About Our School
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Health Professions is dedicated to providing a high-quality, 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 in merging "high tech and high touch" throughout their professional careers.
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From its first class of eighteen students in 1983, the School has grown steadily over the past twenty-five years. With campuses in Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland and Odessa, the School now serves over 1400 students enrolled in nineteen different graduate and undergraduate programs. We’ve been pioneers in a number of programs, from offering the first Doctor of Audiology program west of the Mississippi, to having the first Master of Science in Molecular Pathology in the country. The School of Health Professions’ goal has been to increase academic opportunities for the people of West Texas by offering quality education that meets the needs of our region and to turn out graduates who may choose to stay in this area and contribute to the quality of health and life in West Texas.
Academic degree programs offered include Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.); Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Sciences & Disorders (Ph.D); Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (Ph.D., RS); Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT); Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy (Sc.D., PT); Master of Science degrees in Molecular Pathology, Clinical Practice Management, and Speech-Language Pathology; professional Masters' degrees in Athletic Training (MAT), Occupational Therapy (MOT), Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS), and Rehabilitation Counseling (MRC); and Bachelor of Science degrees in Clinical Laboratory Science, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Clinical Services Management, and Health Sciences.
To increase educational access to health professionals who are serving communities throughout rural West Texas and the state, some programs rely extensively on non-traditional formats or distance education technologies. The Sc.D., PT employs a unique combination of weekend clinical clusters in communities around the state, that are supported by distance education technology, as well as short, intensive periods on campus, to offer practicing Physical Therapists the opportunity to achieve advanced clinical skills and competencies while maintaining their practice. The M.S. in Clinical Practice Management provides an internet-based opportunity for baccalaureate degrees PT's, OT's and other health professionals to upgrade their knowledge and skills, without leaving their communities. Similarly, the Master of Rehabilitation Counseling provides an opportunity for vocational rehabilitation counselors of the Texas Rehabilitation Commission, other State agencies and within the private sector to obtain their professional credentials while continuing to serve their clients. The Bachelors of Science in Clinical Services Management and Health Sciences provide web-based baccalaureate opportunities for graduates of community college Associate of Applied Science programs to prepare for career ladder progression, while continuing employment within their communities.
In addition to its nineteen different degree programs, all of which are accredited for the maximum periods allowable by their respective accrediting bodies, the School operates two Centers that have been approved by the Board of Regents:
- Center for Speech, Language and Hearing Research, within the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, seeks facilitate a collaborative effort among faculty in the programs of audiology, speech-language pathology, and rehabilitation sciences within the School of Health Professions and faculty from other programs within TTUHSC and Texas Tech University (TTU) who have interest and expertise in processing and production of auditory information, including linguistic stimuli.
- The Center for Clinical Rehabilitation Assessment within the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences consists of three clinical research laboratories (Gait Evaluation Laboratory, Balance Assessment Laboratory, and Energy Cost Assessment Laboratory), and integrates and promotes interdisciplinary research and clinical services in the Rehabilitation Sciences.
Personnel shortages continue in many of the health professions. Shortages are most acute in the clinical laboratory sciences, and for speech-language pathologists, audiologists and physician assistants. Increasing demands for physical therapists and occupational therapists are projected for the foreseeable future to meet the needs of an aging population. Similarly, the demand for certified and licensed athletic trainers is expected to grow dramatically within our society.
The School has an active faculty development program to encourage and provide financial support for faculty who participate in doctoral studies. With critical, national shortages of doctorally prepared faculty in the School's disciplines, this "grow your own" approach continues to strengthen the knowledge, skills and abilities of our faculty.
Departments within the School of Health Professions include:
Laboratory Sciences and Primary Care
- M.S., Molecular Pathology
- Master of Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.)
- B.S., Clinical Laboratory Science
- Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (Ph.D., RS)
- Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) in Physical Therapy - *Licensed Clinicians Only
- Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) - Traditional (Entry Level)
- Master of Athletic Training (M.A.T.)
- Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.)
Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
- Ph.D., Communication Sciences and Disorders
- Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.)
- M.S., Speech-Language Pathology
- B.S., Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Department of Clinic Administration and Rehabilitation Counseling
- M.S., Clinical Practice Management
- B.S., Clinical Services Management
- B.S., Health Sciences
- Master of Rehabilitation Counseling (M.R.C.)