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:
2011 - 2012 Approved Addenda (pdf): an update on course listings, admission considerations and vaccination requirements 

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 AreaCredit Hours

Communication (English rhetoric/composition)*
ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302, ENGL 1311, ENGL 1312, ENGL 2311, ENGL 2314, ENGL 2315, or equivalent


Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts**
Must include:
3 hours in visual and performing arts -- courses with prefixes ARTS, DANC, MUAP, MUEN, MUSI, DRAM or equivalent
3 hours in “other” including literature, philosophy, modern or classical language/literature, and cultural studies


3 hours in college algebra -- MATH 1314 or higher
3 hours in statistics -- MATH 1342, MATH 1442, MATH 2342, MATH 2442, or PSYC 2317, or equivalent


Natural Sciences
Courses with the prefix BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, PHYS, or other natural sciences


Social and Behavioral Sciences
Must include:
6 hours of U.S. history -- either HIST 1301 & HIST 1302, or HIST 1301 & HIST 2301, or HIST 1302 & HIST 2301 (May include Texas History)
6 hours in political science -- GOVT 2301 & GOVT 2302, or GOVT 2301 & GOVT 2305, or GOVT 2301 & GOVT 2306, or GOVT 2305 & GOVT 2306 (Must include U. S. and Texas Constitutions)
3 hours in social/behavioral science -- Courses with prefixes ANTH, ECON, CRIJ, GEOG, PSYC, SOCI, and SOCW

Total Core Curriculum Semester Credit Hours42
*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:


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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