I welcome the opportunity to introduce the School of Health Professions. Established by the Texas State Legislature in 1981, the School of Health Professions was created to educate health professionals to fill crucial shortages in the health care needs of the people of West Texas. The School of Health Professions has since become a dynamic and vital member of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center team.
From the first class of 18 students in 1983, the School has grown steadily and now serves over 1800 students enrolled in twenty different graduate and undergraduate degree programs, with campuses in Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland, and Odessa. In preparing health professionals who will meet the evolving health care needs of all Texans in the 21st century, the School of Health Professions remains focused on earning regional and national recognition for teaching and clinical excellence with an ever-increasing array of high-quality educational programs that respond to the needs of Texans.
Our mission is to provide a high-quality, inclusive, and diverse student-centered learning environment that seeks, through continuous quality improvement, to achieve the highest levels of excellence in teaching, research and clinical service, while fostering in our students the professional insight and service-oriented compassion that will enable them to excel throughout their professional careers. The faculty, students, and graduates of the School of Health Professions represent the very best in the complement of ideas, education, and clinical skills offered in service to the people of Texas.