Compliance Certification Report

3.6.2
The institution structures its graduate curricula (1) to include knowledge of the literature of the discipline and (2) to ensure ongoing student engagement in research and/or appropriate professional practice and training experiences. (Graduate Curriculum)
√ Compliant
Partially Compliant
Non-Compliant
Narrative:
Two schools at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) Ė the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) and the School of Medicine (SOM) Ė offer only graduate programs while the School of Nursing (SON) and the School of Allied Health Sciences (SAHS) offer both undergraduate and graduate programs of study. All graduate programs at UTMB meet academic program standards established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (1) and The University of Texas System Board of Regents (2). Health profession programs at the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health Sciences also meet national standards established by their respective accrediting bodies (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9).

UTMBís mission statement promotes the advancement of human understanding and knowledge in health-related disciplines through scholarly research. The academic curricula and programs offered at UTMB emphasize the development of individual scholarship to meet the challenges of todayís society. The program objectives for these schools support the knowledge of the discipline, ensuring student engagement in research or appropriate professional practice and training experiences.

Masterís Degrees
The masterís degrees offered at UTMB are awarded by the Graduate School of Biomedical Science (GSBS), the School of Allied Health Sciences (SAHS), and the School of Nursing (SON). The degree plans for all of the masterís programs require a substantial portion of the curriculum in the program major include knowledge of the literature of the discipline.

The masterís degrees offered through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (Master of Public Health, Master of Science, Master of Arts, and Master of Medical Science) may include a thesis, publication in lieu of thesis, or a capstone report. All three of the options reflect both the knowledge of the discipline and a focus on research. The thesis reflects the studentís pursuit of research under the direction of a supervisory committee. The publication in lieu of thesis also includes a supervisory committee which may accept an in-press or published manuscript(s) in lieu of the conventional thesis. The capstone report most frequently associated with the Masterís in Public Health degree is guided by ďan appropriate philosophical underpinning [that] reflects methodological rigor, including data analysis suitable to a scientific discourse (10)."

The School of Allied Health Sciences offers masterís degrees in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies. The School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with specialties in Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Leadership, and Nurse Educator. All of these masterís programs integrate the requirement of research with the requirement of professional practice. For example, education for advanced practice nursing focuses on the development of clinical knowledge and skills essential to the nursing process, including: 1) performing advanced health assessment of individuals, families, communities, and aggregate populations; 2) collecting, analyzing and interpreting assessment data; 3) determining nursing and differential medical diagnoses; 4) planning independently and collaboratively for a full range of therapeutic nursing interventions and clinical treatment modalities; 5) clinical management of common acute and chronic health conditions over time, and 6) evaluation of the outcomes of nursing intervention and clinical management (11).

Doctor of Medicine Degree
The degree of Doctor of Medicine is awarded by the School of Medicine upon satisfactory completion of the prescribed curriculum in the School of Medicine, recommendation of the Faculty of Medicine and certification by the Board of Regents. Candidates are required to offer satisfactory evidence of having fulfilled all academic curricular requirements, including a passing performance on the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills (12).

Doctor of Philosophy Degree
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Nursing both offer the Doctor of Philosophy degree. The basis for awarding the degree in the GSBS is the candidateís demonstrated ability to master a selected field and to pursue independent research. The supervisory committee must recommend that the graduate faculty certify that the student has fulfilled all the requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree before the faculty may grant the certification. The basis on which the degree is awarded is the candidateís demonstration of mastery of a selected field and ability to perform independent research (13). The doctoral program in the School of Nursing is designed to prepare scholars and researchers capable of advancing nursing practice and education. Three focus areasóhealth promotion, human response, and healing practicesó characterize the conceptual base of the program and define the programís parameters of scholarly inquiry (14).

Successful completion of course requirements, the dissertation, and comprehensive examinations are evidence that PhD students have acquired knowledge of the literature of their discipline. Acceptance into residency programs provides similar evidence for medical students. Ongoing student engagement among both PhD and medical students in research, appropriate professional practice, and training experiences is encouraged and supported through discipline-specific field experience in advanced practice, opportunities for scholarly publication, training grants such as those associated with the W. M. Keck Center for Virus Imaging (15) and involvement in professional societies and organizations beginning with student membership and participation (16).
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Source
1
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Chapter 5, Subchapter C, Approval of New Academic Programs and Administrative Changes at Public Universities and/or Health-Related Institutions
http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/Rules/Tac3.cfm?Chapter_ID=5&Subchapter=C&Print=1
2
Regents' Rules and Regulations, Series 40307, Academic Program Approval Standards
http://www.utsystem.edu/bor/rules/40000Series/40307%202004%2012%2010%2001.pdf
3
The Liaison Committee on Medical Education, II. Educational Program, C. Teaching and Evaluation, pp. 14-15
http://www.lcme.org/functions2006june.pdf
4
American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs
http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Accreditation/NewStandards.htm
5
Standards for an Accredited Educational Program for the Occupational Therapist, Standard A.6.0, Program Evaluation
http://www.aota.org/nonmembers/area13/links/LINK31.asp
6
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
7
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, pp. 4-11
http://www.naacls.org/PDFviewer.asp?mainUrl=/docs/standards_cls-mt.pdf
8
Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant: Accreditation Manual
http://www.arc-pa.org/Standards/manual906withclarififyingchange.pdf
9
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
10
UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Bulletin, 2007-2009, p.23
http://www.gsbs.utmb.edu/GSBSBulletin.pdf
11
UTMB School of Nursing Bulletin, 2007-2009, p. 38
http://www.son.utmb.edu/academic_programs/SON%20Bulletin%202007-2009.pdf
12
UTMB School of Medicine Bulletin, 2007-2009, p. 11
http://www.som.utmb.edu/SOM%20Bulletin%20web.pdf
13
UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Bulletin, 2007-2009, p. 18
http://www.gsbs.utmb.edu/GSBSBulletin.pdf
14
UTMB School of Nursing Bulletin, 2007-2009, pp. 2-3
http://www.son.utmb.edu/academic_programs/SON%20Bulletin%202007-2009.pdf
15
W. M. Keck Center for Virus Imaging
http://www.utmb.edu/ihii/keck_training.shtml
16
Student Organizations Registered at UTMB
http://www.utmb.edu/studentlife/studentorganizations/a-m.htm