ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act Essential Functions

The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) is committed to providing equal opportunity for students with disabilities and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended in 2008 (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and state and local requirements regarding students with disabilities. 

It is the policy of Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) that no otherwise qualified and competitive individual with a disability will be denied access to or participation in services, programs, and activities of GSBS solely on the basis of their disability, pursuant to the ADAAA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provided that the individual demonstrates the ability to meet the essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodations set forth herein.

Essential functions for the GSBS have been identified, and mastery of the essential functions is required.  Specific details of the essential functions, by program, are accessible via the below links.  Please read these carefully to ensure that you can meet these requirements in the program, with or without accommodations. Upon matriculation, students attest to their ability to fulfill these requirements.  GSBS will engage in the interactive process, with UTMB’s Institutional ADA Office and the student to determine what, if any, reasonable accommodations can be provided.

If you have a documented disability or would like to obtain information regarding services for students with disabilities at UTMB, please contact the Institutional ADA Office, at (409) 747-4818 or visit their office location at the Jamail Student Center, Room 2.118.  UTMB will make a reasonable accommodation for a qualified student with a disability. 

In addition, UTMB has an established Institutional Handbook of Operating Procedures, IHOP Policy, 07.01.01, Students with Disabilities, that addresses ADA accommodations. Students may also contact the below entities for any questions or assistance regarding this policy and associated process:

  • UTMB Health Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, (409) 772-2665
  • UTMB Health Institutional ADA Office, (409) 747-4818


The following links will lead you to a description that describes the essential functions that are required to complete each of the following curricula. The essential functions needed to complete the following curricula are listed below: