Compliance Certification Report

2.7.2
The institution offers degree programs that embody a coherent course of study that is compatible with its stated mission and is based upon fields of study appropriate to higher education. (Program Content)
√ Compliant
Partially Compliant
Non-Compliant
Narrative:
As a health science campus, programs in each of our four schools (medicine, nursing, allied health, and biomedical sciences) are compatible with the mission and values of the institution (1), are in appropriate fields of study for health-related professions, and share common goals in advancing the health of those we serve.

General descriptions of the degrees offered are found the UTMB General Information Catalog (2). The listing of required courses and course descriptions are located in the bulletins provided by the School of Medicine (3), School of Nursing (4), Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (5), and School of Allied health Sciences (6).

Under the provisions of Texas Education Code, an institution shall report its course offerings and changes to its course offerings to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The THECB may delete or consolidate courses but must give due notice, a reason for the action, and hold hearings if requested (7).

UTMB has an established approval process for new education programs (8). Courses of study also adhere to the accreditation standards of licensing and certification programs for medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, clinical laboratory science, physician assistants, and respiratory care (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15).

Departments, colleges, and faculty committees monitor the curriculum for each degree program to ensure that the programs are of the high quality. For example, the School of Medicine Curriculum Committee reviews all required courses (16) (17). In the School of Nursing, faculty initiates the curriculum process; it is then approved by the Baccalaureate or Masterís Team, as appropriate, then by the Curriculum Committee. After Faculty Assembly approval, it goes to the Associate Dean for Academic Programs, then to the Academic Affairs Council. If required, the proposal is also sent to the Board of Nurse Examiners for their approval as well (18). In the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the school's curriculum committee approves each new course proposal and approves only courses adopted by vote as qualifying under set criteria identified by the faculty of each graduate program (19) (20). In the School of Allied Health Sciences, faculty within the five professional education programs plan, monitor, and evaluate their individual degrees to ensure compatibility of purpose and appropriateness to the fields of study and the curricula of these educational degree programs undergo rigorous review by the school's Curriculum Committee (21) (22).
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Source
1
UTMB Mission Statement
http://www.utmb.edu/mission/
2
UTMB General Information Catalog, 2007-2009, p. 6
http://www.utmb.edu/enrollmentservices/PDF/GeneralInformation.pdf
3
UTMB School of Medicine Bulletin, 2007-2009, p. 11
http://www.som.utmb.edu/SOM%20Bulletin%20web.pdf
4
UTMB School of Nursing Bulletin, 2007-2009, p. 6
http://www.son.utmb.edu/academic_programs/SON%20Bulletin%202007-2009.pdf
5
UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Bulletin, 2007-2009, p. 16
http://www.gsbs.utmb.edu/GSBSBulletin.pdf
6
UTMB School of Allied Health Sciences Bulletin, 2007-2009, p. 3
http://www.sahs.utmb.edu/sahs_bulletin.pdf
7
Texas Education Code, Section 61.052 (a) - (c)
http://tlo2.tlc.state.tx.us/statutes/ed.toc.htm
8
UTMB Approval Process for New Educational Programs
Hard copy located in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness
9
The Liaison Committee on Medical Education, II. Educational Program, C. Teaching and Evaluation, pp. 14-15
http://www.lcme.org/functions2006june.pdf
10
American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs
http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Accreditation/NewStandards.htm
11
Standards for an Accredited Educational Program for the Occupational Therapist, Standard A.6.0, Program Evaluation
http://aota.org/nonmembers/area13/links/LINK31.asp
12
Evaluative Criteria for Accreditation of Education Programs for the Preparation of Physical Therapists, pp. B1-B34
http://www.apta.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=PT_Programs1&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=132&ContentID=21559
13
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, pp. 4-11
http://www.naacls.org/PDFviewer.asp?mainUrl=/docs/standards_cls-mt.pdf
14
Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant: Accreditation Manual
http://www.arc-pa.org/Standards/manual906withclarififyingchange.pdf
15
Standards and Guidelines for the Profession of Respiratory Care, IV. Student and Graduate Evaluation/Assessment, pp. 8-9
http://www.coarc.com/documents/new/CAAHEP-CoARC 2003 Standards.doc
16
UTMB School of Medicine Curriculum Committee Minutes, January, 3, 2003
Hard copy located in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness
17
UTMB School of Medicine Curriculum Committee Minutes, August, 16, 2002
Hard copy located in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness
18
UTMB School of Nursing Curriculum Process
Hard copy located in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness
19
UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Executive Committee Minutes, March 22, 2006
Hard copy located in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness
20
UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Curriculum Committee Minutes, March 14, 2006
Hard copy located in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness
21
UTMB School of Allied Health Sciences Curriculum Committee Minutes, August 2006
Hard copy located in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness
22
UTMB School of Allied Health Sciences Curriculum Committee Minutes, December 2005
Hard copy located in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness