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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center begins new second-degree nursing program in Abilene

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Nursing has partnered with Hendrick Health System to establish a second-degree nursing program in Abilene. Graduates who have earned a bachelor’s degree in any field and meet certain admissions requirements will now have the option to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 12 months.

The alternate-entry nursing program uses new technologies in clinical competence assessment and a web-based curriculum. Students in the Abilene program will gain clinical experience on site at Hendrick Medical Center.

“This accelerated program is a wonderful opportunity for people who would like to become baccalaureate prepared nurses but do not have the time to go through traditional nursing training,” said Alexia Green, Ph.D., dean of the TTUHSC School of Nursing. “This is just another step TTUHSC has made toward helping to alleviate the nursing shortage in Texas.”

TTUHSC School of Nursing also has second degree nursing programs in Lubbock, Odessa and in the Austin/Hill Country.

“With the growing need for well-trained nurses in Texas and across the country, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is committed to creating programs that prepare nursing students to meet the challenges of today’s complex healthcare field,” said John C. Baldwin, M.D., president of TTUHSC.

TTUHSC School of Nursing anticipates approximately 20 students will enroll in the new second-degree nursing program this fall. The application deadline for the program is June 1. For more information, visit or call Marylin Taylor, Second Degree coordinator at 1-800-493-3954, ext. 278.