Compliance Certification Report

2.7.1
The institution offers one or more degree programs based on at least 60 semester credit hours or the equivalent at the associate level; at least 120 semester credit hours or the equivalent at the baccalaureate level; or at least 30 semester credit hours or the equivalent at the post-baccalaureate, graduate, or professional level. If an institution uses a unit other than semester credit hours, it provides an explanation for the equivalency. The institution also provides a justification for all degrees that include fewer than the required number of semester credit hours or its equivalent unit. (Program Length)
√ Compliant
Partially Compliant
Non-Compliant
Narrative:
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) does not offer associate degrees or lower division courses for undergraduates. As of the Spring Semester 2006, UTMB offers three baccalaureates, 14 master's, 10 doctoral degree programs, and the professional degree, Doctor of Medicine (1).

All three baccalaureate programs at UTMB Ė Nursing in the School of Nursing (SON) and Clinical Laboratory Sciences and Respiratory Care in the School of Allied Health Sciences (SAHS) Ė have prerequisites for admission that meet all core curriculum requirements set forth by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) (2) and the Texas Education Code (3). Since students cannot graduate with baccalaureate degrees from UTMB unless they have satisfied these core curriculum requirements, they are required to complete these courses at a regionally accredited institution and transfer them into UTMB. Basic core curriculum requirements are posted on the UTMB General Information Catalog (4). Total lower division course and semester hour requirements for each baccalaureate program are outlined in the respective school's bulletin or on program websites (5) (6) (7). All UTMB undergraduate degree programs exceed 120 total semester credit hours (See Table 2.7.1a below).

At the masterís degree level, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) requires a minimum of 36 semester credit hours (8). The masterís programs in the School of Nursing (SON) require a minimum of 39 semester credit hours (9). The masterís degree programs in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies in the School of Allied Health Sciences (SAHS) are designated degrees which require from 85 to 110 semester credit hours (10) (11) (12).

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences has a general policy that no graduate degree (M.S., M.A., M.M.S., M.P.H., or Ph.D) can be earned with less than 30 credit hours of graduate instruction. The masterís degrees require at least 36 credit hours and the Ph.D. typically requires substantially more credit hours than the masterís, as evidenced by the average time to degree for a student continuously enrolled in a GSBS Ph.D. program is 5.5 years (13). The School of Medicine (SOM) does not award credit based on semester credit hour for the professional Doctor of Medicine degree. The SOM program is a full-time four year program that meets national standards and that far exceeds the 30 semester credit hour minimum requirement (14).

Table 2.7.1a Program Length by Semester Credit Hour (SCH)

Baccalaureate Degree Programs

120 SCH*

Graduate/Professional Degree Programs 30+ SCH Beyond Undergrad

Justification for Programs Using Other than SCH

Nursing, SON 120 SCH

 

 

Clinical Laboratory Sciences, SAHS, 136 SCH

 

 

Respiratory Care, SAHS, 150 SCH

 

 

 

Master’s, SON, 39 SCH

 

 

Master’s, Occupational Therapy, SAHS, 82 SCH

 

 

Master’s Physical Therapy, SAHS, 85 SCH

 

 

Master’s, Physician Assistant Studies, 110 SCH

 

 

Master’s of Science, GSBS, 36 SCH

 

 

PhD, GSBS, minimum of 30 SCH

 

 

MD, SOM, does not use SCH

Four year full-time program following an innovative curriculum that meets national standards

* UTMB does not offer lower division courses. All entering students must have successfully completed the Texas 42-semester hour core curriculum plus at least 18 hours of undergraduate program prerequisites.
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Source
1
UTMB General Information Catalog, 2007-2009, Degrees Offered, p. 6
http://intranet.utmb.edu/enrollmentservices/PDF/Catalogs/Gen%20Info%20Catalog%2007-09web.pdf
2
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Chapter 4, Rules Applying to All Public Institutions of Higher Education in Texas, Subchapter B, Transfer of Credit, Core Curriculum and Field of Study Curricula, Section 4.23, Definitions
http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/Rules/tac3.cfm?Chapter_ID=4&Subchapter=B
3
Texas Education Code, Section 61.821 (1)
http://tlo2.tlc.state.tx.us/statutes/ed.toc.htm
4
UTMB General Information Catalog, 2007-2009, Core Curriculum Policy, p. 9
http://intranet.utmb.edu/enrollmentservices/PDF/Catalogs/Gen%20Info%20Catalog%2007-09web.pdf
5
UTMB School of Nursing Bulletin, 2007-2009, Prerequisites for All Baccalaureate Programs, p. 18
http://www.son.utmb.edu/academic_programs/SON%20Bulletin%202007-2009.pdf
6
UTMB School of Allied Health Sciences Bulletin, 2007-2009, Program Prerequisites, p. 38
http://www.sahs.utmb.edu/sahs_bulletin.pdf
7
UTMB School of Allied Health Sciences Bulletin, 2007-2009, Application to Respiratory Care Program, p. 93
http://www.sahs.utmb.edu/sahs_bulletin.pdf
8
UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Bulletin, 2007-2009, Requirements for Masterís Degree, p. 21
http://www.gsbs.utmb.edu/GSBSBulletin.pdf
9
UTMB School of Nursing Bulletin, 2007-2009, Degree Requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing Degree (M.S.N.), p. 49
http://www.son.utmb.edu/academic_programs/SON%20Bulletin%202007-2009.pdf
10
UTMB School of Allied Health Sciences Bulletin, 2007-2009, Masters of Occupational Therapy Professional Course of Study, pp. 42-43
http://www.sahs.utmb.edu/sahs_bulletin.pdf
11
UTMB School of Allied Health Sciences Bulletin, 2007-2009, Master of Physical Therapy Professional Course of Study, pp. 56-57
http://www.sahs.utmb.edu/sahs_bulletin.pdf
12
UTMB School of Allied Health Sciences Bulletin, 2007-2009, Master of Physician Assistant Studies Professional Course of Study, pp. 71-72
http://www.sahs.utmb.edu/sahs_bulletin.pdf
13
UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Bulletin, By Laws and Academic Policies, p. 13
http://www.gsbs.utmb.edu/bylaws.html
14
UTMB School of Medicine Bulletin, 2007-2009, Course of Study, p. 26
http://www.som.utmb.edu/SOM%20Bulletin%20web.pdf