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TTUHSC School of Nursing celebrates 40th anniversary

School officials attribute the growth in the number of student and graduates to the demand for BSN-prepared nurses throughout the state
Credit: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

ABILENE, Texas — The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Nurses is celebrating its 40th-anniversary in educating nurses.

According to a TTUHSC release, the school counts approximately 2,000 students across the state and almost 17,000 graduates as of May 2021.

Michael Evans, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN , TTUHSC School of Nursing dean and 

TTUHSC Grover E. Murray Professor, says the growth is because of the demand for BSN-prepared graduates across Texas.

“We have grown from a very small first-class to having students all across the state,” Evans said. “There has been a great demand, across the region and the state, that has grown over the years. That need married with our outstanding quality has caused us to grow gradually over the last 40 years.”

Since 2012, the school has grown to approximately 2,000 students, which makes it the largest school at TTUHSC and one of the largest in Texas.

“TTUHSC nursing graduates provide quality health care across our state and nation, and they hold leadership positions in facilities and in organizations that affect policy changes in health care,” Lori Rice-Spearman, Ph.D., TTUHSC president, said. “Our School of Nursing has been very innovative in the areas of simulation and interprofessional education over the past 40 years—but we’re just getting started.”

The challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic did not decrease the quality of the classes or the demand.  

Applications to school increased and a satellite campus was announced in April at the Methodist Mansfield Medical Center in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The TTUHSC School of Nursing offers four undergraduate pathways in nursing, according to the release. They are traditional BSN, second-degree accelerated BSN, Veteran to BSN, and RN to BSN.

The graduate programs include nine master's specializations, eight post-master's programs, graduate certificates in global health and rural community health, as well as a DNP program that includes BSN to DNP and post-graduate DNP program.