A record number of students have enrolled at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) this year to pursue degrees in medicine, nursing and the biomedical sciences.
TTUHSC El Paso has seen a significant growth spurt over the past year, going from 549 students in fall 2015 to 607 in fall 2016, an increase of 10.5 percent.
“It is exciting to see student growth at TTUHSC El Paso,” says Vice President of Student Services Kathryn Horn, M.D. “With this increase, I expect to see more service back to the community through student government activities and student organizations; I also hope that upon graduation, many of these students will help meet the health care needs of El Paso.”
The fall 2016 semester also marks the first time that all of TTUHSC El Paso’s academic programs are being offered exclusively through TTUHSC El Paso and not TTUHSC in Lubbock. Earlier this year, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) approved the university to offer a Master of Science and post-baccalaureate certificate in Biomedical Science.
Formerly, students in ethe biomedical sciences programs attended classes in El Paso, but officially earned their degrees and certificates from TTUHSC in Lubbock.
The first class of students in TTUHSC El Paso’s biomedical sciences programs begins its studies Monday, August 15 (M.S.) and Wednesday, August 17 (certificate).
For Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON) students, classes start Friday, August 19. Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM) students got an early start on Tuesday, July 5.