The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. School of Health Professions. Education, Research, Health Care and Service

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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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The University of Texas Medical Branch, School of Health Professions is committed to recruiting and admitting a diverse class of highly qualified students. This includes applicants of all ethnicities, races, cultures, ages, gender, sexual identities, religions and life experiences represented in the population of the State of Texas.

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Guided by our RISES initiative, the UTMB School of Health Professionals will focus on the following strategic priorities for the 2021–2026 period: Research Activity, Influence & Impact, Student Success & Preparedness, Experiences in Clinical Settings, and Strategic Capacity & Transformation.

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Occupational Therapy students featured by AOTA in their research on Dry Needling practices.

May 24, 2021, 09:21 AM by UTMB School of Health Professions

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The systematic review of students and faculty in the Department of Occupational Therapy (OT) on Dry Needling in OT Practice was featured in February 2021 by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Led and mentored by OT faculty Drs. Claudia Hilton and April Cowan, students Rachel Bynum, Olivia Garcia, Emily Herbst, Mary Kossa and Katrina Liou completed the the systematic review as part of the requirements for their research courses. It was later published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and then used to make the determination of the appropriateness of including dry needling as an occupational therapy intervention.

Comparable to acupuncture, Dry Needling is an emerging intervention practice of deep insertion of needles into the muscles to reduce and treat myofascial pain, increase range of motion and improve musculoskeletal function of various body areas that include the back, neck and lower/upper extremities.

In a typical dry needling session, these thin needles are inserted into trigger points of targeted muscles and connective tissues with the aim of remediating muscle function and improving activity and participation (American Physical Therapy Association, 2013).

For further reading, please read: Effects of Dry Needling on Spasticity and Range of Motion

Academic Calendar

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DayMonthEvent
1AprilOnline Registration for Summer 2021 opens at 8:00 am for Returning Students
5AprilLast Day to Withdraw from a Course with a “W” – Spring 2021
19AprilStudy Day – No Classes
20 - 23AprilFinal Examination Period
23AprilLast Day of Spring 2021 Semester (Diploma date – April 23, 2021)
30AprilGrades Due by 12:00 Noon for Spring 2021 (All Students)
30AprilRegistration and Fee Payment Deadlines – Summer 2021 (all students)
3MayClasses Begin – Summer 2021
17MayLast Day to Add or Drop a Course by 5:00 pm – Summer 2021 (Census Date)
31MayMemorial Day - School Closed (No classes)
19JulyLast Day to Withdraw from a Course with a "W" – Summer 2021
2AugustOnline Registration for Fall 2021 Opens at 8:00 am for Returning Students
2AugustStudy Day – No Classes
3-6AugustFinal Examination Period
6AugustLast Day of Summer 2021 Semester (Diploma date - August 13, 2021)
10AugustGrades Due by 12:00 Noon for Summer 2021 (Graduating Students)
13AugustCommencement for SHP Students (for terms Fall 2020, Spring 2021 & Summer 2021)
13AugustGrades Due by 12:00 Noon for Summer 2021 (Continuing Students)

 

Last Updated: 03-JUN-2021

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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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