designing a plan in 20 minutes that is appropriate to case.
  • To attain the PA-C designation, a student must pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). PANCE is a computerized, multiple-choice test that comprises 360 questions that assess basic medical and surgical knowledge.
    Respiratory Care BSRC
    Students will demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate clinical information relevant to their role as advanced-level respiratory therapists.
    Students will demonstrate technical proficiency in all the skills necessary to fulfill their roles as advanced-level respiratory therapists.
    Graduates will demonstrate professional behaviors consistent with employer expectations as advanced-level respiratory therapists.
    Recruit, develop and graduate students that reflect the diversity of the State of Texas.
    Develop student attributes of professionalism.
    Graduates will find employment in Respiratory Related Fields, or continue their education in Graduate Programs with content relevant to the Respiratory System.

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    School of Medicine
    Medicine MD
    To Produce Knowledgeable Physicians
    Knowledge of the theories and principles that govern ethical decision making, and of the major ethical dilemmas in medicine, particularly those that arise at the beginning and end of life, those that arise from the knowledge of genetics, and those that threaten medical professionalism posed by conflicts of interest inherent in various financial and organizational arrangements for the practice of medicine.
    Knowledge of the normal structure and function of the body and of each of its major organ systems.
    Knowledge of the molecular, biochemical, and cellular mechanisms that are important in maintaining the body’s homeostasis.
    Knowledge of the various causes (genetic, developmental, metabolic, toxic, microbiologic, autoimmune, neoplastic, degenerative, and traumatic) of maladies and the ways in which they operate in the body (pathogenesis).
    Knowledge of the altered structure and function (pathology and patho-physiology) of the body and its major organ systems that are seen in various diseases and conditions.
    An understanding of the power of the scientific method in establishing the causation of disease and efficacy of traditional and non-traditional therapies.
    Knowledge of the most frequent clinical, laboratory, roentgenologic, and pathologic manifestations of common maladies.
    Knowledge about relieving pain and ameliorating the suffering of patients.
    Knowledge of the important non-biological determinants of poor health and of the economic, psychological, social, and cultural factors that contribute to the development and/or continuation of maladies.
    Knowledge of the epidemiology of common maladies within a defined population and the systematic approaches useful in reducing the incidence and prevalence of those maladies.
    Knowledge of various approaches to the organization, financing, and delivery of health care.
    To Produce Skillful Physicians
    The ability to obtain an accurate medical history that covers all essential aspects of the history, including issues related to age, gender, and socio-economic status.
    The ability to perform both a complete and a focused examination, including a mental status examination.
    The ability to perform routine technical procedures including, at a minimum: venipuncture, inserting an intravenous catheter, arterial puncture, thoracentesis, lumbar puncture, inserting a nasogastric tube, inserting a Foley catheter, and suturing lacerations.
    The ability to interpret the results of commonly used diagnostic procedures.
    The ability to reason deductively in solving clinical problems.
    The ability to construct appropriate management strategies (both diagnostic and therapeutic) for patients with common conditions (both acute and chronic), including medical, psychiatric, and surgical conditions, and those requiring short- and long-term rehabilitation.
    The ability to recognize patients with immediately life-threatening cardiac, pulmonary, or neurological conditions regardless of etiology, and to institute appropriate initial therapy.
    The ability to recognize and outline an initial course of management for patients with serious conditions requiring critical care.
    The ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with patients, patients’ families, colleagues, and others with whom physicians must exchange information while carrying out their responsibilities.
    The ability to identify factors that place individuals at risk for disease or injury, to select appropriate tests for detecting patients at risk for specific diseases or in the early stages of disease, and to determine strategies for responding appropriately.
    To Produce Physicians Possessing Professional Attitudes
    An understanding of, and respect for, the roles of other health care professionals, and of the need to collaborate with others in caring for individual patients and in promoting the health of defined populations.
    Compassionate treatment of patients, and respect for their privacy and dignity.
    Honesty and integrity in all interactions with patients, patients’ families, colleagues, and others with whom physicians must interact in their professional lives.
    A commitment to advocate at all times the interests of one’s patients over one’s own interest.
    A commitment to provide care to patients who are unable to pay and to advocate for access to health care for members of traditionally underserved populations.
    To Produce Physicians Committed to Lifelong Learning
    The capacity to recognize and accept limitations in one’s knowledge and clinical skills, and a commitment to continuously improve one’s knowledge and ability.
    An understanding of the need to engage in lifelong learning to stay abreast of relevant scientific advances, especially in the disciplines of genetics and molecular biology.
    The ability to retrieve (from electronic databases and other resources), manage, and utilize biomedical information for solving problems and making decisions that are relevant to the care of individuals and populations.

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    School of Nursing
    Nursing BSN
    Students will obtain a foundation in the core theoretical and scientific principles necessary for practicing state-of-the art nursing through rigorous coursework.
    Student preparation for success is based upon how favorably the nursing graduates rate their level of preparation for their first job. Analysis of the question on the EBI Alumni survey that asks, "Overall, how well did your nursing program prepare you for success in your first position after graduation?"- will be used to determine preparation for success.
    BSN graduates will pass the NCLEX examination in order to obtain Texas licensure.
    Alumni are surveyed after one year and again after three years to determine satisfaction with the BSN program.
    Nursing MSN
    The degree to which graduates influence health care through practice, health professions education and leadership.
    Demonstrate expertise in their area of practice role (clinician, leader, or educator).
    Students will demonstrate competency in the delivery of advanced practice nursing in their area of expertise.

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