It is the expectation of all students enrolled at the UTHSC to maintain the high ethical and professional standards of the various disciplines of the health professions. Failure to do so may subject a student to suspension or other appropriate remedial action by the University as outlined in CenterScope, Maintenance of Ethical and Professional Standards of the Health Professions (http://catalog.uthsc.edu).
The goal of the College of Graduate Health Sciences is the broad preparation of students for the practice of research. This goal is achieved in part by graduate education in preparation for life-long learning. Modern graduate education requires that the accumulation of scientific knowledge be accompanied by the simultaneous acquisition of skills, attitudes, and behavior. The faculty has the responsibility to graduate the best possible scientists; thus, admission to the college is offered to those who present the highest qualifications for graduate study.
Students matriculating to the college must possess the following general qualities: critical thinking, sound judgment, emotional stability and maturity, empathy, physical and mental stamina, as well as the ability to learn and function in a wide variety of educational settings. Students must also be able to communicate effectively in oral and written form. They must possess essential functions of conceptual, integrative, and quantitative skills, including measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis. Problem solving in research requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, applicants should be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the special relationships of structures.
Students must exhibit behavioral and social skills and professionalism. Empathy, integrity, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation are all personal qualities that will be assessed during the admissions process and throughout graduate education. Students must possess the emotional well-being required for the full use of their intellectual abilities; the exercise of sound judgment; and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with their peers. Students must be able to tolerate the generally taxing demands of laboratory research and to function effectively when stressed. They must be able to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, and to learn to function in the face of the uncertainty inherent in research.