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

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COMLEX Pass Rates

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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

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M.S. or Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences Program Achievements, 2019-20

(Note: includes Biomedical Sciences M.S. and Ph.D. programs)

  • Enrollment: The GSBS matriculated 21 Ph.D. students and 5 MS students.
  • Time to complete the PhD program: The average time to degree for doctoral students graduating in the last three years is 4.95 years.
  • Time to complete the MS program: The average time to degree for MS students graduating in the last three years (FY 2018-20) is 2.79 years.
  • Graduation Rates:  Among graduates who graduated within 2019-20, 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. For 2019-20, the PhD program had an academic attrition rate of approximately 3% and approximately 6% attrition for other reasons (personal, health) which is lower than that typical found in PhD science programs. The Traditional MS program had zero percent attrition in 2019-20.
  • 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 94% of PhD students graduating in the past 3 years (FY 2017-2020) found employment in a science-related position within 6 months of completion.  One hundred 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 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. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2019-20 survey was not deployed.

Specialized M.S. Degree Programs Achievements, 2019-20

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

  • Enrollment: For 2019-20, enrollment included 236 Medical Science, 13 Medical Science Research Track, 1 Biotechnology, 5 Forensic Genetics, and 10 Clinical Research Management students.
  • Attrition: Student attrition was 2% (3 students dismissed for academic reasons; 1 students took a leave of absence and returned Fall 2020).
  • Graduation Rates: The program strives for graduation rates >85%.
    • Medical Science – 90% graduation rate (23 of the original 236 students changed majors to Clinical Research Management or Medical Science Research Track; 21 students withdrew, were dismissed, or did not meet program requirements for graduation)
    • Clinical Research Management – 90% graduation rate (9 of the original 10 students graduated; 1 student did not complete graduation requirements but is still enrolled)
    • Biotechnology – For 2019-20, only one Biotechnology major was enrolled. Although he did not complete program requirements during the academic year, he did graduate in the 2020-21 academic year.
    • Forensic Genetics – 80% graduation rate (4 students completed graduation requirements; 1 student did not complete graduation requirements but remained enrolled)    .
  • 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 2019-May 2020 cohort, 88 percent of students in all MS Specialized Programs earned an 80 percent or higher pass rate on exams and 45 percent of students in all MS Specialized program earned a 90 percent or higher pass rate on exams in Biochemistry (BMSC 5301), Molecular Cell Biology (BMSC 5302), Immunology and Microbiology (BMSC 5303), Physiology (BMSC 5304), and Pharmacology (BMSC 5305). Eight (8) students (3%) were dismissed or had to repeat a course due to failure.
    For the FGEN program, the class of 2020 represented the last cohort of the program. These students completed BMSC 6201, 6202, 6203, and 6204 in the 2019-19 year. Eighty percent (4/5) students successfully completed the oral and written defense of their internship practicum work, demonstrating their proficiency in forensic genetics research.
    Ninety (9/10) percent of CRM students from the cohort successfully completed the oral and written defense of their internship practicum experience, demonstrating their knowledge in the field.
  • Medical/Dental/PA School Placement (MS in Medical Science Program): There were 236 Medical Science students who matriculated in the class of 2019-20; 192 students graduated in May 2020. Of the 192 graduates, 183 self-reported their professional school application information. Of those 183 respondents, 68 (37% ) reported that they 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. Fifty-four (54) percent of the remaining respondents reported acceptance to professional programs as of early May 2020. This number typically increases between May and July as waitlisted applicants are made offers.
    Of the 236 matriculants to the 2019-20 class, 6 transferred to Clinical Research Management and 17 transferred to the Medical Science Research Track.
  • Internship: Students in Biotechnology, Clinical Research Management, Forensic Genetics and Medical Science Research Track 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 these students will be rated Acceptable (meets expectations) or above. Results for FY 2019-20 indicate that 100% of these students were rated at Acceptable or above.
  • Employment: Data indicate that 100% of graduates in the Clinical Research Management, Medical Science Research Track 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 ProgramAt 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. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2019-20 survey was not deployed.
  • 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

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Master of Physician Assistant Program Achievements

  • National Certificate Pass Rates: The first time PANCE pass rate for 2020 graduates was 99%. The HSC at Fort Worth Physician Assistant Department has achieved 99-100% pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) since 2015. Additionally, the percentage of graduates who pass on their first attempt has exceeded the national average for the past 19 years.
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  • 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.
  • Graduate Surveys: Over the past 5 years, PA graduates rated the “overall quality” of their education with average ratings spanning from 3.6 to 3.3 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 96.5% of graduates rated their preparation as “good” to “excellent.”

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Achievement, 2018-2020

  • National Certificate Pass Rates: The ultimate pass rate for the HSC Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) is 100% from 2018 through 2020.  DPT graduates have a 100% overall pass rates since 2014. The first-time pass rate for the NPTE for the 2020 graduates is 100%. The first time NPTE pass rate for US accredited candidates is 93.1%.  The first-time pass rates for HSC DPT was 91.3% and 88.9% for 2019 and 2018, respectively. The national first-time pass rate was 90.5 and 90.9% for all US accredited candidates.
  • Job Placement: From those eligible and choosing to be employed, 100% of the DPT graduates from 2018 through 2019 are employed as physical therapists within six months of graduation. Data for the 2020 graduates is pending.
  • Employer Surveys: 100% of employers surveyed for the DPT 2018 and 2019 graduates indicated competencies at entry level and beyond in ethical and professional behaviors. 100% of employers rated at or above entry level for all graduate outcomes of the DPT program. Data for 2020 is pending.

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School of Public Health

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Master of Public Health (MPH)

  • National Certified in Public Health (CPH) Examination: For the 2019-2020 academic year, the MPH Program maintained a CPH pass rate above the national average in each core area.
  • Competency Assessment: In the 2019-2020 Academic Year, 90% 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 2019-2020, the degree completion rate was 75%.
  • 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 95% of graduates from 2018-2019 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 2019-2020 the degree completion rate within two to three years was 73%.
  • Alumni Survey: 75% of alumni surveyed in 2019-2020 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 Data collected from exit surveys and alumni surveys indicated that 100% of graduates from 2019-2020 reported being employed in the field within 12 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 2019-2020 Academic Year, the first attempt pass rate was 100% in all concentration areas.
  • Competency Assessment: In the 2019-2020 Academic Year, 100% of students surveyed at graduation indicated that their level of mastery of the Program competencies rate was good or excellent.
  • Job Placement Rates: The PhD aims to have at least 80% of alumni employed within 12 months of graduation. Data collected from exit surveys and alumni surveys indicated that 100% of graduates from 2019-2020 reported being employed 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
  • Residency Match Rates

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