About Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing
About Our School
The Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (SON) is located at the southwest tip of Texas in the city of El Paso, a more than 600,000 strong and growing metropolis whose sister city Juarez has a population of more than 1.5 million. El Paso is the sixth largest city in the state of Texas and was recently named “Safest U.S. City” of cities with a population of more than 500,000 (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2010).
In October 2010, the Hunt Family Foundation donated a $10 million gift to the Texas Tech University System. The donation is being used to develop the autonomous, fully-accredited TTUHSC Gayle Greve Hunt SON in El Paso. Gayle Greve Hunt is the wife of Woody L. Hunt, chairman of the Hunt Family Foundation and CEO of the Hunt Companies, headquartered in El Paso.
The Gayle Greve Hunt SON is the second nursing program in the Sun City. It was established to counteract a long-term shortage of nurses who provide care to this medically-underserved area. An influx of approximately 36,000 U.S. Army service members assigned to Fort Bliss (located within the El Paso City limits) over the last three years, has further strained the shortage of nurses. Many of these service members are female and will need maternal-child nursing care at some point. And many of the male service members have spouses and dependents of reproductive age. With the increasing shortage of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in Texas and across the country, the Gayle Greve Hunt SON is committed to preparing nursing students to meet the challenges of today's complex health care environment.
Very recently, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Board of Nursing granted initial approval to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) Gayle Greve Hunt SON. The school will begin admitting students on September 1, 2011. The next step is achieving voluntary professional accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Gayle Greve Hunt SON is proud to offer an innovative curriculum along with online courses to allow students flexibility while completing training.
The Traditional Bachelor’s of Nursing offers unique opportunities for students who are not registered nurses to receive the latest state-of-the-art baccalaureate nursing education. Combined with the expertise of nationally recognized faculty and the opportunity to work with other health care professionals, students receive an education that prepares them to become nursing leaders.
The Second Degree Bachelor’s of Nursing offers a bachelor's degree in nursing to those who have a bachelor's degree in any field and meet certain admissions requirements. This 12-month accelerated, alternate-entry BSN program uses new technologies in clinical competence assessment and web-based curriculum. Students gain clinical experience on-site at University Medical Center of El Paso.