College of Health Sciences and Human Services

Academic Programs

Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program - (956) 665-5269

Clinical Laboratory Science or Medical Technology is a profession in which theoretical knowledge of biology and chemistry is applied in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, maintenance of health, organ transplantation and forensic investigation. The Clinical Laboratory Scientist or Medical Technologist typically has a baccalaureate degree while the clinical laboratory technician or medical laboratory technician has an associate degree. Both individuals have received special training in order to perform laboratory procedures in the areas of hematology, microbiology, immunology, blood banking, clinical chemistry and urinalysis.

Communication Sciences & Disorders - (956) 665-7040

The Department offers an undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science and graduate program leading to the Masters of Science degree in Communication Disorders. The undergraduate and graduate programs together enroll approximately 100 students majoring in communication disorders. The graduate program in speech-language pathology is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Council on Academic Accreditation.

Coordinated Program in Dietetics - (956) 665-5264

The Coordinated Program in Dietetics supports the mission of The University of Texas-Pan American and the College of Health Sciences and Human Services. Graduates of the program will be qualified for entry-level positions in administrative, clinical or community dietetics.

Nursing - (956) 665-3491

The Nursing Department supports the mission of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services through programs that educate individuals to meet the health care needs of a culturally diverse society. These programs facilitate the development of competent practitioners with critical thinking skills to provide holistic nursing care to individuals, families, groups, and communities.

Occupational Therapy Program - (956) 665-2475

The department of occupational therapy supports the mission of UTPA by preparing graduate level professionals capable of meeting the challenges of health care and community environments, and the unique needs of growing international and multi-cultural populations of the south Texas region. Faculty and students engage in and promote scholarly inquiry and service which support the health and wellness of the community.

Cooperative Pharmacy Program - (956) 665-5255

The Mission of Cooperative Pharmacy Program is to enhance the knowledge, health, and well being of the people we serve in concert with the mission, vision, and values of both cooperating campuses of the University of Texas through the recruitment, training, and retention of proficient Doctor of Pharmacy trained pharmacists. The program will strive to encourage the provision of pharmaceutical care by cultivation in our graduates critical thinking skills and an appreciate for the need for life-long learning.

Physician Assistant Studies Program - (956) 665-7049

The mission of the Physician Assistant Studies Program (PASP) at the University of Texas – Pan American (UTPA) is to provide an advanced education to physician assistant students who are capable of rendering preventive and primary health care to the multicultural population of South Texas. The PASP promotes the importance of lifelong learning and ongoing self-evaluation in its students.

Rehabilitation, Department of - (956) 665-7036

The Department of Rehabilitation is committed to providing quality, comprehensive education to University of Texas-Pan American students on a variety of topics related to people with disabilities. An underlying philosophy of dignity and respect for all people, including those with disabilities, is taught and modeled. The Department of Rehabilitation is also committed to integrating theory and practice in the classroom. The Bachelor of Science Degree in Rehabilitative Services prepares students with practical, hands on skills necessary to successfully enter the work force or graduate school. The Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling Program prepares students for a profession in rehabilitation counseling through knowledge and skills development in individual and group counseling, vocational assessment, job analysis and placement, medical and psychosocial aspects of disability, case management and research in rehabilitation. The program philosophy is to assist and empower persons with disabilities in adjusting/adapting to their vocational and personal lives. The Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling is designed primarily to prepare students to become rehabilitation educators, researchers and administrators, and additionally offers the academic preparation to become certified as rehabilitation counselors.

Social Work - (956) 665-3575

The Department of Social Work is committed to preparing entry-level generalists and advanced professional social workers to meet the needs of a bi-national and multicultural community. The educational emphasis is on social work practice with Latino families considering multicultural awareness, professional competence, ethical practice, knowledge building, and social services that promote social and economic justice in a bi-national environment.