The School of Allied Health Sciences is focused on the following:
- Educating allied health professionals to be leaders in the delivery of high-quality patient care
- Advancing the knowledge of allied health education, healthcare delivery, and health promotion through research
- Fostering healthy lifestyles among adults and children through innovative health education programs
- Augmenting patient care services provided through Baylor College of Medicine and our affiliated hospitals
The term “allied health" has been used for the past 35 years to identify a cluster of health professions educational programs, which are administratively aligned as an academic unit of a school, college, or university. The health professions represented in each cluster vary across colleges, universities, and governmental agencies. At Baylor, the “Allied Health" cluster includes the disciplines of nurse anesthesia, physician assistant, and orthotics and prosthetics.
The Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia Program developed from a 1968 a certificate program that was offered by the Harris County Hospital District, now the Harris Health System. In 1983, it became a Master of Science degree program under the auspices of Baylor and most recently has been changed to a doctorate program, with the graduation in 2012 of the first students to earn their doctorate of nursing practice. This program ranks 5th in the nation among training programs in nurse anesthesia according to U.S. News & World Report.
The Physician Assistant Program, which began in 1971 as a certificate program, was elevated to Bachelor of Science status in 1975, and on to a Master of Science program in 1989. Today, this program ranks 6th among the nation’s physician assistant programs according to U.S. News & World Report.
The Master of Orthotics and Prosthetics Program welcomed its first students in June 2013. It is a 30 month program, where the first 12 months are dedicated to the didactic curriculum, and the following 18 months are spent on clinical rotations and research.
History and Location
Our history and location combine to offer our students depth and breadth of experiences that prepare them for successful careers providing exceptional patient care and helping to shape the future of health care. As part of Baylor College of Medicine, we are able to attract and retain exceptional faculty who are prominent in their fields, recipients of major awards and leaders of professional societies.
Such individuals are drawn here by the quality of our allied health programs as well as the opportunity to work with colleagues in Baylor, one of the top ranked medical schools in the United States, the Baylor Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, ranked among the top ten percent of graduate schools in biological sciences, and the new National School for Tropical Medicine, the first and only institution of its kind in the nation.
Affiliate relationships with internationally renowned institutions within and around the Texas Medical Center allow us to structure our programs so students gain experience in wide variety of settings, learning varied systems and structures so they are prepared to practice anywhere.
We are looking for students who want to follow in the footsteps of our alumni and build successful careers providing exceptional patient care. If this aligns with your career goals, we look forward to welcoming you into the Baylor College of Medicine family.