The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) announced its largest enrollment ever as of the twentieth class day, which is the official reporting date to the state. The fall 2011 enrollment of 4,089 students is up 11 percent over the 3,710 enrolled for fall 2010.
Today'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.
"We are excited to see the continued growth of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center," Hance said. "Dr. Mitchell and his team have done an excellent job realizing our strategic enrollment goals as we prepare the next generation of health care professionals for the West Texas area and beyond."
TTUHSC President Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., added, "As West Texas' only academic health center, our continued growth signifies our commitment to our core charter of providing quality education with the goal of improving access to care for the people who reside in this region."
The School of Nursing had the highest enrollment of the TTUHSC schools with 1,330 students. The newly established El Paso Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing had 38 students. The School of Allied Health Sciences had the second highest enrollment with 1,277 students. The schools of medicine and pharmacy enrolled 573 and 580 students respectively. The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences enrolled 113 students this year.
The Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso began with 40 students in August 2009. This year, 178 medical students are enrolled.
"Our continued enrollment growth is a reflection of Texas Tech University Health Science Center's local, national and international reputation in providing outstanding health care education," said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Rial Rolfe, Ph.D. "We are very proud of our extraordinary students and exceptional faculty."
TTUHSC is a multi-campus institution with campuses in Lubbock, Amarillo, Abilene, El Paso, Highland Lakes, Dallas, Midland and Odessa.