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Houston Colleges

Institutions of Higher Learning

Community/Junior Colleges

Alvin Community College - Founded in 1948, Alvin Community College is a public, two-year, comprehensive community college located in Alvin, Texas, approximately fifty miles southeast of Houston. Dedicated to promoting the dignity and worth of all individuals, ACC believes that learning is a lifelong process, and that all individuals should have opportunities for lifelong education.

Brazosport College offers a broad range of courses to address diverse educational goals. Students planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree can enroll in introductory academic classes as well as courses in more than two dozen majors which transfer to four-year schools. For students striving for a certificate or degree in an occupational/technical field, Brazosport College offers courses leading to an Associate of applied Science degree in 25 areas. In addition, an ever-broadening continuing education program is designed to address the entire community’s needs. More than 90,000 students have attended Brazosport College since it opened more than 25 years ago. Enrollment in both credit and non-credit courses reached 5112 during the fall semester, 1992. As many as 205 students graduate from Brazosport College each year. Brazosport College is located in Lake Jackson, Texas.

College of the Mainland  was founded in 1966. The first classes were offered in the fall of 1967 when 414 students enrolled at a rented facility. Enrollment at the College has grown  to nearly 4,000 credit and 12,000 non credit students today.  Located on the Texas Gulf Coast, across the bay from Galveston Island, College of the Mainland is a comprehensive two-year community college offering credit, continuing education, personal enrichment, and workforce development classes.

The area of the College District encompasses 237 square miles and its boundaries are coterminous with the five independent school districts of Dickinson, Hitchcock, La Marque, Santa Fe, and Texas City. Residents of those school districts attend the College as in-district students. All other students attend as out-of-district students and pay a slightly higher fee.

Galveston College -  Imagine attending a college just six blocks from the Gulf of Mexico on beautiful Galveston Island! Galveston College is a comprehensive community college in one of Texas' most unique college communities only fifty miles south of downtown Houston.  Amid swaying palm trees, historic architecture, world class festivals, and a resort atmosphere, Galveston College students enjoy a quality learning and living environment. Since 1967, Galveston College has offered academic, vocational and continuing education to Galveston residents and others interested in quality higher education. The

College provides an environment dedicated to learning, and attracts nearly 2,500 credit students in fall and spring semesters with additional enrollment for two separate six-week semesters each summer. Galveston College embraces the life-long learning concept and provides for adult basic education, leisure learning and contract training for several thousand individuals, businesses and organizations each year.

Houston Community College System is the largest community college district in the area with over 33,000 students attending its five different colleges on numerous campuses throughout the City of Houston.  Students residing within Houston Independent School District limits attend as in-district students and receive substantially lower tuition than out-of-district residents.

Houston Community College - Central
Houston Community College - Coleman College for Health Sciences
Houston Community College - Northeast
Houston Community College - Northwest
Houston Community College - Southeast
Houston Community College - Southwest

Lee College, founded in 1934, is a comprehensive, public, two-year community college. Lee College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The Baytown campus service area includes portions of Northeast Harris County, Liberty and Chambers counties. Lee College operates several off-campus sites -- at San Jacinto Mall, Liberty, Crosby, Hardin, Huffman, Anahuac and the Huntsville Center/Lee College (HC/LC) at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). Lee College offers Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science degrees in over 40 different areas of concentration and certificates of completion in over 20 fields.

Lonestar College System formerly known as the North Harris Montgomery Community College District,  is accredited through the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). As its former name implied, the system serves northern portions of Harris County, and Montgomery County. Its territory includes the Aldine, Conroe, Cypress-Fairbanks, Humble, Klein, Magnolia, New Caney, Splendora, Spring, Tomball and Willis Independent School Districts.

Lonestar College CyFair
Lonestar College Kingwood

Lonestar College Montgomery
Lonestar College North Harris
Lonestar CollegeTomball
Lonestar College University Center (The Woodlands)

The University Center - The Woodlands, Texas is an alliance of six universities, the Lonestar College System and the private sector. Its mission is to provide bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and continuing studies to the more than one million people in the college district service area.

The University Center is the only one of its kind in Texas and one of only a handful nationwide. Serving as an important link for community development and individual opportunities, The University Center provides partnerships, educational programs, an interactive telecommunications "hub" for delivering instruction, and student and learning resource support services. The partner universities offer junior- and senior-level and graduate courses for bachelor's and master's degrees at The University Center. The Lonestar College System offer the freshman and sophomore coursework. Programs offered through The University Center are of the same quality of advanced work training and professional development as those on the university home campuses. In addition to NHMCCD, The University Center partners include Prairie View A&M University, Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M University, Texas Southern University, University of Houston, and University of Houston-Downtown .

San Jacinto College District is, a public community college in eastern Harris County, Texas, serving a district defined by the combined areas of these independent school districts: Channelview, Deer Park, Galena Park, La Porte, Pasadena, Sheldon and Clear Creek.

San Jacinto College - Central
San Jacinto College - North
San Jacinto College - South

Wharton County Junior College is a public, two-year, comprehensive community college offering a wide range of post secondary educational programs and services including associate degrees, certificates, continuing -education courses, cultural affairs, and leisure-time activities for the benefit of the community and a population of students that varies in age, background, and ability. Wharton County Junior College's main campus is located on 72 acres in the city of Wharton, about 55 miles southwest of Houston. In addition,

Wharton County Junior College operates extension campuses in Richmond (Fort Bend Tech Center) and Sugar Land, and offers courses in El Campo, Bay City, Palacios, and other locations in Wharton, Fort Bend, Matagorda, and Colorado counties.

Colleges And Universities

The University of Houston, the oldest and largest institution in the UH System with 30,000 students. With research awards totaling $40 million, U of H is ranked among the top 80 in the nation for externally funded research at non-medical universities. U of H offers Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D. degrees in virtually all disciplines. The University of Houston is located near Houston's central business district but also maintains satellite facilities in the Greenspoint (North Houston Institute) and Katy (West Houston Institute) areas.

The University of Houston System at Cinco Ranch is a “teaching center ” located in the Cinco Ranch neighborhood of Katy. The four University of Houston System universities: University of Houston, University of Houston Downtown, University of Houston Clear Lake, and University of Houston Victoria, collaborate to provide junior, senior, and graduate courses leading to more than thirty bachelor ’s and master ’s degrees.

The University of Houston - Clear Lake, is one of the nation's most successful upper-level and graduate institutions. UHCL is an upper-level institution with a distinct identity, whose primary role is to extend the educational opportunities of students who have completed two or more years of college, provides baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in keeping with recognized standards of academic excellence.  Its academic programs respond to the local needs of the aerospace, computer, petrochemical, medical, financial, and foreign trade industries in the area. The campus is located on a beautiful site near the NASA-Johnson Space Center. UHCL offers bachelor's degrees in more than 30 fields of study and master's degrees in more than 40 fields of study from the schools of business and public administration, education, human sciences and humanities, and natural and applied sciences. The university also offers off-campus degree programs at UHS at Fort Bend, UH-Downtown and IBM-Austin.

The University of Houston - Downtown, is located in a historic building in the Allen's Landing area of downtown. It offers a broad-based academic programs in arts and science, business, and technology to prepare undergraduate students for immediate entry into Houston's business community. The

University of Houston System at Fort Bend - In 1994, UH-Victoria started offering for credit courses at the Centraplex in Sugar Land. The UH System made a major commitment of resources in 1995, bringing its four universities together under the rubric UH System at Fort Bend, enabling students to earn degrees in high demand areas such as business, education, computer science, criminal justice, engineering, technology, and others. Early in 1996, the UH System at Fort Bend secured approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to award 30 degrees through a partnership with Houston Community College System, and Wharton County Junior College.  The two community colleges offer lower division courses leading to associate degrees, and the UH System universities offer junior, senior, and master's courses leading to bachelor's and master's degrees. On-site classes are held at 14000 University Blvd., Sugar Land, Texas.

Rice University is the city's oldest university. Founded in 1891, classes commenced in 1912. It is a small (5,000 students), private school with a national reputation for the education of science and engineering students. Rice is located in central Houston near the Texas Medical Center on a beautiful tree-lined campus. Rice University is perennially named one of the best buys in a college education in the U.S.

Texas Southern University, Houston's third largest public university, was originally founded as a black school. Today, TSU , located in central Houston, has an international student body and advanced study in many areas. TSU offers more than 80 undergraduate degree programs, 40 master's degree programs, a Juris doctor in law, a doctor of pharmacy and doctorate in education. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences; the Graduate School; and the Schools of Business, Law, and Technology. Its 118-acre campus is located in Houston.

University of St. Thomas, The University of St. Thomas was founded in 1947 as an independent Catholic co-educational institution. Conveniently located in the museum district of Houston and near the world acclaimed Medical Center, the University has a current enrollment of approximately 2500 students.

Houston Baptist University , founded in in 1960, is a church-affiliated university owned and operated by the Baptist religious denomination. Programs are offered through the Smith College of General Studies and the Colleges of Business and Economics, Education and Behavioral Studies, Fine Arts, Humanities, and Science and Health Professions. Its 100-acre campus is located in southwest Houston. Approximately 2,050 students attend the school.

LeTourneau University  - With its main campus located in Longview, Texas, LeTourneau offers Houston area residents degree completion programs for a Bachelor of Business Management (BBM) degree or a  Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree.  The University follows research showing that concentrated immersion in a single subject is the best way for the working adult to learn. Students study one subject at a time to accommodate their busy schedules, with classes meeting just one evening a week. "LeTourneau University is a co-educational, nondenominational Christian university built upon a foundation of biblical authority, which seeks to glorify god by integrating faith, learning, and living.  Recognizing that all knowledge comes from the creator, the university helps students develop a maturing relationship with god, encouraging them to know him through his son, Jesus Christ."  - LeTourneau University Mission Statement

The University Center - The Woodlands, Texas is an alliance of six universities, the North Harris Montgomery Community College District and the private sector. Its mission is to provide bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and continuing studies to the more than one million people in the college district service area. The University Center is the only one of its kind in Texas and one of only a handful nationwide.

Serving as an important link for community development and individual opportunities, The University Center provides partnerships, educational programs, an interactive telecommunications "hub" for delivering instruction, and student and learning resource support services. The partner universities offer junior-level, senior-level and graduate courses for bachelor's and master's degrees at The University Center.

The four NHMCCD colleges (North Harris College, Kingwood College, Tomball College and Montgomery College) offer the freshman and sophomore coursework. Programs offered through The University Center are of the same quality of advanced work training and professional development as those on the university home campuses. In addition to NHMCCD, The University Center partners include Prairie View A&M University, Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M University, Texas Southern University, University of Houston, and University of Houston-Downtown .

Sam Houston State University - founded in 1879, is a public, comprehensive university. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Applied Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, and Science and the Institute of Corrections and Behavioral Sciences. The campus, marked by the classic antebellum architecture of Austin Hall, is located in Huntsville, 70 miles from Houston.

Prairie View A&M University, founded in 1879, is a public, comprehensive university. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Applied Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, and Science and the Institute of Corrections and Behavioral Sciences. The campus, marked by the classic antebellum architecture of Austin Hall, is located in Huntsville, 70 miles from Houston.

Texas A&M University, located about 80 miles northeast of Houston in nearby College Station, is an internationally acclaimed university. Texas A&M ranks among the top 10 universities in several categories -- research volume, endowment value, total enrollment, and enrollment of high achieving students. Texas A& M is a leading educator in the fields of biotechnology, oceanography, agriculture, and veterinary medicine with special campuses in Houston's Texas Medical Center and Galveston.

Business Schools - Graduate Programs( MBA)

Houston Baptist University  The Master of Business Administration program is designed to meet the educational needs of the fully employed, early career professional. Course content and experiences build students' abilities to use logic and creativity in problem solving and decision making as well as developing a specific competence in one of eight areas of study. Course work in the MBA program emphasizes technological change, globalization, and adaptation to business, and students can gain direct experience through an internship.  Classes are offered on an evening and Saturday schedule.

HBU also offers the business related graduate degrees: Master of Accountancy (MACCT), Master of Science Human Resources Management (MS-HRM) and Master of Science in Management (MS-MGMT).

The Jesse H. Jones School of Business - Texas Southern University offers an Executive MBA Program that isuniquely designed to meet the challenging needs of mid-career professionals who wish to pursue an MBA degree with the least possible disruption to their professional and personal lives. The program is offered online and provides a finance/energy focus. The eMBA program combines the advanced business concepts of a master of business administration curriculum and prepares candidates to lead and manage organizations in the energy sector.

The Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Administration at Rice University offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Executive MBA, MBA for Professionals program and a PhD of Business Administration. Recently, the Financial Times ranked the Rice MBA Full-Time program 7th worldwide for ‘Best in Finance’ and 20th worldwide for research productivity, up from 50th three years ago. The same survey assessing Executive MBA programs placed Rice 4th worldwide for ‘Top Salaries in Finance’. Other achievements include the Jones School marketing department receiving the top honor in the education category by the American Marketing Association – Houston chapter, and the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship garnering national and local awards.

Texas Woman's University Institute of Health Sciences - Houston While TWU does not offer an MBA program, it's Institute of Health Sciences-Houston offers  graduate studies leading to a Master's of Science in Health Care Administration.

The University of Houston College of Business Administration - The MBA program offers concentrations in Accountancy & Taxation, Finance, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management, Statistics & Operations Research. Joint MBA programs offer the advantage of earning two advanced degrees concurrently in less time than if pursuing them separately. Joint programs include MBA/JD degree in conjunction with the UH Law Center, MBA/MIE degree with UH Cullen College of Engineering, MBA/MA in Spanish with the College of Humanitites, Fine Arts & Communication, MBA/MSW in conjunction with the Graduate School of Social Work and MBA/MHM in conjunction with the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management.

The College has partnered with The American Graduate School of International Manaagement (Thunderbird) in Glendale, Arizona, to offer an MBA/MIM degree (Masters in International Management). An Executive MBA, which includes weekend classes and can be completed in two years, as well as a three-year Professional MBA, which accommodates working professionals and entry-level managers, are also offered.   UHCBA also offers Master of Science in Accountancy and Master of Science in Administration degrees. Scheduling for the 54-semester-hour standard MBA program allows students to attend classes full-time or part-time, day or night. Programs are fully accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

The University of Houston Clear Lake, School of Business and Public Administration - The mission of the School of Business and Public Administration (SBPA) is to offer high quality academic programs which will successfully prepare individuals for entry-level and managerial positions of increasing responsibility in the public and private sectors. Individuals in the school's programs should develop an understanding of the relationship between business, government and society as well as their academic field of study. UHCL offers MBA programs with special concentrations in Environmental Management, International Business and Studies of the Future.  In addition, the School of Business and Public Administration offers Master's degrees in Accounting (MS), Human Resource Management (MA), Public Management (MA),  and Health Care Administration (MHA), as well as a combined MHA/MBA program.

University of St. Thomas - The Cameron School of Business offers three Masters' Programs -- a Master of Business Administration (MBA),  a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) and a Master's degree in International Business (MIB). Classes for both programs are scheduled in the evenings, Monday through Thursday, and can be pursued on either a full-time or part-time basis. Classes are offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. The Cameron School of Business is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs. Graduate classes are scheduled in the evenings, Monday through Thursday, making it possible to pursue a degree on either a full-time or part-time basis. Many of our students are working professionals employed by Fortune 500 companies and Houston's major employers.

Law Schools

South Texas College of Law is chartered as a private, independent law school and holds ABA accreditation. This position as a private law school and the oldest law school in Houston has allowed the college to grow enormously since being founded in 1923. The school now boasts a full-time faculty of 59 and an adjunct faculty of approximately 50 practitioners. This deep faculty base allows the school to maintain a 21:1 student to faculty ratio, while building a strong student body of about 1,200 students. More than 60 percent of the students attend South Texas College of Law on a full-time basis, and 40 percent attend part-time. Many of the part-time students are second-career professionals, the very students for whom the law school was founded. Because the part-time program is flexible, part-time students can integrate with the full-time students and attend classes that accommodate busy work and home schedules.

Located in the heart of downtown's legal and financial district, and it caters to one of the largest and most diverse students bodies in Texas.  As such, the law school is uniquely suited to serve the needs of its students and cultivate a rich learning environment. A dynamic synergy has been created between a strong faculty, a diverse student body, and a community of 6,000 practicing attorneys within walking distance of the law school.

Thurgood Marshall School of Law - Texas Southern University is located within the city limits, just outside the downtown business district. It is a convenient distance from all major thoroughfares into the City of Houston. In addition, law students receive priority consideration for on-campus private apartments.

The School of Law is housed in an attractive, modern building located at the east end of the Texas Southern University campus. The building is a tri-level structure with classrooms and administrative offices on the first and second floors, and the law library on the first floor and basement level. Numerous study carrels are located on the lower level of the library which, along with the entire law school, has been recently renovated and is a state-of-the-art facility. Many attributes contribute to the making of an institution. At Texas Southern, two of the most important attributes are the faculty and the law library. The faculty consists of 31 full-time instructors, including the dean and one associate dean. The faculty members hold degrees from leading law schools across the nation. Nearly half hold LL.M. degrees from schools such as Stanford, Columbia, Georgetown, Harvard, University of California-Berkley, University of Texas, and Yale. In addition, the School of Law benefits from the association of several adjunct faculty members prominent in the Houston bar and judiciary, as well as several writing skills specialists and a distinguished visiting professor.

University of Houston Law Center - The Law Center's student body consists of more than 1,300 men and women from various parts of the country selected through a highly competitive admissions process. Each year the Law Center enrolls about 375 J.D. students representing over 100 undergraduate colleges. Approximately 75 students of each entering class are enrolled in the Law Center's four-year part-time program, which begins in the summer term of each year. The LL.M. program enrolls approximately 80 students every year, representing 50 law schools from the U.S. and around the world. Minority students comprise more than 15 percent of our enrollment, and almost 50 percent of our students are women. Many students have earned advanced degrees and professional recognition in other disciplines before entering law school.

Medical Schools

Baylor College of Medicine Since its founding in 1900, Baylor College of Medicine has grown into a medical institution that is internationally respected for excellence in education, research and patient care.  In 1903, the medical school began an affiliation with Baylor University that lasted until 1969 when Baylor College of Medicine became an independent institution. Originally located in Dallas, the College moved to Houston in 1943 to become the educational cornerstone of the new Texas MedicalCenter.

Baylor attracts students from around the world, and since 1969 the College has received state funding under a legislative partnership which provides physician training for Texas residents. Currently, there are 668 medical students enrolled. The College also offers programs for 341 graduate students, 326 post-doctoral fellows, 124 allied health students and 971 resident physicians pursuing specialty training. Baylor has affiliations with six area hospitals, including The Methodist Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital, The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, the Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the Harris County Hospital District's Ben Taub General Hospital. The College also provides medical services for six of the Hospital District's community health centers and the Thomas Street AIDS Clinic. Baylor has total research support of $179.9 million and more than 50 research and patient-care centers. These centers include the nation's only Acute Viral Respiratory Disease Unit, the national Children's Nutrition Research Center, The DeBakey Heart Center, a Human Genome Research Center, the Shell Center for Gene Therapy, a unit of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a Child Health Research Center, the Huffington Center on Aging, and a Center for AIDS Research. Baylor College of Medicine has outstanding research facilities. The College is one of only three U.S. institutions to house two National Institutes of Health Heart. Lung and Blood Special Centers of Research, one on arteriosclerosis and one on heart failure. Nationally, it is also the site of the Matsunaga-Conte Prostate Cancer Research Center, one of only twoSpecialized Programs of Research Excellence for prostate cancer. The only private medical school in the Greater Southwest, Baylor is among the top 20 of the 126 U.S. medical schools in research funding.

The University of Texas-Houston Medical School  is committed to educating physicians for medical practice and has consistently ranked among the top 15 U.S. medical schools in the number of graduates entering the primary care areas of family practice, general pediatrics and general internal medicine. The school has the state's first family practice residency program that focuses on the under-served urban population.  Established in 1969, the school has trained more than 3,000 physicians, approximately 60 percent of whom have remained in Texas. Currently 836 students are enrolled.

University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston One of 15 campuses of the University of Texas System, the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) is dedicated to its three-fold mission of scholarly teaching, innovative scientific research and state-of-the-art patient care. Established in 1891 as the University of Texas Medical Department, UTMB has grown from one building, 23 students and 13 faculty members to a modern health science center with 73 major buildings, more than 2,800 students and more than 1,600 faculty. The 86-acre campus includes seven hospitals and an affiliated Shriners Burns Institute, more than 100 outpatient clinics, two institutes, four schools, a major medical library, and numerous research facilities.

The Medical Branch trains tomorrow's healers and tomorrow's researchers in the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Allied Health Sciences and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The Marine Biomedical Institute and the Institute for the Medical Humanities offer opportunities for specialized study. Biomedical research at UTMB delves into a broad range of promising topics that often have direct application to improving patient care. The university's research mission is accomplished through the schools and institutes, and through a series of multidisciplinary centers of excellence.  As the only state-funded multi-categorical health referral center in Texas, the Medical Branch offers services ranging from primary care to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment techniques. Patients from the state, nation and world come to UTMB for its high quality medical care.

Allied Health Professional Schools

Houson Baptist University College of Nursing and Allied Health, established in 1969, offers a bachelor degree in nursing (BSN) and an associate degree in nursing (ADN). The undergraduate programs average 125-130 students annually. The School of Nursing and Allied Health is committed to educating nurse generalists who are prepared to meet the health care needs in today’s world. The undergraduate programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and the Board of Nurse Examiners for the state of Texas. Graduates of the baccalaureate and associate degree programs have consistently achieved high first time pass rates on the licensure exam for RNs.

Praire View A&M Houston College of Nursing - Located in the Texas Medical Center, Prairie View A&M College of Nursing offers Clinical Studies for students who have already completed at least 64 hours of undergraduate prerequisite courses.  Students applying to the Clinical studies program must have an overall GPA of 2.5 or greater, with a minimum grade of "C" in each required course.

Texas Chiropractic College  - A non-profit, professional college offering the Doctor of Chiropractic and Bachelor of Science in Human Biology Degrees. Located in Pasadena, Texas Chiropractic College is just 15 minutes southeast of downtown Houston and approximately 40 miles from Galveston. Pasadena is easily accessible by Interstates 45 and 10 as well as the Sam Houston Toll Way.

Texas Woman's University Houston Center, is one of two health science institutes operated by Texas Woman's University, a comprehensive public university primarily for women, that offers baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degree programs. TWU is a teaching and research institution emphasizing the liberal arts and specialized or professional studies, with an enrollment of about 9,800 students. Along with its main campus in Denton, Texas (a part of the Dallas and Fort Worth Metroplex), the university operates the Institute of Health Sciences in Houston, located in the Texas Medical Center and the Institute of Health Sciences in Dallas, with sites near Parkland and Presbyterian hospitals. In 1958, by invitation of the Texas Medical Center, TWU established a clinical education facility to help meet the critical shortage of nurses. The Institute of Health Sciences-Houston opened its doors to nursing students in 1960, and presently has an enrollment of approximately 1,000 students. Programs in Houston are upper level and graduate studies in the health sciences, and admits qualified students to all academic programs. Facilities include two major instructional buildings, a residence hall, research laboratories, clinical labs and interactive video for distance learning. The TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston offers primarily upper level and graduate studies in Nursing and Occupational Therapy and graduate studies in Health Care Administration, Nutrition and Food Sciences and Physical Therapy. Additional support studies are offered in Biology and Counseling Psychology. These studies lead to the following degree programs:

  • Health Care Administration (M.S.)
  • Occupational Therapy (B.S., M.A., Master of O.T., and Ph.D.)
  • Physical Therapy (M.S. and Ph.D.)
  • Nursing (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.)
  • Nutrition and Food Sciences (M.S. with or without Dietetic Internship Program)

TWU is one of the largest providers of nursing and allied health professionals in the nation. TWU offers the only Ph.D. in nursing in Houston. The School of Occupational Therapy is the largest in the nation and has the only graduate program in Texas. A doctoral degree program - the only one at a  public university - began in fall 1993. The School of Physical Therapy has one of the leading programs in the U.S., the first  Master of Science degree in the state and is one of only four doctoral programs in the nation. TWU is the first university in the United States to develop a nursing program with the Peace Corps. The program, primarily based at the Institute of Health Sciences - Houston, encourages graduate students to combine nursing studies at  TWU with volunteer service in the Peace Corps.

The University of Houston - College of Optometry was established in 1952.  Its primary mission is to educate and train professional students who, upon graduation, are able to provide the diagnostic and treatment services which characterize the general practice of optometry. The Doctor of Optometry program is a four year post-baccalaureate professional degree program which admits 100 students annually; fall semester entry only. In 1996 there were 390 applicants for the 100 entering positions.

The University of Houston - College of Pharmacy - The University of Houston College of Pharmacy, founded in 1946, offers a four-year professional program leading to a doctor of pharmacy degree and a three-year program leading to a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy. A two-year pre-pharmacy program is required for admission into either professional program. The college also offers master of science degrees in pharmaceutics, pharmacology, hospital pharmacy and pharmacy administration, and Ph.D. degrees in pharmaceutics and pharmacology.  UH College of Pharmacy is one of 79 pharmacy colleges in the United States. More than 35 full-time basic science and clinical faculty as well as nearly 600 adjunct faculty and preceptors offer students an exceptional pharmacy education. The College has facilities both on the University of Houston campus and, since 1980, in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center. Pharmacy students participate in clerkships and externships at Texas Medical Center hospitals, 30 community hospitals in the surrounding metropolitan area, and numerous other institutions throughout the state. UH pharmacy graduates have a high success rate on the NABPLEX Exam, the national licensing exam for pharmacists, and score well above the national average.  Consistently almost 100 percent of our students secure employment prior to graduation, most within the state of Texas.

The University of Houston - Clear Lake School of Business and Public Administration -  The complexity of the business side of physician practice, the trend toward managed care and the continued need for effective management of healthcare facilities require a curriculum that seeks to achieve an educational balance between sound business principles and healthcare. Accordingly, UHCL-SBPA offers an MHA and a combined MHA/MBA. It also offers an undergraduate degree which focuses on physician practice management. The curriculum in healthcare administration at UH-Clear Lake provides a unique combination of course work as well as opportunities for research projects and field experience. It is designed to give students a rigorous educational experience in both business and healthcare. Many of the courses are offered during the evening to accommodate working students. The program is located in the Houston metropolitan area. Students have the resources of the Texas Medical Center (one of the largest medical centers in the world), Johnson Space Center, over 60 local hospitals and 17 managed care companies, and a variety of educational and service organizations nearby.

University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston   Founded in 1972, the university serves a primarily graduate-level student body of approximately 3,100, conducts biomedical research valued at $95 million per year, and provides health care in about 1.5 million outpatient visits and inpatient admissions per year.  The University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center strives to instill in students and faculty the commitment to a lifetime of learning, while empowering them to understand and to meet the evolving health needs of all segments of society.

The university provides professional and basic science education through six schools:  Dental BranchGraduate School of Biomedical SciencesMedical SchoolSchool of Health Information SciencesSchool of Nursing  and the School of  Public Health.

More Health Education Options

Almost all of the Houston area community colleges offer Certified Nursing Assistant, Vocational Nursing (LVN/LP/PN) and Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN / RN) programs. Some of these schools also have affiliations with partner universities so they may offer BSN and graduate nursing degrees.

In addition, vocational health programs are offered in health information technology, radiology, physical and occupational therapy, medical assisting, medical technology, phlebotomy, pharmacy, surgical technology and many other health related careers.


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