The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter,
shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates
(1) Board--The Texas Higher Education Coordinating
(2) Commissioner--The Commissioner of Higher Education.
(3) Graduate medical education program--A nationally-accredited
post-medical degree (M.D.) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.)
program that prepares physicians for the independent practice of medicine
in a specific specialty area, also referred to as residency training.
The term also applies to the period of didactic and clinical education
in a medical subspecialty which follows the completion of education
in a recognized medical specialty, and which prepares physicians for
the independent practice of medicine in that subspecialty.
(4) Graduate professional nursing program--An educational
program of a public or private institution of higher education that
prepares students for a master's or doctoral degree, as defined in
Texas Education Code, §54.221.
(5) Hospital--A Texas health care facility, as defined
in Texas Health and Safety Code, §241.003, and includes a hospital
owned, maintained, or operated by the state, but does not include
a facility that is owned, maintained, or operated by the federal government
or an agency of the federal government.
(6) Medical school--A public or independent medical
institution that awards the doctor of medicine (M.D.) or doctor of
osteopathic medicine (D.O.) degree, as defined in Texas Education