The basic requirement for admission is a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution in the United States or proof of equivalent training at a foreign university. The applicant must have maintained satisfactory grades, especially in appropriate courses, in upper‑division work (junior and senior level) and in any graduate work already completed. The applicant must submit the general test score on the Graduate Record Examination. Admission is competitive. Application must be approved by the academic Program and by the Admissions Committee in the intended major area of study.
Admissions decisions will be made in accordance with UT Southwestern’s institutional admissions policy, the School of Health Professions admissions policy, and established program-specific procedures, all of which are available through the Dean’s Office.
The following criteria are not intended to replace prerequisites or state requirements or to negate legitimate qualifications for specific health professions. Admission decisions may be based upon any combination of the following considerations:
- Texas residency;
- Scores on entrance examinations;
- Prior college‑level academic performance (overall grade‑point average, science grade‑point average, etc.);
- Special and unique talents and accomplishments: artistic, scientific, intellectual, manual and/or computer skills; leadership (health‑related or community); participation in extracurricular activities;
- Experience: work history (health‑related or nonhealth‑related), special honors, community service, and research;
- Measures of motivation: letters of recommendation, grade improvements and trends, applicant essay (e.g., “Please discuss how your experience and environment have shaped your intellectual and personal development and your interest in health professions.”);
- Demographic and geographic information: rural or inner‑city home address or ZIP code, rural or inner‑city high school, magnet high school (health‑related or nonhealth‑related);
- Social and economic background: first in family to attend high school or college, parents’ occupations, parents’ educational attainment;
- Communication skills: writing samples, portfolio of work, interview (individual or small group), multilingual.
UT Southwestern values diversity because it enhances the educational experience of our students and enriches the Medical Center community. Welcoming a diverse student body is imperative as UTSW strives to provide the state with health care professionals who mirror the population they serve. The School of Health Professions actively publicizes career opportunities, recruits students of varied backgrounds and all races, and responds to Texas’ changing needs for health professionals.
UT Southwestern is committed to attracting and maintaining a high level of diversity within its student body. To meet this goal, we offer programs and organizations that support the needs and career aspirations of students, particularly those from underrepresented minority groups.
The UT Southwestern Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion is dedicated to helping ensure students’ success. The Office promotes effective communication with minority students, supports student organizations, and maintains contact with faculty and appropriate Departments. The Office also fosters the development of minority faculty, thereby increasing the number of minority mentors for our students.
Students may be accepted to UT Southwestern School of Health Professions in one of the following categories:
- Regular Student
- The applicant has fully satisfied the requirements for admission to a degree Program.
- Conditionally Accepted Student
- Some degree Programs accept applicants who have not fully satisfied the requirements for admission to a degree Program. Any student so admitted will agree, at the time of admission, to a specific, written plan for the removal of deficiencies. The plan must include the course name(s), the number of deficient credit hours and a time‑phased schedule for completion of the course(s). The plan also will include notification that, if the terms are not met, the student will not be allowed to enroll further at UT Southwestern. All such plans for conditionally accepted students must be approved by the Dean or Associate Dean before being transmitted to the student for signature.
- Special Student (not seeking a degree or certificate)
- Admission as a special student is possible under certain circumstances. Special students must have approval of the appropriate Program Director and the Dean or Associate Dean to register under this status. To be accepted as a special student, an applicant must provide documentation of successful completion of, or exemption from, the Texas TASP examination to the Office of Enrollment Services for approval. The applicant also must submit one or more of the following: 1) official transcript(s), 2) certified copies of diplomas and 3) official grade reports from accredited institutions.
- Without approval of the Dean or Associate Dean, a special student cannot enroll for more than six semester hours in a given semester or for more than a total of 12 semester hours. Applicants seeking special‑student status must meet the same requirements as regular students, including necessary immunizations.
- Certificate Student
- The applicant may be admitted to a certificate Program by meeting the admission requirements of that particular Program. A certificate‑Program student who subsequently desires to pursue a degree must make a formal application for admission. Such admission is not assured.
- Non‑UT Southwestern Student
- UT Southwestern’s capacity to accommodate students from other institutions who wish to take courses or undertake an elective rotation is extremely limited.
- UT Southwestern cannot reserve classroom or clinical positions in advance for any students other than those enrolled in UT Southwestern’s degree or certificate Programs. The burden placed on UT Southwestern’s faculty to provide adequate supervision to UT Southwestern students and the demands placed upon the limited number of supervised clinical‑placement sites leave scant room for students from other institutions.
- In the unlikely event that UT Southwestern has excess capacity on its clinical teaching services for well‑trained elective students from other accredited schools, UT Southwestern will consider applications from those students on a department‑by‑department “exception” basis. All such exceptions are subject to review and approval by the Dean or Dean’s designee, and the student must apply for “special student” admission to UT Southwestern School of Health Professions.
All individuals, including people with disabilities, who apply for admission to UT Southwestern School of Health Professions must be able to perform specific essential functions, with or without accommodations. Essential functions are the basic activities that a student must be able to perform to complete the Program’s curriculum. No applicant who can perform the School’s essential functions – either with or without reasonable accommodations – will be denied consideration for admission. Information regarding how to request reasonable accommodation due to disability and UT Southwestern’s Learners with Disabilities Policy is available from the Dean’s Office or Student Academic Support Services. This information is also included in the material sent to all accepted applicants.
Each School of Health Professions student must be able to perform the following essential functions, with or without accommodation, in addition to any essential functions specific to the particular program of study, which are listed in the Program sections below.
- Attend scheduled classes and laboratory sessions and be present for examination and testing;
- Travel to practicum sites and have mobility within and around the sites;
- Assimilate information presented via lecture, handouts, videos, discussions, computer and/or other educational modalities;
- Complete assignments such as written assignments, oral presentations, class participation, examinations and computer‑based activities;
- Apply the assimilated information to appropriate clinical situations;
- Communicate effectively with patients/clients, their families, faculty and other professionals using oral, telephonic, written and computer modalities in private and group settings; and
- Make effective use of learning resources at UT Southwestern and affiliated facilities.
For prospective students, the “General Information” site of the catalog contains additional onboarding information, including:
- Background Check
- Policy Against Discrimination
- Residency Defined
- Active Military Service
- Academic Fresh Start
- Required Immunizations
- AIDS, HIV, and Hepatitis B Virus Policy
- Bacterial Meningitis
UT Southwestern Medical Center offers distance learning courses to on-campus and off-campus students enrolled for academic credit in the health professions or for continuing education.
Graduate courses are under development by UT Southwestern School of Health Professions faculty members. As courses are created, they will proceed through the usual phases of academic course review and approval. UT Southwestern does not offer, nor does it plan to offer at this time, full degree programs via distance education.
Students in doubt about their residency status for tuition purposes should consult the Residency Defined section in the “General Information” portion of the catalog.
The “General Information” site also describes the various fees and insurances needed by students at UT Southwestern. Contained within Student Information, these references include:
- Designated Tuition
- Tuition Installment Payments
- Computer Usage and Technology Fees
- Graduation Fee
- Health Insurance
- Disability Insurance
- Incidental Fees
- Laboratory Fee
- Late Registration Fee
- Malpractice Insurance Fee
- Medical Services Fee
- Returned Check Fee
- Student Services Fee
- Books and Equipment
- Student Housing
The “General Information” section of the catalog addresses the process of applying for and receiving financial aid.
A number of organizations offer students opportunities for association with individuals of shared interests or backgrounds. Information on registered or sponsored student organization can be found in the “General Information” section of the catalog.
A list of organizations is available from the Bryan Williams, M.D. Student Center.