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 1400 students enrolled in nineteen different graduate and undergraduate
degree programs, with campuses in Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland, and Odessa. In preparing
allied 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.