The Health Science Center is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), which is defined as an accredited and degree-granting public or private nonprofit institution of higher education with at least 25 percent or more total undergraduate Hispanic full-time equivalent student enrollment.


Both the Medical School and Dental School have state-mandated enrollment caps for each class. No more than 200 medical students and no more than 90 dental students may begin studies each year. Student retention in these schools is 95 percent to 100 percent annually.


The School of Nursing and School of Health Professions, with large undergraduate as well as graduate degree programs, have more than 25 percent Hispanic student enrollment.


Among its many academic offerings, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences prepares school teachers for future Ph.D.-level study by offering a Master of Science degree that equips them as master science teachers in their classrooms.

The Health Science Center offers health-science-related degrees (M.D., D.D.S., Ph.D., for example) and pre- and post-baccalaureate certificate programs in 63 specialties.

(for school year 2008-2009)

School Enrollments
Dental School  
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences  
School of Health Professions  
School of Medicine  
School of Nursing  


Minority Enrollment
Hispanic 24% (667)
All minorities 38% (1,055)
(excludes multicultural or foreign students, and students who did not respond to race/ethnicity)

(for school year September 2004 - August 2005)
MD 194
DDS 85
PhD 26
PharmD 33
MS 125
BS 357
Certificates 187