As the only university medical center in our region, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler is dedicated to providing academic and medical educational opportunities for tomorrow’s leaders in healthcare by offering undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs. UT Health Science Center is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Programs and Schools
Through the Department of Graduate Medical Education, the institution sponsors three graduate medical education residency programs in family medicine, occupational medicine, internal medicine, rural track family medicine, and psychiatry. These programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. There is also a psychology internship that’s offered.
Students who enter the School of Medical Biological Sciences and are enrolled in our Master of Science in Biotechnology degree program learn state-of-the-art techniques through hands-on training and gain knowledge from world-class, NIH-funded scientists and faculty.
The School of Community and Rural Health offers a Master of Public Health program as well as a Master of Science in Environmental Science.
Medical, nursing, and allied health professional students from other community institutions participate in clinical rotations at UT Health clinics and in our hospital. UT Health also offers a wide range of continuing education programs for physicians, nurses, and other health professionals.
Continuing Medical Education
Our academic history began in 1977 when the institution joined The University of Texas System. Work immediately began toward establishing a medical residency program on campus. These efforts reached fruition in 1985 with the offering of the Family Medicine Residency Program. UT Health Science Center expanded its medical residency programs in 1995 with the Occupational Medicine Residency Program, and again in 2012 with the Internal Medicine Residency Program in partnership with Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, Texas.
Academics on campus began in 1995 as collaborative partnerships with Stephen F. Austin State University in the delivery of two master’s degrees; one in Biotechnology and the other in Environmental Science.
In 2005, the 79th Texas Legislature conferred the institution with degree-granting authority, and in 2008 the UT System Board of Regents acted to legally change the institution’s name to The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.
- The 79th Texas Legislature gave UTHSCT degree-granting authority.
- The Office of Academic Administration was established to provide a focal point for existing and future academic activities for the campus, oversee the development, implementation, and ongoing review of academic policy, and lead the institution towards accreditation by SACSCOC.
- The Internal Medicine Residency Program began, in partnership with Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, Texas. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board officially approved the establishment of the School of Medical Biological Sciences and the UT Health Science Center Master’s Degree Program in Biotechnology.
- The Master of Science in Biotechnology degree program – the first ever degree-granting program at UT Health Science Center – welcomed its first cohort of six students in August.
- Inaugural cohort of students graduate from the Master of Science in Biotechnology degree program and receive the first-ever diplomas from UT Health Science Center.
- UT Health Science Center advances to candidacy for membership to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
- UT Health Science Center achieves a significant milestone with the announcement by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) that it conferred accreditation on the university medical center.
The Office of Academic Administration provides a focal point to central existing and future academic activities for the campus. Our department is determined to develop, implement, and review academic policy and instructional effectiveness at UT Health Science Center. This includes overseeing the accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
We help students learn and grow by ensuring that the curriculum remains current and is in compliance with accreditation standards. The Office of Academic Administration oversees institutional research so students benefit from curriculum beyond the classroom. When students need help, we also ensure the provision of support services.
To provide an infrastructure for academic oversight and growth, the Office of Academic Administration also includes Offices of Instruction, Student Affairs, and Institutional Research. The key staff to oversee process and procedures includes:
- Director of Academic Administration, who serves as the SACS Liaison
- Associate Director of Academic Administration for Instruction
- Associate Director of Academic Administration for Student Affairs
- Associate Director of Academic Administration for Institutional Research
Unit Assessment and TracDat Software
UT Health Science Center purchased TracDat Software in the summer of 2011 to assist the institution in standardizing, reporting, and organizing institutional goals and assessments of unit objectives. This capability allows unit leaders to track their progress toward strategic initiatives and report outcomes to executive leadership.
Internal Assessment of Institutional Effectiveness
Internal institutional effectiveness activities are divided among two offices. The Office of Academic Administration is responsible for institutional effectiveness of academic units and academic support units. The Office of Planning is responsible for institutional effectiveness of nonacademic units. While the responsibilities are divided between those two offices, both offices report the Executive Vice President and the directors work as a team on institutional effectiveness efforts.
Statement of Accreditation
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (UTHSC Tyler) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) at the Master’s degree level. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of UTHSC Tyler.