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University of Oklahoma-Health Sciences Center

University of Oklahoma-Health Sciences Center is college with 820 students located in Oklahoma City, OK.

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The OU Health Sciences Center is composed of seven health-related colleges located near the state capitol in Oklahoma City. Each of the colleges - Medicine Public Health, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Allied Health, and Graduate - contributes its specialized knowledge and expertise to the growing health sciences hub in central Oklahoma. In a year filled with financial challenges, the OU Health Sciences Center achieved $139 million in federal, state, corporate and nonprofit or foundation grants and contracts in FY09. Of the $139 million $50 million came from the National Institutes of Health, considered to be the gold standard for research.

FY09 was characterized by the start of construction of the OU Cancer Institute, the Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center moving into a new facility, and the dedication of a new building for the College of Allied Health.

Basic science and clinical investigators at the OU Health Sciences Center conduct cutting-edge research that includes gene regulation, infectious diseases, immunology, cardiovascular physiology, diabetes, cancer, ophthalmology, neuroscience and pharmaceutical sciences. Application has been made for a Clinical Translational Science Award that would change the complexion of research at OUHSC by emphasizing the translation of basic science findings to bedside treatments.

The OUHSC is home to one of the few departments of geriatrics in the nation that conduct basic research in aging.

OU also is one of the only primary centers in the world for genome studies, with the OUHSC actively engaged in sequencing a variety of microbial genomes. The center's growing faculty and facilities offer unparalleled opportunities for students, patient care and the development of the biomedical industry in Oklahoma.

Research at the OUHSC has led to the development of several companies, including Inoveon, Pure Protein, Hyalose, Selexys and Biolytx, all of which are located in the Oklahoma Health Center Research Park adjacent to the OUHSC campus. Other companies at the Research Park, such as Urocor, Charlesson and Genzyme, have had or continue to have close associations with active research programs at the OUHSC.

A Battelle study by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce pointed out the need for a comprehensive biosciences plan for the state if Oklahoma's economy is to grow and thrive in this century. The OUHSC is in the midst of a five-year strategic plan that aligns with this important goal and serves as a road map for future research on its campus.

The plan targets and builds upon existing research and clinical strengths to achieve a vigorous economy and healthier future for all Oklahomans. Previous research strategies boosted total sponsored awards at the OUHSC from $10 million in 1982 to $139 million in 2009.

The strategic plan provides the impetus for equally impressive research growth in the years ahead. The key areas of research targeted are cancer, diabetes, neuroscience/vision and infectious diseases/immunology. The OUHSC already had a solid core of basic and clinical researchers in these four areas, plus the largest biomedical infrastructure in the state. Through recruitment, the OUHSC continues to grow its ranks of top researchers. The strategic plan calls for a doubling of the OUHSC total biomedical research funding and the addition of 100 faculty members. There also are $377 million of capital projects under way.

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 820
Gender 13% Male / 87% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 96% Full Time / 4% Part Time
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 70%
Multi-racial 9%
International 0%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Ethnicity Unknown 1%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 5%
American Indian or Alaska Native 5%

Student Services

  • Career And Alumni Services
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Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (66%), Dental Hygiene/Hygienist (8%), Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist (7%), Communication Sciences and Disorders (6%), Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician (5%), Nutrition Sciences (3%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on the application of biomedical, psychological, and physical principles to the study of the scientific bases, development, and treatment of speech, language, hearing, and cognitive communication problems caused by disease, injury, or disability. Includes instruction in language science, hearing science, speech and voice science, biology of communication, behavioral linguistics, psychology, and applications to the development of diagnostic and rehabilitative strategies and technologies.

Job Opportunities:

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.
Speech-Language Pathologists
Assess and treat persons with speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders. May select alternative communication systems and teach their use. May perform research related to speech and language problems.
Audiologists
Assess and treat persons with hearing and related disorders. May fit hearing aids and provide auditory training. May perform research related to hearing problems.

A program that prepares individuals to clean teeth and apply preventive materials, provide oral health education and treatment counseling to patients, identify oral pathologies and injuries, and manage dental hygiene practices. Includes instruction in dental anatomy, microbiology, and pathology; dental hygiene theory and techniques; cleaning equipment operation and maintenance; dental materials; radiology; patient education and counseling; office management; supervised clinical training; and professional standards.

Job Opportunities:

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.
Dental Hygienists
Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop x rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.

A program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of physicians, to utilize medical ultrasound techniques to gather sonographic data used to diagnose a variety of conditions and diseases. Includes instruction in obtaining, reviewing, and integrating patient histories and data; patient instruction and care; anatomic, physiologic and pathologic data recording; sonographic data processing; sonography equipment operation; and professional standards and ethics.

Job Opportunities:

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
Produce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians.

A general, introductory, undifferentiated, or joint program in health services occupations that prepares individuals for either entry into specialized training programs or for a variety of concentrations in the allied health area. Includes instruction in the basic sciences, research and clinical procedures, and aspects of the subject matter related to various health occupations.

A program that prepares individuals to administer prescribed courses of radiation treatment, manage patients undergoing radiation therapy, and maintain pertinent records. Includes instruction in applied anatomy and physiology, oncologic pathology, radiation biology, radiation oncology procedures and techniques, radiation dosimetry, tumor localization, treatment planning, patient communication and management, data collection, record-keeping, and applicable standards and regulations.

Job Opportunities:

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.
Radiation Therapists
Provide radiation therapy to patients as prescribed by a radiologist according to established practices and standards. Duties may include reviewing prescription and diagnosis; acting as liaison with physician and supportive care personnel; preparing equipment, such as immobilization, treatment, and protection devices; and maintaining records, reports, and files. May assist in dosimetry procedures and tumor localization.
Radiologic Technologists
Take x rays and CAT scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient's blood stream for diagnostic purposes. Includes technologists who specialize in other scanning modalities.

A program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of physicians, to employ radioactive and stable nuclides in diagnostic evaluations and therapeutic applications while monitoring for patient health and safety. Includes instruction in nuclear physics, health physics, instrumentation and statistics, biochemistry, immunology, radiopharmacology, radiation biology, clinical nuclear medicine, radionuclide therapy, computer applications, safety regulations, equipment operation, quality control, laboratory procedures, taking patient histories, patient evaluation and monitoring, emergency first aid, administration and record-keeping, and personnel supervision.

Job Opportunities:

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.
Nuclear Medicine Technologists
Prepare, administer, and measure radioactive isotopes in therapeutic, diagnostic, and tracer studies using a variety of radioisotope equipment. Prepare stock solutions of radioactive materials and calculate doses to be administered by radiologists. Subject patients to radiation. Execute blood volume, red cell survival, and fat absorption studies following standard laboratory techniques.

A program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirmed, or other individuals or groups. Includes instruction in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, Referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.

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Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary
Demonstrate and teach patient care in classroom and clinical units to nursing students. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Registered Nurses
Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.

Bachelor's

A scientific program that focuses on the utilization of food for human growth and metabolism, in both normal and dysfunctional states, from the interdisciplinary perspective of the agricultural, human, biological, and biomedical sciences. Includes instruction in food science, biochemistry, physiology, dietetics, food and nutrition studies, biotechnology, biophysics, and the clinical sciences.

Job Opportunities:

Natural Sciences Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.
Biological Scientists, All Other
All biological scientists not listed separately.
Life Scientists, All Other
All life scientists not listed separately.
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in biological sciences. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Dietitians and Nutritionists
Plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease. May supervise activities of a department providing quantity food services, counsel individuals, or conduct nutritional research.
Dietetic Technicians
Assist in the provision of food service and nutritional programs, under the supervision of a dietitian. May plan and produce meals based on established guidelines, teach principles of food and nutrition, or counsel individuals.

Administration & Faculty

Sr Vice President and Provost Dewayne Andrews
Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Full-time Faculty 1153
Student : Faculty Ratio 8 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 52 : 47
Percentage of Faculty Members
Tenured Faculty 17
Tenure Track Faculty 6
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 75
International Faculty 13

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Finance

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Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $3,957 Same as On-Campus
Fees $2,109 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $6,066 $6,066

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $16,146 Same as On-Campus
Fees $2,109 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $18,255 $18,255

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://ouhsc.edu/sfs/.

Estimate the net price for you at http://ouhsc.edu/financialservices/sfa/ouhsccosts.asp.

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#314 Starting Median Salary Rankings

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