The Texas A&M University Health Science Center (TAMHSC) is transforming health through innovative research, education and service in dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health and medical sciences. Founded in 1999, the health science center was established as an independent state agency of The Texas A&M University System to organize all health-related entities across the system into one comprehensive health-related institution. Founding academic units included the College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, Institute of Biosciences and Technology, and the then-proposed School of Rural Public Health. Following creation of the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy in 2006 and a College of Nursing in 2008, the institution transitioned in 2013 into an academic unit of Texas A&M University while still maintaining its state agency status.
As the most comprehensive health science center in Texas, TAMHSC is dedicated to addressing today’s health care needs through forward-thinking medical research, service and health professions education. Impacting nearly every county in the State of Texas with education, research and outreach programs, the health science center operates eight campuses located in Bryan-College Station, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Houston, Kingsville, McAllen, Round Rock and Temple. This geographically dispersed, multi-disciplinary model allows for innovative team training that supports the common goal of transforming health.
Points of Pride
College of Medicine
- Innovative “flipped classroom” curriculum allowing for earlier, more effective clinical training.
- Exceeds the national benchmark with a 97% pass rate on the national medical licensing exam.
College of Nursing
- Graduates consistently rank among the highest in the nation on the NCLEX-RN pass rate. In, 2016 the first-time pass rate for the NCLEX-RN was 99%.
- Named a National League of Nursing Center of Excellence in Nursing Education (2016-2020).
- 95% of graduates find jobs within three months of graduation.
- Holds Special Commendation status from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for a pass rate of 98% in 2014.
Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy
- Ranked in the Top 50 “Best Grad Schools for Pharmacy” by U.S. News & World Report.
- Implemented state’s most diverse clinical preceptor program to provide optimum experiential learning for students.
School of Public Health
- Ranked in the Top 25 “Best Grad Schools for Public Health” by U.S. News & World Report.
- Ranked in the Top 40 “Best Grad Schools for Healthcare Management” by U.S. News & World Report.
College of Dentistry
- Provides care through more than 100,000 patient visits annually, directly impacting underserved populations in North Texas and benefiting the entire state through outreach programs.
- Highest percent of under-represented minority students in the nation.
Coastal Bend Health Education Center
- Comprehensive health promotion center focused on improving health in South Texas by serving nearly 5,000 community members with the Diabetes Education Program.
- The Medication Assistance Program impacts the lives of nearly 800 patients—more than $2.3 million saved on prescriptions.
Institute of Biosciences & Technology
- One of the nation’s leading translational research institutes with four centers of research excellence and numerous nationally funded programs.
- Discoveries have led to creation of three spin-off companies developed to bring patients life-saving therapies that include a drug to stimulate the body’s innate immune system, snake venom antidotes, and repurposed drug compositions for fighting cancer.
Center for Innovation in Advanced Development & Manufacturing
- Founded on an initial $285.6 million public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and collaborating academic, commercial and State of Texas stakeholders.
- One of three centers in the United States—and the only one housed at an academic institution—initiated by the federal government to bolster the nation’s preparedness and response to public health threats, including pandemic influenza and Ebola.