The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston ensures that the majority of credits toward a graduate or post-baccalaureate professional degree are earned through instruction at the university. Degree audits are performed by the registrar to verify this requirement.
Credits for Graduate or Post-Baccalaureate Professional Degree
School of Nursing
The School of Nursing permits up to twelve hours of transfer credit for graduate programs. The process and further restrictions are published in the schoolís bulletin (1). The School of Nursing requires a minimum of 39 hours for a Master's degree; therefore, the students complete more than 50 percent of credits from UTMB for the Master of Nursing Program.
School of Allied Health Sciences
The School of Allied Health Sciences graduate programs do not generally permit students to transfer in coursework from other institutions to satisfy the graduate requirements.
Graduate School of Biological Sciences
Graduate courses taken at another institution may be transferred into programs in the Graduate School only on the basis of a recommendation by the studentís graduate program faculty and approval by the dean of the Graduate School (2). Although GSBS does not specifically limit the number of transfer hours, the practice is to limit the total to six hours.
School of Medicine
On rare occasions, the School of Medicine permits students to enter the medicine curriculum in the third year after they have successfully completed medical courses in Years 1 and 2 that are equivalent to those in the Basic Science Core at the UTMB School of Medicine. The students are required to complete Years 3 and 4, or half of their program, at UTMB (3).
Credits for Joint, Cooperative, or Consortia Arrangements
UTMB has an arrangement with the Gulf Coast Consortia (GCC), which includes, besides UTMB, the Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, University of Houston, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (4). The GCC brings together the strengths of its six member institutions to build interdisciplinary collaborative research teams and training programs in biomedical sciences at their intersection with the computational, chemical, mathematical and physical sciences (see also Comprehensive Standard 3.4.7). The training arm of the GCC, the Keck Center for Computational and Structural Biology, currently supports over 70 trainees and has over 200 affiliated training faculties. The ability for students to take GCC/Keck member institutional courses that are not otherwise available at UTMB, but recommend for their training programs (such as computer sciences and mathematics) reflects the institutions commitment to establishing relationships that are compatible with, yet enhance the institutional mission. However, UTMB students who take course work through the Keck Center earn the majority of their credits through UTMB and receive their degree from UTMB.