Established over 40 years ago, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) has educated more than 10,000 health care professionals. Originally named the Texas Tech University of Medicine in 1969, today Texas Tech is comprised of seven schools with campuses in Abilene, Amarillo, El Paso, Odessa, Midland, Dallas/Fort Worth and Lubbock.
TTUHSCs, Anita Thigpen Perry School of Nursing, offers courses at the Abilene, Odessa, El Paso and Lubbock campuses, and trains over 1,000 students every year. The school opened in 1979 and the first students were accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program at the Lubbock campus in 1981. In 1985, RN to BSN students were accepted into the Permian Basin campus. The Master of Science program opened its doors three years later, and in 2008 the Nursing School started its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program.
Today the Anita Thigpen Perry School of Nursing offers online courses and master’s level courses and post-master’s certifications, as well as joint PhD programs with Texas Woman’s University. Students are also able to take their clinical practicum at the school’s Larry Combest Community Health and Wellness Center, which offers medical assistance to underserved residents of Lubbock Texas.
The Anita Thigpen Perry School of Nursing offers various undergraduate nursing degrees; the Traditional BSN program, the Second Degree BSN program and the TN to BSN web-based program. The Traditional BSN program is targeted to students who do not have their Registered Nurse (RN) licensure. This program can be completed in four semesters or 63 credit hours. The Second Degree BSN program awards a BSN to students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field of study. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree can complete the BSN degree in 12 months. The RN to BSN web-based program is for registered nurses who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and can be completed in two semesters. All courses are completed online and clinical practice is completed in the individual’s hometown. In order to apply to the undergraduate programs, applicants must have a 2.5 GPA and a minimum “C” average in all prerequisites.
The Anita Thigpen Perry School of Nursing offers several Masters and Doctoral degrees including; RN-MSN, MSN Administration, MSN Education, MSN Nurse-Midwifery, MSN Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, MSN Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, PM Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, PM Family Nurse Practitioner, PM Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and PhD in Nursing.
All masters level degrees require applicants to have a 3.0 GPA or higher and a Registered Nurse licensure and Post-Masters degrees require applicants to hold a masters degree. Almost all of the Masters and Post-Masters programs require letters of reference and personal essays for admission. The PhD in Nursing is a collaborative program with Texas Woman’s University and is offered at three campuses; Denton, Houston and Lubbock and classes begin in June of every year. Due to the fact that many students continue working while completing their PhD in Nursing, classes are offered online as well as in “executive sessions” three times every semester. These “executive sessions” run over 3 or 4 days from Thursday to Sunday at the Lubbock campus.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center,
1400 S Coulter Street,
Amarillo, TX 79106