School of Health Professions Catalog

In 1968, Dr. Charles C. Sprague, then Dean of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, initiated the planning for a new School of Allied Health Professions in Dallas. Dr. Richard D. Burk, Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, was named the first Dean of the school in February 1969. Under his leadership and with the assistance of Associate Dean Harry J. Parker, students were first enrolled in baccalaureate programs for the 1970-71 academic year in Medical Technology, Physical Therapy, and Rehabilitation Science, and in a post-baccalaureate Dietetic Internship.

Dr. John W. Schermerhorn was the first Dean of the School, appointed in August 1971. He was succeeded by Dr. William J. Gonyea in 1985. In 1988, Dr. Vernie A. Stembridge assumed duties as interim Dean. Dr. Gordon Green was appointed Dean in January 1991. In 2006, Dr. Raul Caetano became Dean and served until 2015. Dr. Jon Williamson was appointed Dean of the School in October 2015 after serving as interim Dean for nine months.

The School was renamed the UT Southwestern School of Health Pro­fes­sions in 2008. The School originally was housed in Methodist Hospital’s School of Nursing facilities. From August 1973 until June 1983, it occupied facilities at 6003 Maple Ave. In 1983, the School relocated to the Locke Building, 6011 Harry Hines Blvd. The building subsequently was remodeled and renamed The University of Texas Southwestern Allied Health Sciences School Building (now the UT Southwestern School of Health Professions Building). Permanent facilities in the building include classrooms, clinics, laboratories, and administrative offices for most departments of the School.


UT Southwestern Medical Center is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award master’s, doctoral (Ph.D./D.P.T.) and medical professional (M.D.) degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Normal inquiries about UT Southwestern Medical Center, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to UT Southwestern Medical Center and not to the Commission’s office.

The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.

Education Programs

The Clinical Nutrition Program is granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The Master of Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

The Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant.

The Prosthetics-Orthotics Program is accred­ited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the National Commission on Prosthetic & Orthotic Education.

The Radiation Therapy Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.