Student Achievement

Excellence in education is a central focus of the UNT Health Science Center’s mission to “Create solutions for a healthier community.” To ensure educational excellence, each UNTHSC school evaluates success with respect to student achievement in accordance with the educational and professional standards of the given discipline. Factors considered by the schools include degree completion, performance on professional licensing examinations, and placement following graduation in related residencies or jobs. The specific parameters tracked by each school are outlined below.

Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

COMLEX Pass Rates

See Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine COMLEX-USA Performance Data

Graduation Rates

Six-year graduation rates for TCOM over the past five years ranged from 92% – 97% with the average graduation rate of 95%.

Year
TCOM Graduation Rates
2013-2014
93%
2014-2015
97%
2015-2016
95%
2016-2017
98%
2017-2018
96%
2018-2019
94%
2019-2020
96%

Residency Match Rates

Residency match rates for TCOM over the past five years ranges from 99% -100% with the average residency match rate of 99%.

Year
TCOM Residency Match Rates
2013-2014
99%
2014-2015
100%
2015-2016
100%
2016-2017
99%
2017-2018
99%
2018-2019
99%
2019-2020
99%

See Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine Residency Placement Data

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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

See Characteristics of Texas Public Doctoral Programs

M.S. or Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences Program Achievements, 2017-18

(Note: includes Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program, Biomedical Sciences Research Master’s program, and Forensic Genetics Master’s program.)

  • Enrollment:The GSBS matriculated 12 Ph.D. students and 6 MS students.
  • Time to complete the PhD program:The average time to degree for doctoral students graduating in the last three years is 4.6 years.
  • Time to complete the MS program:The average time to degree for doctoral students graduating in the last three years (FY 2016-17) is 1.93 years.
  • Graduation Rates:Among graduates who graduated within 2017-18, 100% of PhD graduates completed the degree within 10 years; 100% of MS students completed within 6 years.
  • Attrition:Program goal is while maintaining the highest quality standards, to retain student attrition below 10% per cohort. The PhD program has had an academic attrition rate of approximately 1% and approximately 3% attrition for other reasons (personal, health) which is lower than that typical found in PhD science programs. The Traditional MS program has had an attrition rate of approximately 4% (one student for personal reasons), slightly below that typical in MS science programs.
  • Publications by PhD students:100% of PhD students have one or more publication at the time of graduation.
  • Employment in a science-related position:Data indicate that 97% of PhD students graduating in the past 3 years (FY 2016-2018) found employment in a science-related position within 6 months of completion. Ninety-eight percent of research Master’s students in the same time period found scientific employment or entered another academic program within 6 months of graduation.
  • Student Satisfaction with their – At the end of the program, students will state that they will recommend their major (program) to future students and will recommend UNTHSC as a great place to get an education. Student satisfaction of our programs is reviewed through the Student Satisfaction Survey and is an important indicator of the quality of the training and whether we meet the students’ expectations of the institution. This target represents a balance between what is realistic and challenging and leaves room for improvement. Importantly, it is also part of our efforts to build a culture of continual assessment and improvement of our programs. Students were asked two questions to assess their satisfactions with the Specialized MS Program in which they were enrolled. This was the first year for this assessment. Core survey questions ask students to rate services or areas based on whether they exceed expectations, meet expectations, or are below expectations of the respondent. Results were provided with indicated the percentage of respondents who chose “meet” or “exceed” expectations for a particular area and exclude those selecting no opinion. Data provided to us was a Net Promoter Score (NPS), which is a customer loyalty metric. A NPS ranges from -100 (everyone is a detractor) and +100 (everyone is a promotor. An NPS that is positive is felt to be a good score, and an NPS of +50 is considered an excellent score. 89 Traditional PhD and MS Students responded to the survey. How likely would you be to recommend your major (or program) at UNTHSC to future students? Results indicate 34 percent of respondents were promoters (answered 9 or 10 on a scale of 0 to 10 where 0= not likely at all and 10 = extremely likely); 29 percent were passive (answered 7 or 8); and 37 percent (answered 0 to 6) were detractors. This means 63 percent of the students would recommend their program to other students. How likely would you be to recommend UNTHSC as a great place to get an education? Results indicate 37 percent of respondents were promoters and thus, though that the UNTHSC was a great place to get an education; 28 percent were passive; and 35 percent were detractors (did not think that the UNTHSC was a great place to get an education. This means 65 percent of the students would recommend their program to other students.

 

Specialized M.S. Degree Programs Achievements, 2017-18

MS in Medical Science, M.S. in Clinical Research Management (CRM), M.S. in Biotechnology, and M.S. in Forensic Genetics

  • Enrollment: The Specialized MS Degree Programs continue to receive high quality applications. There were 738 applications for the MS in Medical Science program and 219 students were enrolled. There were 10 applications for the CRM program, 3 were enrolled, and 6 who transferred into the program from the MS in Medical Science program in FY 2017-18. There were 0 applications for the Biotechnology program, and 1 enrolled who was in an internship. There were 20 applications for the FGEN program, and 5 enrolled. These data indicate that prospective students consider these programs to be highly effective.
  • Attrition: Student attrition between Summer 2017 and Summer 2018 has been 0.01% (4 students dismissed for academic reasons; 13 students withdrew from the program; 4 students are repeating courses, or taking additional courses, in order to graduate; 2 students took a leave of absence and have returned fall 2017 or spring 2018).
  • Graduation Rates: The program strives for graduation rates >85%. In FY 2017-18 the graduation rate was 96% of Medical Science students, 100% of CRM students, and 100% of Biotechnology students. Four (4) students (.02%) were dismissed, 7 students (0.035%) had to take additional courses to improve their GPA, or had to repeat a course due to failing a course; 6 Medical Science students transferred to the Clinical Research Management program and are completing an internship. Two (2) students entered the Medical Science Anatomy Track and 7 students entered the Medical Science Integrative Physiology Track in summer 2018 and will graduate in May 2019.
  • Demonstrate core knowledge of biomedical sciences and acquire problem solving skills: Students are expected to demonstrate basic science knowledge and problem solving skills as part of written examinations in BMSC 5301 Biochemistry, BMSC 5302 Molecular and Cell Biology, BMSC 5303 Immunology and Microbiology, BMSC 5304 Physiology, and BMSC 5305 Pharmacology. The target is that 80% of students in all MS Specialized Programs will earn an 80% or higher pass rate on exams and 10% of students in all MS Specialized program will earn a 90% or higher pass rate on written exams. Medical Science students will also demonstrate basic science knowledge and problem solving skills as part of written examinations in PHAN 5401 Gross Anatomy and PHAN 5400 Histology. FGEN Program students will demonstrate basic science knowledge and problem solving skills as part of written examinations in BMSC 6201(Fundamentals of Biomedical Sciences I (Biochemistry), BMSC 6202 (Fundamentals of Biomedical Sciences II (Molecular Biology), BMSC 5203 (Fundamentals of Biomedical Sciences III (Immunology) and BMSC 6204 (Fundamentals of Biomedical Sciences IV Physiology & Pharmacology) and in the advanced Forensic Genetics courses, including Mock Case and Moot Court.Results indicate that for the Summer 2017-May 2018 cohort, 90 percent of students in all MS Specialized Programs earned an 80 percent or higher pass rate on exams and 50 percent of students in all MS Specialized program earned a 90 percent or higher pass rate on written exams in BMSC 5301 Biochemistry, BMSC 5302 Molecular and Cell Biology, BMSC 5303 Immunology and Microbiology, BMSC 5304 Physiology, and BMSC 5305 Pharmacology. Four (4) students (0.02%) were dismissed or had to repeat a course due to failing the course. For the FGEN students, results indicate that 62% earned an 80 percent or higher pass rate on exams and 9 percent earned a 90 percent or higher pass rate on written exams in BMSC 6201, BMSC 6202, BMSC 6204, and BMSC 6204. 100 percent of FGEN students passed moot court exercise on first attempt. 90 percent of Biotech and CRM students from the 2016-18 cohort successfully completed the oral and written defense of their thesis research, demonstrating their knowledge in their respective fields of study. 100 percent of FGEN students scored satisfactory in the mock case exercise, demonstrating their knowledge of the methodology employed in forensic DNA examinations. 100 percent of FGEN students scored satisfactory in their moot court exercise, demonstrating foundational science and methodology required and implemented in forensic DNA examinations. 90 percent of FGEN students from the 2016-18 cohort successfully completed the oral and written defense of their thesis research, demonstrating their proficiency in forensic genetics research.
  • Medical/Dental/PA School Placement (MS in Medical Science Program): There were 219 Medical Science students who matriculated in the class of 2017-18; 197 students graduated in May 2018. Seventy-six (76) percent of those that graduated self-reported that (students self-report so the percentage may be higher) that they have been accepted into medical school, dental school, PA, or graduate school during the year of the program. Twenty-four (24) percent of students waited to apply to medical school until after they graduated from the program. Waiting to apply to professional school until have completing the Medical Science program has been a trend that will continue because students want the medical schools to see their complete record of performance while in the Medical Science Program in their medical school application. Six (6) Medical Science students transferred into the Clinical Research Management Program and are in internships. Two (2) students entered the Medical Science Research Track in summer 2018 and will graduate in May 2019. Four (4) students were dismissed for academic reasons; 4 students are repeating courses, or taking additional courses in order to graduate; 2 students took a leave of absence and one returned Fall 2018 and one will return in Spring 2019 to complete the program.
  • Internship: Students in the Biotechnology and Clinical Research Management Programs are expected to demonstrate problem solving skills, use scientific methods for experimental design, and written and verbal communication skills during internship practicum which occurs in their second year. The target is that at least 95 percent of Biotechnology and Clinical Research Management students will be rated Acceptable (meets expectations) or above. Results for FY 2017-2018 indicate that 100% of Biotechnology and Clinical Research Management and Biotechnology students were rated at Acceptable or above.
  • Employment: Data indicate that 100% of graduates in the Clinical Research Management and Biotechnology, and Forensic Genetic Programs were successfully employed or enrolled in professional or graduate school for additional degree within 6 months of graduation from the program.
  • Student Satisfaction with their Program- At the end of the program, students will state that they will recommend their major (program) to future students and will recommend UNTHSC as a great place to get an education. Student satisfaction of our programs is reviewed through the Student Satisfaction Survey and is an important indicator of the quality of the training and whether we meet the students’ expectations of the institution. This target represents a balance between what is realistic and challenging and leaves room for improvement. Importantly, it is also part of our efforts to build a culture of continual assessment and improvement of our programs. Students were asked two questions to assess their satisfactions with the Specialized MS Program in which they were enrolled. This was the first year for this assessment. Core survey questions ask students to rate services or areas based on whether they exceed expectations, meet expectations, or are below expectations of the respondent. Results were provided with indicated the percentage of respondents who chose “meet” or “exceed” expectations for a particular area and exclude those selecting no opinion. Data provided to us was a Net Promoter Score (NPS), which is a customer loyalty metric. A NPS ranges from -100 (everyone is a detractor) and +100 (everyone is a promotor. An NPS that is positive is felt to be a good score, and an NPS of +50 is considered an excellent score. 195 (97 percent) Specialized MS Students responded to the survey. How likely would you be to recommend your major (or program) at UNTHSC to future students? Results indicate 54 percent of respondents were promoters (answered 9 or 10 on a scale of 0 to 10 where 0= not likely at all and 10 = extremely likely); 19 percent were passive (answered 7 or 8); and 27 percent (answered 0 to 6) were detractors. This means763 percent of the students would recommend their program to other students. How likely would you be to recommend UNTHSC as a great place to get an education? Results indicate 60 percent of respondents were promoters and thus, though that the UNTHSC was a great place to get an education; 26 percent were passive; and 14 percent were detractors (did not think that the UNTHSC was a great place to get an education. This means 86 percent of the students would recommend their program to other students.
  • Continuous Quality Improvement: The Specialized MS programs prepare students for admission to medical school or for a professional career. A course in Structural Anatomy, which includes hands-on selected regional dissection, prosections, anatomical models, and an introduction to ultrasound prepares the Medical Science students for medical gross anatomy. A series of skills workshops (application, interview, study, test taking, time management, professionalism, leadership, etc.) covers the non-academic aspects of the medical admissions process. An Interview Workshop prepares students for interviews for medical/dental/veterinarian/PA schools. Each student receives a traditional and a Multi-mini mock interview with faculty. Additional mock interviews are available upon request. The program continues to add new skills workshops as needed. A course in Laboratory Management (BMSC) and in Industry Practice (BMSC) prepares the traditional MS and PhD, CRM, Biotechnology and FGEN students for the job interview and the workforce. The Scientific Communications course helps these students improve their writing and presentation skills. An internship practicum allows the student to gain hands-on training and the experience required to obtain a job. New internship sites are recruited each year to meet the needs of our students. A Research Track is now an option made available to the Medical Science students who want to add research experiences (e.g., Structural Anatomy, Integrative Physiology) to their portfolio. Students add an additional year to their program (graduate in May 2019). They may take advanced courses in their respective discipline and work under the guidance of a major professor and graduate advisory committee. These students work in a research lab and are required to develop and complete a practicum project and defend a final practicum report.

The Specialized Master’s Degree Programs undergoes an Operational Assessment once every five years. The purpose of an Operational Assessment is to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement through a thorough, comprehensive, and objective review process. All operational activities in support of the programs normal scope of administrative, academic, and research activities are considered in the review, including budget and capital resources. The operational assessment is expected to be developmental and should result in continuous improvement of services, processes, and performance without being threatening in any degree or form. Specific operational assessment objectives may be identified for a particular department and recommended by the department to a Review Committee. The Review Committee is appointed by the Dean of the GSBS and includes industry leaders from outside the UNTHSC and a faculty member of the GSBS.

Program Improvement Examples:

  1. Re-Appointment of separate program directors for each of the three programs.
  2. Assignment of additional graduate faculty advisors to assist in the academic advising of 220+ MS in Medical Science students
  3. Continuation of monthly focus meetings with students
  4. Provide mock interviews for medical/dental/PA professional schools or for jobs
  5. Limiting internship practicum projects to those activities not requiring a new IRB protocol
  6. Recruitment of graduate faculty to serve as major professors and mentors for students in the CRM, Biotech and FGEN programs
  7. Reorganization of the Biotechnology program based on its Operational Assessment evaluation

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School of Health Professions


Master of Physician Assistant Program Achievements

  • National Certificate Pass Rates:The first time PANCE pass rate for 2018 graduates was 100%. PA graduates from UNTHSC have exceeded the national first-time pass rate on the PANCE every year for the past 10 years and have scored 100% first-time pass rate in 5 of the last 6 years. The five-year average first time pass rate is 99%, as compared to the national average of 94%.
  • Job Placement: Based on overall feedback from survey respondents, 96% of UNTHSC’s PA graduates over the past 5 years are employed clinically or in job related to research, education and other health-related fields. For the most recent class in 2018, 100% of the licensed graduates in Texas are employed as PAs.
  • Graduate Surveys: Over the past 5 years, PA graduates rated the “overall quality” of their education with average ratings spanning from 3.2 to 3.4 on a scale of 1-4, where 3.0 was considered “good” and 4.0 was considered “excellent.” When asked how well the program had prepared them to work as a PA, an average of 94.4% of graduates rated their preparation as “good” to “excellent.”

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Achievement, 2014-2018

  • National Certificate Pass Rates:
  • Partial results for the overall National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) pass rate for 2018 graduates is 93.3%; the ultimate pass rate of 94.0% for all US accredited candidates. For 2018, partial results for the first time NPTE pass rate with three students scheduled to take the exam late Oct 2018 are currently at 88.9%. The first time NPTE pass rate for US accredited candidates is 92.3%.The ultimate pass rate for 2017 graduates is 97.5%; compared to the ultimate pass rate of 98.5% for US accredited candidates. The pass rate for the 2017 class is inconclusive as we have one student who will be testing again. The first time NPTE pass rate for 2017 graduates is 90.0%, compared to the national average of 92.5% for US accredited candidates. The overall NPTE pass rate from 2014 through 2016 graduates is 100%.
  • Job Placement: From those eligible and choosing to be employed, 100% of the 2017, 2016 and 2015 graduates are employed as Physical Therapists within six months of graduation. Data from 2018 is still pending.
  • Employer Surveys: 100% of employers of the 2015-2017 graduates rated them as “competent” and “beyond entry level” in ethical and professional skills. More than 75% of employers who returned the survey indicated that graduates are “above” or “well above” average as compared with graduates from other PT programs. Data for 2018 is still pending.

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School of Public Health

See Characteristics of Texas Public Doctoral Programs

Master of Public Health (MPH)

  • National Certified in Public Health (CPH) Examination: For the 2017-2018 academic year, the MPH Program maintained a CPH pass rate above the national average in each core area.
  • Competency Assessment: In the 2017-2018 Academic Year, 87% of students surveyed at graduation indicated that their level of mastery of the Program competencies rate was good or excellent.
  • Degree Completion Rates: The maximum time to graduate is six years and the MPH Program aims for a minimum 70% completion rate. In 2017-2018 the degree completion rate was 77%.
  • Job Placement Rates: The MPH Program aims to have at least 80% of alumni employed within 12 months of graduation. Data collected from exit surveys and alumni surveys indicated that 96% of graduates from 2017-2018 reported being employed in the field of public health or seeking further education within 12 months of graduation.

Master of Health Administration (MHA)

  • Degree Completion Rates: The maximum time to graduate is six years and the MHA Program aims for a minimum 80% completion rate within three years. In 2017-2018 the degree completion rate within two to three years was 88%.
  • Alumni Survey: 60% of alumni surveyed in 2017-2018 indicated that the competencies adequately prepared them for work in the field, and all indicated they would recommend the MHA program to others.
  • Job Placement Rates: The MHA aims to have at least 80% of alumni employed within 12 months of graduation. Data collected from exist surveys and alumni surveys indicated that 80% of graduates from 2017-2018 reported being employed in the field within 3 months.

PhD (Public Health Sciences)

  • Comprehensive Examination: The Program aims for a minimum pass rate of 80% amongst students taking the concentration specific comprehensive examination as a first attempt. In the 2017-2018 Academic Year, the first attempt pass rate was 83.3% in all concentration areas
  • Competency Assessment: In the 2017-2018 Academic Year, no PhD student graduated thus, it was not possible to assess their level of mastery of the Program competencies.
  • Job Placement Rates: The PhD aims to have at least 80% of alumni employed within 12 months of graduation. No PhD students graduated in 2017-2018 thus, it was not possible to assess their employment in the field within 12 months.

College of Pharmacy

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The UNTHSC College of Pharmacy had its first graduating cohort in spring 2017. Examples of student achievement measures that are tracked by UNTHSC for the College of Pharmacy graduates include:

  • National pass rates on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX)
  • Employment rates
  • Graduation rates
  • Graduate Student Satisfaction
  • Research ranking

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