Texas Tech Regents have approved a brand new building for the school of nursing in El Paso, with 25,000 square feet of space at an estimated cost of $11 million. It will take the El Paso school of nursing from a capacity of 150 to 500 students.
The building will be named the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing, and the completion date is projected to be August 2014.
Official records from the Texas Tech University System say, "When fully operational … [the new school] will admit up to 160 students per year, by permission of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board."
Dr. Jose Manuel de la Rosa, founding dean of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, was quoted in the El Paso Times as saying, "It is critical to El Paso because there is a tremendous shortage of nurses."
De la Rosa says there is a need for about 1,500 nurses in El Paso.
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