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Health & Medicine Profile

The Oxley College of Health Sciences

The Oxley College of Health Sciences
One of The University of Tulsa’s core values is its commitment to humanity, which is also the heart of the health sciences. TU’s new College of Health Sciences—comprising the University’s School of Nursing; the faculty of Community Medicine; and the Departments of Athletic Training, Communication Sciences and Disorders; and Exercise and Sports Science—offers an excellent curriculum for those interested in the health professions and research. Over the next five years, job growth in the health science professions is estimated to be between 25%–38%, depending on the specialty and region of the country. 

The College has formed a significant partnership with the University of Oklahoma to establish the School of Community Medicine to boost the number of physicians and physician assistants in the state. TU and OU-Tulsa also have a joint affiliation with the William K. Warren Foundation at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research and have forged valuable research partnerships in the areas of immunology, mental illness, informatics, brain imaging, and the neurosciences.

On campus, interdisciplinary study is vital to the College, and students and faculty are encouraged to collaborate with other disciplines throughout the University. Each program in the newly formed College is accredited by its national governing body.

School of Nursing
Because TU nursing students begin their first clinical experiences the spring of their sophomore year, they have five semesters to develop clinical skills. In addition to its conceptually integrated curriculum that progresses from simple to complex, the school offers opportunities for study abroad. Nursing school graduates are prepared for employment in hospital and community health agencies.

Department of Athletic Training
Certified athletic trainers specialize in the prevention, recognition/evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation, and reconditioning of injuries due to physical activity. TU’s program combines an extensive core of academic study with in-depth clinical rotations through intercollegiate, interscholastic, professional sport, industrial site, and sports medicine clinic settings.

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Students pursuing professional careers in speech-language pathology receive
clinical training and research opportunities in a field that requires a master’s degree. Undergraduate students follow a strict sequence of basic science and pre-professional courses and participate in a practicum at the University’s on-campus Mary K. Chapman Speech and Hearing Clinic during their senior year. Graduate students study communication sciences and disorders and participate in practicum at the clinic on campus as well as in a hospital/rehabilitation center and a public school setting.

Department of Exercise and Sports Science
Students can choose a track in this major that aligns with their career goals. The general/fitness track is preparation for careers in the fitness industry or in physical education. The pre-professional track prepares students for graduate programs in exercise physiology, biomechanics, or related fields. Students also can take courses required as prerequisites for medical or allied health fields, including physical therapy, physician assistant, or medical school.

Points of pride
The Oxley Foundation presented a generous donation of $15 million to the College of Health Sciences to provide critical support during the College’s launch in fall 2015.

The William K. Warren Foundation and Saint Francis Health System presented TU and OU $10 million in 2015 to establish an endowed scholarship fund to assist and support the higher education needs of medical students attending or preparing to attend the OU-TU School of Community Medicine in Tulsa. 

TU and the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR) made headlines in 2014 with the release of a university study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The TU/LIBR researchers reported that, compared with healthy controls, college football players with and without a history of concussions exhibit less volume in the hippocampus, a brain structure related to memory and emotion.




• Total enrollment: 4,682
• Undergraduate: 3,473
• Graduate and law: 1,209
• U.S. minority students: 18%
• International students: 20%

Petroleum engineering, mechanical engineering, exercise/sports science, nursing, management, biology, accounting, psychology, and finance

• ACT average: 29; ACT mid-50%: 27–32
• SAT average: 1260; SAT mid-50%: 1150–1440
• 75% of students graduated in the top 10% of their class.
• Average GPA: 3.9

• Tuition: $38,556
• Room and board: $10,630
• Fees: $1,015
• Total: $50,201

• Nickname: The Golden Hurricane
• NCAA Division I
• Member of American Athletic Conference
• Men’s sports: Basketball, cross-country, football, golf, indoor and outdoor track, soccer, tennis
• Women’s sports: Basketball, crew, cross-country, golf, indoor and outdoor track, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball

Areas of Study Degrees Offered

Athletic Training . . . . . . Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (B.S.A.T.)

Coaching  . . . . . . A minor is offered in coaching.

Exercise & Sports Science . . . . . . Bachelor of Science in Exercise & Sports Science (B.S.E.S.S.)

Nursing  . . . . . . Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

Speech-Language . . . . . . Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology (B.S.S.P.) and Pathology Master of Science (M.S.) (A minor is available.)