LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) announced its largest enrollment in the institution's history. The fall 2010 enrollment of 3,727 students is up 14.7 percent over the 3,250 enrolled for fall 2009.
Thursday's announcement is the result of the strategic efforts of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center said Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance.
"Growing enrollment has been a top priority for the institutions of the Texas Tech University System. Under the leadership of President Mitchell and his team, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center has seen a significant increase in the student population this fall and has set enrollment records each year, growing approximately 50 percent over the last four years," Hance said.
TTUHSC President Tedd L. Mitchell added, "Strategic growth is important for our institution to address the shortage of health care professionals. We believe our schools offer some of the best academic and innovative programs to attract these students."
Enrollment in both new and existing U.S. medical schools continues to expand to meet the nation's need for more doctors, according to data released by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). In 2009, first-year enrollment in the nation's medical schools rose by 2 percent over 2008 to nearly 18,400 students.
Four new U.S. medical schools—FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, The Commonwealth Medical College, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, and the University of Central Florida College of Medicine—seated their first entering classes last year, accounting for half of the 2009 enrollment increase. The Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso began with 40 students August 2009. This year they seated 99 medical students.
The Anita Thigpen Perry School of Nursing had the highest enrollment of the TTUHSC schools with 1,206 students The School of Allied Health Sciences had the second highest enrollment with 1,204 students. The schools of Medicine and Pharmacy enrolled 578 and 542 students respectively. The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences enrolled 98 students this year.
"We are very pleased with the continued growth in our enrollment numbers. Perhaps even more satisfying is the exceptional quality of students from around the world that choose Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center to pursue their health care educational and career goals," said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Rial Rolfe, Ph.D.
TTUHSC is a multi-campus institution with campuses in Lubbock, Amarillo, Abilene, El Paso, Highland Lakes, Dallas, Midland and Odessa.
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