The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033-4097, to award certificates and baccalaureate, master's, doctoral, and professional degrees. The institution was last reviewed and reaffirmed in 2008. The institution's accreditation extends through 2018, and includes all programs offered on the institution's main campus as well as those offered at all extended program sites.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the Health Science Center. Note: The Commission should only be contacted 1) to learn about the institution's accreditation status, 2) to file a third-party comment at the time of the institution's accreditation review, or 3) to file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement. All normal inquiries about admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc. should be addressed directly to the Health Science Center and not the Commission's office.
The Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) program, the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Dental Hygiene, and the advanced dental education programs in endodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics, general dentistry, orthodontics and dental facial orthopaedics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and dental diagnostic science are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 211 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60611.
School of Health Professions
- Clinical Laboratory Sciences
The Clinical Laboratory Sciences program and the Cytogenetics program are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119.
- Emergency Health Sciences
The EHS Department Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)and the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions, 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088.
- Occupational Therapy
The Occupational Therapy programs are accredited through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association. The council may be contacted at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, Md. 20824-1220.
- Physical Therapy
The Department of Physical Therapy offers a three-year, full-time Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree, which is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The commission is an independent part of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The commission may be contacted at 1111 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, Va. 22314-1488.
- Physician Assistant Studies
The Physician Assistant Studies' entry level professional program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The commission may be contacted at 12000 Findley Road, Suite 240, Duluth, Ga. 30097.
- Respiratory Care
The Respiratory Care baccalaureate education program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021-4244.
School of Medicine
The Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) program is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for accreditation of programs of medical education leading to the M.D. degree in the United States. Accreditation surveys occur approximately every eight years with the most recent being in January 2011. After the most recent survey, the undergraduate medical education program of the School of Medicine was given a status of accreditation with probation. The School of Medicine program remains fully accredited, and the LCME ruling does not prevent students from seeking elective clerkships, residency program assignments or financial aid, nor prevent them from taking certification exams. Our graduates perform well by national standards and are matched to highly competitive residencies in specialties of their choice.
The Deaf Education and Hearing Science (M.D.E.H.S.) program is accredited by the Council on the Education of the Deaf, 800 Florida Avenue N.E., Washington, DC 20002-3695. The council is an organization sponsored by the five national premiere organizations in deafness, and maintains high standards for persons working with dead and/or hard-of-hearing students in all educational settings.
School of Nursing
The baccalaureate program is accredited by the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas, 333 Guadalupe St., #3-460, Austin, Texas 78701; 512-305-7400. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) and the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) programs have received full accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C.