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All students will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 testing no more than five days prior to their first scheduled face-to-face activity for the spring semester. This test is required regardless of COVID vaccination status. The only students exempted from this requirement are students in 100% online degree programs with no in-person requirements.
For more details on how to satisfy the mandatory testing requirements, please visit the SHP Coronavirus/COVID-19 Prevention and Response web page.SHP Coronavirus/COVID-19 Prevention and Response
For over a century, the University of Texas Medical Branch has dedicated its efforts toward improving the health of society - in Texas and beyond. In addition to designing and implementing innovative ways to deliver instruction to students at distant locations, the school continuously explores opportunities to expand its program offerings and interprofessional learning.
We offer certifications, bachelor's, master's and doctoral allied health programs. In addition to classroom lectures, our programs offer clinical training opportunities in a variety of settings to ensure our students have exposure to a multitude of professional opportunities.
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January 14, 2021
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Department of Respiratory Care approved for Master of Science in Respiratory Care
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Department of Respiratory Care in the School of Health Professions has received approval from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) for a change in degree awarded from a Bachelor’s degree to a Master of Science degree in Respiratory Care. The last cohort to receive the BS Degree will graduate in August 2022. The first cohort to receive the MS Degree will be admitted into the program in September 2021 and graduate in August 2023.
This significant move forward will make the program one of only six entry-level graduate respiratory care programs in the nation. The Respiratory Care program at UTMB has been consecutively recognized for outstanding credentialing success since 2012. Our curriculum is designed to provide unique experiences in critical care, leadership, education, and research. Students receive hands-on experience in premier clinical affiliates of the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world.
Our student to faculty ratio encourages individualized attention with highly qualified, specialty credentialed faculty. In addition to spacious classrooms with current technology, you will receive training with state-of-the-art equipment in our new Health Education Center that includes a 77-bed simulation hospital with a 10-bed intensive care unit. Students have the unique opportunity to participate in innovative interprofessional health and science education through cutting-edge simulation which optimizes collaborative learning and improves health outcomes.
The curriculum is an intensive 94 credit hours over 2 years, that includes 30 credit hours of clinical experience. The final semester culminates the educational experience with a capstone project, a clinical internship, and an intensive board exam review. Upon graduation students are eligible for the National Board for Respiratory Care credentialing exams and upon successful completion earn the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential which allows for licensure for practice.
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The School of Health Professions and Dean Brown are honored to announce that Drs. Carolyn Utsey, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Kenneth Ottenbacher, chair of the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences have decided to retire after over 30 and 25 years of exceptional contributions to UTMB.
We will surely miss their enthusiasm, kindness, caring attitude, and professionalism.
An interim Department Chair in Physical Therapy will be named prior to Dr. Utsey's retirement date of January 31 and a national search for a permanent successor will convene shortly afterwards.
Please visit the read more link for more details about Drs. Utsey and Ottenbacher's tenure at UTMB.
Read more: Faculty Retirements
The Department of Physical Therapy is excited to announce that they have been granted approval to add a new Hybrid DPT program to our Accredited programs by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Interviews for the inaugural class begin in December whereas the very first cohort will begin in August 2021.
For those interested in learning more about the program, visit the Physical Therapy Hybrid DPT web page, attend an Open House, or email your questions! Applications will be open from July-November every year for an annual August enrollment, alongside the Traditional DPT Program.
Read more: PT Department News
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The mission of the School of Health Professions (SHP) is to provide and promote quality education, research, and service in an environment that fosters collaboration and mutual respect. The School of Health Professions envisions a school that provides quality education in the health professions and encourages innovation.
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