Program Length

In accordance with requirements of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), TTUHSC El Paso adheres to the following specific guidelines for program length:

  • First baccalaureate degree programs require a minimum of 120 semester credit hours.
  • Graduate degree programs require a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of graduate-level coursework.
  • Graduate-level and professional certificates must not exceed 29 semester credit hours. These guidelines apply to educational programs delivered both traditionally and via distance education.

The table below lists the minimum semester credit hours required for each certificate and degree program currently offered at TTUHSC El Paso.

Educational Program by TTUHSC El Paso School Minimum No. of Credit Hours
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences  
Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (M.S.) 36
Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Biomedical Sciences  18
Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing   
Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)1 33
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Accelerated B.S.N.)1 120
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (R.N. - B.S.N.)1 120
Paul L. Foster School of Medicine  
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) 157
Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine  
Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D) 174

150 percent or more of credit hours delivered via distance education.