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 Sciences. Formerly, students in the 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.
In addition to making enrollment history, TTUHSC El Paso’s upcoming semester will feature a number of community events, including:
Groove and Glow 5k
6 p.m. Saturday, October 1
Campus will be aglow with neon lights and music for the Greater El Paso Credit Union’s Groove and Glow 5k run/walk. Family-friendly, public festivities will begin at 6 p.m. Visit grooveandglow.com for more information.
Cookies, Cocoa and Holiday Cheer
5:30 p.m. Thursday, December 1
The El Paso community is invited to campus for a spectacular light show celebrating the holiday season. Festivities will include free photos, face painting and the chance to meet Santa and the characters from “Frozen.”