Student Achievement

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) evaluates success with respect to student achievement consistent with its mission and with national criteria for health related institutions of higher learning. UTMB pursues and achieves its educational mission through the academic programs it offers in its four schools.

Pass Rates for National Certification and Licensure Exams

Graduates of our clinical programs, with the exception of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, are required to pass a certification or licensure examination for practice.  UTMB has set a target pass rate of 90% for each of these programs.  Where possible, this metric is measured by first-time test takers (indicated by *).   


School of Health Professions

Year 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Clinical Laboratory Sciences 91% 95% 100% 88%
Physical Therapy 100% 100% 97% 100% 92%
Occupational Therapy 99% 93% 100% 95% 96%
Respiratory Care 73% 93% 95% 90% 87%
Nutrition and Metabolism 87% 100% 100% 83% 83%


School of Medicine

Year 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
USMLE Step 1 99% 98% 98% 98% 98%
USMLE Step 2 - Clinical Knowledge 95% 95% 96% 97%
USMLE Step 2 - Skills 95% 92% 95% 95%
Physician Assistant Studies 100% 95% 100% 100% 93%

School of Nursing

Year 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
NCLEX-RN* 94% 95% 97% 97% 99%
Adult Gerontology Primary 96% 100% 85% 100% 100%
Family Nurse Practitioner 99% 99% 91% 99% 98%
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner 100% 76% 94% 71% 96%
Clinical Nurse Leader 89% 67% 100% 56% 82%

 
In the event the pass rate does not meet the criterion, programs receive immediate and intense attention by faculty, program, and school leadership.

Residency Matching

A closely monitored measure of the effectiveness of UTMB's medical education program and the competitiveness of medical school graduates is the rate at which they successfully place into residencies through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) to complete the graduate medical education portion of their training. UTMB's criterion is 90%. Table 3 summarizes the NRMP rate of placement for the past five years.

National Residency Matching Program Rate of Placement

Year 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Matched through NRMP
Initial Results
92% 94% 82% 92% 87% 88%
Percent eligible who started residency 95% 96% 92% 95% 93% 94%

UNDERGRADUATE JOB PLACEMENT RATES

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board tracks graduates of all undergraduate higher education programs in Texas and matches social security numbers to payroll data collected by the state as well as data from the federal government. The result is a profile of the employment rates for programs and schools at UTMB. UTMB's criterion is an 85% rate. Table 4 shows the employment rate for undergraduates who completed their educational program in the year indicated.

2015 2016 2017 2018
Cohort Rate Cohort Rate Cohort Rate Cohort Rate
Clinical Laboratory Science 71 92% 74 80% 54 87% 53 81%
Nursing 331 95% 399 93% 388 91% 399 90%
Respiratory Care 25 92% 19 58% 20 40% 24 79%

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