University description (as per official university website)
TheTexas A&M Health Science Center, established in 1999, is committed to improving the health of Texans through integrated education, research and public service programs that emphasize accessibility and public and community health. This approach extends the land-grant philosophy of The Texas A&M University System to improving the quality of life through good health and strengthening the economy by encouraging a healthy workforce.
The Board of Regents of the A&M System officially approved the establishment of the Texas A&M Health Science Center in September 1997. One year prior, in September 1996, the Board of Regents authorized the chancellor to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the feasibility of consolidation of the major health-related elements within the A&M System into a System-wide health science center. The rationale for this analysis included the potential for better service to the people of Texas through a statewide emphasis on community health, increased effectiveness through multidisciplinary collaboration, a central focal point for health-related issues within the A&M System and enhanced external support for the health programs. The results of this study recommended to the Board of Regents that the Texas A&M University College of Medicine, the then-proposed School of Rural Public Health, Baylor College of Dentistry and the Institute of Biosciences and Technology be integrated into a new institution – The Texas A&M Health Science Center. The recommendation also included creating a Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences to offer graduate degree programs in medicine, dentistry and public health.
In addition to these four components, very strong programmatic connections were established with the A&M System nursing programs at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University-Texarkana, Prairie View A&M University, Tarleton State University in Stephenville, and West Texas A&M University in Canyon. In addition, the Texas A&M Health Science Center has established relationships with Texas Cooperative Extension and the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, which have employees serving all 254 Texas counties.
As a result of the study, a resolution was written by the 75th Texas Legislature in support of the desire of the Board of Regents to accomplish the consolidation. The formal reorganization of existing members into an A&M System Health Science Center was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on January 23, 1998, and the School of Rural Public Health was officially approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on April 23, 1998. During the 76th Texas Legislature, funding was approved to consolidate and create the new A&M System Health Science Center effective September 1, 1999.
Our university is a premier assembly of colleges devoted to educating health professionals and researchers of extraordinary competence and integrity. Our faculty, staff and students are united by a belief that all people, regardless of geography, economics or culture, deserve the benefits of compassionate care, superior science and exceptional health education.
In all we do, we dedicate the full measure of our resources and abilities to advancing the knowledge and technologies of our professions, and to bringing Texans the finest in health education, promotion and care. Because of our work, people’s lives are changed — across our state, around the nation, and throughout the world.
Students should apply annually for student financial aid by completing the FAFSA. It is important when applying for student financial aid, that students use the correct school code. The correct code is "004948". The HSC will receive results from the student's application that will be used to determine their eligibility for financial assistance. Please take time to make sure that your data provided is correct and is based on your most recent tax year data. The FAFSA can be completed by going to www.fafsa.ed.gov. If this is the first FAFSA you have completed you will need to apply for a pin number at www.pin.ed.gov. The pin will serve as your digital signature and allow you to make changes if necessary. If you are a returning student, you will use the same pin number that you used in prior years.
The 2008-2009 term will be the last year that we will require the completion of the Student Data Form. If you are applying for financial aid for the 2008-2009 award year, the Student Data Form can be downloaded by visiting our Forms page. Please return it to us as soon as you can.
If you are applying for financial aid for the 2009-2010 school year the Student Data Form is not required.
In addition to the FAFSA results, the Office of Student Financial Aid will sometimes request additional documentation from a student. This request is done when we are required to verify some information by the Department of Education. When we need additional documentation we will always notify you in writing and direct you to the location of the forms.
First time students who are receiving a loan through the Federal Family Education Loan Program, referred to as a Stafford Loan, are required to complete Entrance Counseling. This will be accomplished when you follow the instructions that arrived with your award notification.