University description (as per official university website)
The mission of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is to serve the needs of the citizens of Texas, the nation, and the world through programs committed to excellence and designed to:
* educate a diverse student body to become excellent health care providers and scientists
* engage in biomedical research focused on seeking information fundamental to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease
* provide compassionate and culturally competent state of the art clinical care
* enhance community health awareness, education and practices thereby improving the wellness of the citizenry.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033-4097, to award certificates and baccalaureate, master's, doctoral, and professional degrees. The institution was last reviewed and reaffirmed in 2008. The reaffirmation review covered the main campus and all extended sites. The institution's accreditation extends through 2018, and includes all programs offered on the institution's main campus as well as those offered at all extended program sites wherever located.
In June 2009, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio received the full three-year accreditation for its human research protection program by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AARHPP). This ensures higher-than-federal standards of protection for the safety of research participants, and for the protection of their rights as research subjects. Only 42 percent of academic health centers have received this accreditation as of June 2009.