Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso honored its graduates with an in-person commencement ceremony for the Hunt School of Nursing at the historic Plaza Theatre in Downtown El Paso.
Fifty-one students who’ve completed the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program and 15 who completed the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the Hunt School of Nursing were recognized during a commencement and pinning ceremony on May 8. Three students graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing.
This year is especially noteworthy as Hunt School of Nursing students have earned their degree during a worldwide pandemic. As part of their education, they completed clinical rotations in local hospitals, caring for patients with COVID-19.
Students in the Accelerated B.S.N. program take up to 17 credit hours per semester for four successive semesters and complete 1,008 hours of required clinical rotations. The rigorous program allows students to graduate in 16 months after completing a curriculum designed for cross-disciplinary collaboration. This is the only accelerated nursing program of its kind in the region.
Students in the R.N. to B.S.N. program are licensed nurses who have attended a community college and obtained an associate’s degree in nursing. To receive a bachelor’s degree, they complete 36 credit hours at the Hunt School of Nursing. Nurses with bachelor’s degrees have wider choices foremployment and greater opportunities for promotion throughout their careers.
To date, the Hunt School of Nursing has graduated more than 800 students, with 90% of those graduates staying in the region. The school of nursing currently has partnerships with every hospital in the El Paso community, which includes both clinical rotation opportunities and job placements post-graduation.
This year, TTUHSC El Paso is celebrating the Hunt School of Nursing’s 10-year anniversary and its contributions to higher education and health care as it addresses the critical shortage of nurses in West Texas.
All in attendance were required to wear facemasks and follow social distancing guidelines. The ceremony was livestreamed via Facebook at facebook.com/ttuhscep.
Spring commencement ceremonies a year ago were conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while commencement ceremonies in December 2020 were conducted with limited in-person formats.
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