Housed in the Department of Urology, the Transplantation and Donation Sciences Master Degree (MSBS-TDS, PSM) program is the only academic program in the country designed to provide professional preparation for individuals who wish to become an organ Procurement Transplant Coordinator (PTC). PTCs facilitate the entire organ donation process from beginning to end, serving as liaisons between the donor’s family, the coroner/ medical examiner, the medical and nursing staff, the organ procurement organization (OPO), and all other involved entities. As a result, coordinators must skillfully and diplomatically deal with a number of issues, agendas, and personalities in order to achieve a successful organ transplant.
Combining core science coursework with business and management electives further enables the TaDS-MSBS, PSM graduate to step into the professional world of organ and tissue donation and be more prepared to obtain leadership positions within their OPO.
- Baccalaureate degree from a nationally accredited college or university.
- Overall grade point average of 3.0 in undergraduate coursework.
- Submission of online University of Toledo Graduate School Application including resume, personal statement, and payment of application fee.
- Three letters of recommendations
- A minimum of two semesters of coursework in the biological sciences, a minimum of two semesters of coursework in chemistry, and one semester of college algebra or higher-level math, with course grades of B or above.
- Satisfactory completion of a course in medical terminology and/or pass a medical terminology proficiency examination. Candidates who are unable to pass the initial medical terminology proficiency examination will be required to participate in a self- study program and take a re-test.
- The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and TOEFL may be required for international students.
- Interview with the TaDS program Director, if requested.
Although not required, shadowing an organ procurement coordinator is highly recommended.
Persons who are currently practicing professionals working for an OPO, are eligible to apply for this program and complete curriculum entirely on-line through the distance learning track. All other applicants who meet the above entrance requirements are eligible for the in person, on campus track.