Article 4: Academic Programs Table of Contents

Article 4.1  Nurse Anesthesia Program

Article 4.2  Physician Assistant Program

Article 4.3  Orthotics and Prosthetics Program

Article 4.4  Genetic Counseling Program

Article 4.5  New Program Development

The SHP operates and evaluates programs leading to academic degrees and certificates of completion that: (1) are consistent with the mission of the College and the SHP, (2) address documented needs for health professionals locally, state-wide, and nationally, (3) are worthy of full accreditation by a designated accrediting agency, and (4) have the resources and financial stability to succeed.  All academic programs of the SHP operate with approval of the Academic Council and Board of Trustees. The Master of Science programs in Orthotics and Prosthetics and in Physician Assistant Studies, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nurse Anesthesia, are the cornerstones of the SHP.

Article 4.1  Nurse Anesthesia Program – The Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia has a 36-month curriculum that combines basic science instruction for 18 months followed by 18 months of clinical training that culminates in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. The College also offers advanced standing in the program for master’s-prepared Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) who wish to pursue a doctoral degree. CRNAs with advanced standing complete a 24-month curriculum designed to accommodate working professionals. The Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

Article 4.2  Physician Assistant Program – The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies has a 30-month curriculum that combines basic science instruction for 13 months with 17 months of clinical training. The Physician Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant.

Article 4.3  Orthotics and Prosthetics Program – The Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics has a 30-month curriculum that combines basic science instruction for 12 months with 18 months of clinical training. The Orthotics and Prosthetics Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Article 4.4  Genetic Counseling Program - The Baylor College of Medicine Genetic Counseling Program is a 21-month Master of Science Degree program comprised of didactic coursework, clinical rotations, and a student thesis.  The Genetic Counseling Program has applied for accreditation with the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling.

Article 4.5  New Program Development – Initially, a proposal is developed by faculty members in a BCM department or SHP. The proposal includes the program’s goals and objectives, faculty resources, expected enrollment, admission requirements, accreditation considerations, and facilities and other requirements. The procedures for developing proposals for new Health Professions degree or certificate programs administered through the SHP are available from the SHP Dean.

Once the proposal is developed and approved by the sponsoring BCM department, if applicable, it must be approved by the following:

Health Professions Admissions, Curriculum, and Student Promotions Committees Health Professions Education Executive Committee Dean Academic Council President BCM Board of Trustees