Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Honors Inaugural Cohort of School of Nursing Traditional BSN Graduates with Lamp Lighting Ceremony

The students began the program in January 2022.

BSN students stand in a line with candles for lamp lighting ceremony

Florence Nightingale was known as the "lady with the lamp"

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Nursing honored its first class of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) graduates with a lamp lighting ceremony on Thursday (March 30).

“Florence Nightingale was known as the lady with the lamp,” Valerie Kiper, DNP, R.N., regional dean of the School of Nursing in Amarillo, explained. “During the Crimean War, she stayed up late at night checking the ailing soldiers in the hospital. She always had a kind and compassionate spirit about her. She is considered the mother and pioneer of nursing because of her courageousness and devotion to nursing the soldiers back to health. Her work and scientific underpinnings laid the foundation for modern nursing.”

students stand in line for TTUHSC School of Nursing's lamp lighting ceremony

The traditional BSN program expanded, adding a physical presence on the Amarillo campus. 

TTUHSC has been a community partner in health care in Amarillo for 50 years. The expansion of the traditional BSN program in 2022 added a physical presence for the School of Nursing on the Amarillo campus. 

“Like Nightingale, TTUHSC has laid the foundation to promote an ongoing commitment to provide a compassionate and dedicated nursing workforce for the Texas Panhandle through the Traditional BSN Nursing program in Amarillo,” Kiper said. 

The additional program has brought additional opportunities to transform health care starting with these 20 students in the inaugural class. The goal is to soon see more nurses remain in the Panhandle after getting their educations in Amarillo.  

students stand in line for TTUHSC School of Nursing's lamp lighting ceremony

The traditional BSN program is for students who are not yet RNs.

“Even before the pandemic, the Texas Panhandle struggled to meet the demands for nursing in Amarillo as well as the vast surrounding rural communities,” Kiper said. “After years of working with our community partners, this is the first step in really making a positive impact in the nursing shortage in our area.” 
TTUHSC School of Nursing was named the best nursing school in Texas and the Southwest region for 2022 by Nursing Schools Almanac. The school also ranked No. 10 nationally among public nursing schools and No. 18 among all nursing schools in the U.S.

Nursing Schools Almanac based their findings on an assessment of more than 3,000 nursing schools and campuses nationwide. Only 3% make the list of the 100 best nursing schools in the nation.
The traditional BSN program at TTUHSC offers state-of-the-art nursing education for students who are not yet registered nurses (RN). Upon completion of lower-division prerequisite coursework, students complete approximately 60-semester credit hours of upper-division coursework at TTUHSC across four semesters. New cohorts of 20 students begin the program every four months.

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