Departments & Programs
Border Health Office - (956) 665-8900
Created in 1990, the UTPA Border Health Office offers various programs that enhance efforts to further the university's goals of becoming an outstanding research institution, emphasizing collaborative partnerships and entrepreneurship, enhancing the university's engagement with the community to meet challenges and maximize opportunities, as well as infusing Inter-American and global perspectives throughout the University community.
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
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitative Services, a student must complete a curriculum of at least 124 hours; included in this is 57 hours of major required and support course work. A supervised practicum of 320 hours in an approved rehabilitation setting is required during the last semester of study. Students typically apply to the Program in the Spring semester of their sophomore year. Graduates from the Program are qualified to begin a career in a variety of human service settings that provide assistance to people with disabilities. Additionally, most students are academically prepared to apply for graduate school in Rehabilitation or a related field.
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.
South Texas Border Health Disparities Center - (956) 665-7937
The South Texas Border Health Disparities Center focuses on enhancing the institutional capacity of UTPA researchers to conduct health disparities research with a particular emphasis on the prevention of obesity, diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease among the largely Hispanic population along the U.S.-Mexico border.