Tradition of Excellence
Two colleges within Texas Woman's University offer degree programs at the Houston Center — the College of Health Sciences and the College of Nursing. Both of these colleges enjoy the same reputation as their counterparts in Denton and Dallas. Disciplines in both colleges within the Institute for Health Sciences are nationally ranked and nationally known for their innovation and their contributions to the field of healthcare.
College of Health Sciences- School of Physical Therapy
- TWU's Physical Therapy program is the only Physical Therapy program in Texas consistently ranked as a top Physical Therapy program by U.S. News & World Report (31st in the nation).
- TWU's Physical Therapy program is the only Physical Therapy program in Texas that offers a Ph.D. in Physical Therapy. Graduates become faculty members in physical therapy graduate programs throughout Texas and across the nation.
- TWU's graduate program in Physical Therapy ranked 1st among public universities in Texas, according to U.S. News & World Report.
- TWU's Physical Therapy faculty hold leadership positions with the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (the state licensing agency), the American Physical Therapy Association, and the Texas Society of Allied Health Professionals.
- TWU's Physical Therapy faculty serve as site visitors for CAPTE, the accrediting body for PT programs in the U.S.
- 80% of TWU's Physical Therapy faculty hold Ph.D. degrees.
- Internships are available in over 250 clinical sites nationwide.
College of Health Sciences- School of Occupational Therapy
- TWU's Occupational Therapy program ranked 9th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report- Best Graduate Schools. No other Texas programs are in the nation's top 20. TWU's OT program is ranked along side the University of Southern California, Columbia University, New York University, and Boston University.
- TWU's Master of Occupational Therapy program is well established. TWU has graduated master's degree practitioners for 30 years.
- TWU is the only school in Texas, or surrounding states, to offer post-professional degrees and specialty certificates for practicing occupational therapists. TWU has a national reputation for providing advanced level education.
- TWU's Ph.D. in Occupational Therapy was the third doctoral program in the nation, and is the only PH.D. program in the western part of the U.S..
- TWU's Occupational Therapy faculty developed the Theory of Occupational Adaptation. This treatment model is taught in OT education throughout the world, and is recognized as on of the 5 primary theories of practice.
- TWU's School of Occupational Therapy earned the highest recognition by receiving a ten year accreditation from ACOTE-the maximum number of years possible-awarded to programs of high standing and proven excellence.
College of Nursing
- TWU's College of Nursing prepares more nurses than any other programs in Texas with over 12,000 alumni and is among the nation's leading providers of health care professionals.
- TWU's College of Nursing educated 2400 pre-nursing, baccalaureate, RN/BS, RN/MS, accelerated, master's and Ph.D. students in the 2004-2005 academic year.
- TWU's College of Nursing has 1463 undergraduate nursing applicants in Dallas and 1437 in Houston (2900 total); the 380 undergraduates nursing students accepted has an average GPA of 3.8 in 2004-2005. Nearly 40% of undergraduate nursing students are minorities and 92% of 2004 senior nursing students graduated after four years.
- TWU nursing students consistently perform well above the state average on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX); 99% of TWU students pass within one year of graduation.
- TWU baccalaureate and master's programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education through 2014.
- TWU has the first Ph.D. nursing program in Texas and in the southwest in 1971, the 5th oldest in the United States.
- TWU's College of Nursing employs 97 full-time faculty and uses more than 60 adjunct and loaned hospital faculty.
- TWU's College of Nursing faculty received over $1 million in program and research grants for simulation and distance education and intimate partner/workplace violence research.
- TWU's College of Nursing faculty hold leadership positions in professional organizations such as the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Colleges of Nurse Midwives, Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, Sigma Theta Tau International Honorary Society, and the Texas Nurses Association at the state, national and international levels.
Specific to the Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center
- In 2002, the College of Nursing received the Texas Higher Education Star Award for its Nursing Success Program. This program addresses attrition among baccalaureate student nurses. It focuses particularly on the diverse population of students attending in the Texas Medical Center who have language issues related to being correctly understood and correctly understanding what is said to them. The retention rate to date is 91%.
In fall 2003, TWU's minority student nursing enrollment was:
- BS: 45.9%
- MS: 37.6%
- Ph.D.: 23.7%
- A recent recognition of TWU's College of Nursing's leadership role in Texas is the Tenet Healthcare Foundation Award of $400,812. This nursing grant supports a new accelerated bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) based in Houston. TWU estimates that the new accelerated BSN program will produce 20 board eligible graduates by the summer of 2005 and at least 20 graduates per year thereafter.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the need for a million new and replacement registered nurses by the year 2010. The shortfall in demand/supply is dramatic in certain markets including Texas, where state data predicts a nurse vacancy rate of 17% by the year 2015. Currently, the nurse vacancy rate in Houston stands at 12%. This accelerated BSN will appeal to mid-career individuals who are seeking a new profession as a result of personal change or losing other employment.