Creating Better Lives Through Careers in Healthcare
The School of Health Professions offers numerous programs for those passionate about improving quality of life for patients.
If you spend any time on our website or social channels, you begin to notice a familiar
theme: improving the lives of patients. If you speak with a faculty member or student
of the 21 programs within the School of Health Professions, you will hear a similar
refrain; an enthusiasm for the opportunity to improve the quality of patients’ lives.
Whether it’s school-based occupational therapy or healthcare management, or the myriad of other programs, the TTUHSC School of Health Professions is committed to extending excellent, life-giving care to patients across the healthcare spectrum.
With 21 programs to choose from, including many flexible or distance-learning formats, prospective students will find the ideal program in which to explore, grow and achieve their unique goals in the healthcare field.
Laboratory Sciences and Primary Care Department
There are five programs within the department of Laboratory Sciences and Primary Care.
You can earn a B.S, Second Degree B.S. or certificate (online) in Clinical Laboratory Science, an M.S. in Molecular Pathology or a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies.
The U.S Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects a 7 percent growth in the fields of laboratory science and molecular pathology by 2029.
U.S News and World Report ranks Physician Assistant No. 1 out of 100 best jobs, the best STEM job, and the No. 1 overall best healthcare job.
Rehabilitation Sciences Department
There are seven programs within the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences:
- Master of Athletic Training Program (MAT)
- Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program (OTD)
- Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT)
- Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy Program (ScD) - Online
- Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program (OTDP) - Online
- Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science Program (Ph.D.)
Physical therapy is ranked No. 11 in best healthcare jobs. The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is one program with students located
across three campuses: Lubbock, Amarillo and Odessa. The physical facilities at the
three campuses offer modern, high-tech teaching and laboratory equipment designed
to facilitate an optimal learning environment while in the program.
Best Value Schools ranks our Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) as the best occupational therapy program in Texas.
Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences Department
There are five programs to study in the Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences Department:
- Doctor of Audiology Program (Au.D.)
- Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences Program (B.S.)
- Second Degree in Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences Program (Second Degree B.S.)
- Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Program (M.S.)
- CSD Concentration, Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science (Ph.D)
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says this about speech and language pathologists:
“Employment of speech-language pathologists is projected to grow 25 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom population grows older, there will be more instances of health conditions that can cause speech or language impairments, such as strokes or dementia.”
Healthcare Management & Leadership Department
Healthcare administration is an exciting and rewarding career. With the increasing
demand for healthcare services, the need for executives to oversee the provision of
these services is increasing as well, making it a highly in-demand position.
We offer a M.S. and B.S. degree in Healthcare Administration, both online.
Clinical Counseling & Mental Health Department
With the growth of research on the importance of mental health as well as the stress
and trauma the world has experienced through COVID-19, it’s no surprise that careers
in counseling are growing.
We offer Master’s (M.S.) degrees in Addiction Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling. All three are offered online.
On its list of top 25 best online Master’s in addiction counseling, Value Colleges ranks TTUHSC’s M.S. in Addiction Counseling 4th.
Looking Back and Looking Ahead
Since our first class of 18 students in 1983, we have grown to serve more than 2,070 students across 21 programs at four campuses in West Texas and online. We have pioneered new programs and earned top rankings, all in relentless pursuit of our vision to close every health care gap in West Texas and beyond.
Hybrid and Online Learning: Creating a Blended Experience for Digital and Physical Educational Spaces
September 15 is National Online Learning Day, to raise awareness of the benefits and challenges of teaching and learning online.
Addiction counseling focuses on helping patients overcome substance use disorders and other unhealthy dependencies.
CPRIT recently awarded a $1 million prevention grant to Rakhshanda Rahman, M.D., Rebeccah Baucom, M.D., and John Kidwell, M.D., from the TTUHSC School of Medicine.
The Innovation Hub at Research Park today (September 26, 2022) announced the winners of its annual Presidents' Innovative Startup Awards. The award recognizes startups that have a high potential for growth and an economic impact in West Texas.