Areas of Study
Degree and Certificate Programs
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Professions offers degree and/or certificate programs in the following areas of study:
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- Clinical Laboratory Science
- Cytogenetic Technology
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Diagnostic Medical Sonography
- Health Care Disparities, Diversity and Advocacy
- Medical Dosimetry
- Molecular Genetic Technology
- Radiation Therapy
- Master of Science in Diagnostic Genetics
Texas Core Curriculum Requirements
Students receiving their first baccalaureate degree from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Professions (UTMDACC-SHP) must successfully complete the Texas Core Curriculum requirements. The core curriculum consists of 42 semester credit hours in specified component areas. The table below lists core curriculum requirements and courses that may be used to satisfy them.
If a student’s transcript from another Texas public college or university indicates that the student has completed that institution’s core curriculum, no additional core curriculum requirements will be imposed. If a student has not completed the core requirement at another Texas institution prior to entering UTMDACC-SHP, UTMDACC-SHP will accept academic credits from another Texas public college or university in fulfillment of the core curriculum courses successfully completed, with grades of “C” or better only.
The School does not offer lower division core curriculum courses, but has developed a core curriculum in order to accommodate students who transfer from other states or private institutions. If a student enrolls at UTMDACC-SHP prior to completing the core curriculum requirements elsewhere, the student is responsible for completing the core curriculum requirements listed below, and should obtain approval from his or her advisor prior to registering for courses intended to fulfill these requirements. The same requirements also apply to out-of-state students.
Up to 15 hours earned through Credit by Exam may be accepted for credit, with no more than 8 hours accepted for science courses.
Texas Core Curriculum
|Component Area||Credit Hours|
Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts**
Social and Behavioral Sciences
|Total Core Curriculum Semester Credit Hours||42|
|*Communication application of English means the basic proficiency skills acquired during introductory courses and including a working competency of grammar, writing, speaking and listening/comprehension in English. **Humanities application of language skills includes a study of literature in the original language and/or cultural studies related to modern or classical language.|
Bachelor of Science Degree: Academic Requirements
In addition to the above Texas Core Curriculum each program requires specific prerequisites. For more information see the admission and application page for each program:
- Clinical Laboratory Science - Admission and Application
- Cytogenetic Technology - Admission and Application
- Cytotechnology - Admission and Application
- Diagnostic Imaging - Admission and Application
- Histotechnology - Admission and Application
- Medical Dosimetry - Admission and Application
- Molecular Genetic Technology - Admission and Application
- Radiation Therapy - Admission and Application
Applicants to any of the School of Health Professions programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree must satisfy several requirements for admission:
Prerequisite courses - All prerequisite courses must be acceptable as credit for a baccalaureate degree, and required science courses must be lecture and laboratory courses acceptable toward degrees by majors in those fields of study and cannot be survey courses.
GPA - A minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale both overall and in science and mathematics courses is required in all previous college work.
Semester credit hours required - A minimum of 42 general education “core” semester credit hours must be transferred to UTMDACC from an accredited college or university with acceptable transferability of credit. For additional semester credit hours required, please refer to the individual area of study.
A curriculum leading to a baccalaureate degree at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Professions is required to contain a minimum of 130 semester credit hours. All School of Health Professions degree plans require successful completion of 40 or more semester credit hours. Students must be actively enrolled in a School of Health Professions course during the semester they graduate.
Each School of Health Professions degree and/or certificate program* is accredited or approved by one of the following agencies:
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- National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
- Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
- Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)