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About TTUHSC at Abilene

A glimpse at how it all began for TTUHSC in Abilene...

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A group from Abilene, known as Abilene Community Partners, approached the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in the fall of 2004 to explore the possibility of expanding TTUHSC's pharmacy program to their city. The Abilene group and the School of Pharmacy worked together for the next year to develop an expansion plan, which the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved in January 2006. The approval paved the way for Abilene to join Dallas/Fort Worth and Lubbock as regional campus sites for the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy, whose main campus is located in Amarillo. The first classes began at the Abilene campus in August 2007 and the founding class graduated in 2011.

Today, Sara Brouse, Pharm.D., is the regional dean for the School of Pharmacy's Abilene campus, which offers all four years of TTUHSC's Pharm.D. program. Abilene is home to roughly 160 pharmacy students, approximately 40 in each class.

To begin your pharmacy career at the TTUHSC campus in Abilene, please visit the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy.


In March 2008, the TTUHSC School of Nursing partnered with Hendrick Health System to establish the web-based Second Degree BSN program in Abilene. Nine students comprised the first class that began September 2008. In May 2009, the school expanded its Abilene presence by offering its traditional BSN program. Today, more than 120 TTUHSC nursing students are enrolled on the Abilene campus where they receive their education and training inside a new School of Nursing building that was completed in 2013 and includes a state-of-the-art simulation center.

Pearl Merritt, Ed.D., M.S., MSN, is the Abilene regional dean for the School of Nursing, whose primary mission is to provide quality educational programs and advance excellence in health care for diverse populations through scholarship, research, clinical services and community service. 

To begin your career in nursing at the TTUHSC campus in Abilene, please visit the TTUHSC School of Nursing.


In March 2014, TTUHSC established a Department of Public Health and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program within the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Today, the future TTUHSC School of Public Health is located on the university's Abilene campus. The future school represents another strong collaboration between TTUHSC, Hendrick Health System and the Abilene community and was made possible by a large gift from private donors. It is the second largest gift in TTUHSC’s history. The money was used to construct a third building on the Abilene campus, which opened in September 2016. The gift will also provide start-up funds and establish an endowment for long-term sustainability.

In August 2017, the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents approved the naming of the TTUHSC Department of Public Health as the Julia Jones Matthews Department of Public Health. Jones Matthews is a longtime supporter of the Abilene community, Hendrick Health System and TTUHSC. She also co-founded the Dodge Jones Foundation, which works to improve and support philanthropic efforts in Abilene. The department will become the Julia Jones Matthews School of Public Health once accreditation of the future school is secured.

To find out how you can get your public health career started, please visit the TTUHSC Department of Public Health.


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