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Statements of Goals for Student Achievement
and Student Success


School of Medicine

Students must complete a prescribed curriculum to earn the Medical Doctor (MD) degree. The curriculum is designed to be completed in four years. The first two years are dedicated to preclinical courses, which cover the basic sciences and fundamentals of medical practice. The remaining two years involve interaction with patients in ambulatory and in-patient settings for internal medicine, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery.  Successful completion of coursework, internal examinations, external examinations, and clinical experiences are required for advancement through the curriculum. (Detailed information about the curriculum and requirements for graduation are in the 2014-2015 Academic Catalog.)

The School of Medicine sets goals and assesses student achievement in several ways, including, retention/on-time graduation, passing national board examinations, and job placement after graduation.

Retention/On-time Graduation: Most students who enroll in the School of Medicine complete the program. Of the 2010 cohort of 105 entering students, 72% graduated in four years (2014).

National Board Examinations: The School of Medicine requires students to pass Step 1, Step 2 (CK) and Step 2 (CS) of the U.S. Medical Licensure Examinations (USMLE) to receive the MD degree. The first-time taker pass rate on Step 1 in 2013 was 87%. The first-time taker pass rate on Step 2 CK for 2013 was 85%. The first time taker pass rate on Step 2 CS for 2013 was 88%.

Job Placements: Students who graduate from the School of Medicine participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Of the 98 participants in the 2014 Match, 88% earned placements in residency programs as of March 2014.


Goals for Student Achievement
and Student Success

School of Dentistry

Students must complete a prescribed curriculum to earn the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. The curriculum is designed to be completed in four years. The first two years are dedicated to preclinical courses, which cover the basic sciences and fundamentals of dental practice. The remaining two years involve interaction with patients in the dental clinics and completion of specified dental procedures. Successful completion of coursework, internal examinations, external examinations, and clinical procedures are required for advancement through the curriculum. (Detailed information about the curriculum and requirements for graduation are in the 2014-2015 Academic Catalog.)

The School of Dentistry sets goals and assesses student achievement in several ways, including, retention/on-time graduation, passing national board examinations, and job placement after graduation.

Retention/On-time Graduation: Most students who enroll in the School of Dentistry complete the program. Of the 2010 cohort of 49 entering students, 85.7% graduated in four years.

National Board Examinations: The School of Dentistry requires students to pass Part I and Part II of the National Board of Dental Examiners (NBDE) examinations to receive the DDS degree. The percentage of students who pass the examinations on the first attempt is used as a measure of student learning and achievement. The first-time taker pass rate on Part I in 2013 was 94%. The first time taker pass rate on Part II in 2013 was 94%.

Job Placement: Students who graduate from the School of Dentistry pursue graduate study, private practice, or military service. The following table provides information about job placements of dental school graduates in the 2010 to 2014 graduating classes.

School of Dentistry Job Placements, May 2014 grads


Statements of Goals for Student Achievement and Student Success


School of Graduate Studies and Research

The School of Graduate Studies and Research offers doctoral and master’s level degrees. The requirements for program completion vary according to the degree. In addition to satisfactory performance in courses, candidates for degrees awarded by the School of Graduate Studies and Research must successfully achieve the following requirements:

SOGSR Degree Requirements

Detailed information about the curriculum and requirements for graduation are in the 2014-2015 Academic Catalog.

Retention/On-Time Graduation: The program length for graduate degrees varies.

PHD: Students in the doctoral degree programs who complete all requirements in seven years or less are considered as graduating on-time. However, the program allows students up to nine years to complete all requirements. Of the 2007 cohort of 10 students, 90% graduated in seven years or less:

MSPH: The Masters of Science in Public Health degree is designed to be completed in two years; however, students have up to five years to complete all requirements to receive the degree. The majority of students who enroll in the MSPH program graduate on-time (two years). Of the 2012 cohort of 25 students, 92% graduated in two years.

MHS: The Masters of Health Sciences is designed to be completed in one year. The majority of students who enroll in the MHS program graduate on time. Of the 2013 cohort of 44 students, 98% graduated on time.

MSCI: The MSCI program is designed for professionals who already hold the MD, DDS, or PHD. Completion of requirements for the Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation degree may take three to five years. Enrollment in this program is small and on-time graduation varies from year to year.


Job Placements: Students who earn degrees from the School of Graduate Studies and Research pursue graduate education, post-doctoral study, or employment following graduation. The record of placements for MSPH and PHD graduates from 2011 to 2014 is as follows. 

MSPH and PHD Job Placements