WTAMU announces relocation of nursing program to downtown Amarillo

KFDA WTAMU moving nursing program to Downtown Amarillo

CANYON, Texas (KFDA) - West Texas A&M University has announced the school’s nursing program is relocating to downtown Amarillo.

The program will move from the Canyon campus to the Harrington Academic Hall WTAMU Amarillo Center.

According to a news release, the move will place 250 undergraduate students and around 20 nursing faculty and staff in Amarillo.

The school’s president, Walter Wendler, believes Amarillo is a better rural medical location than Canyon and will allow students more convenient access to all of the city’s medical resources.

“The majority of nursing students already make the commute to Amarillo to perform clinical work," said Wendler.

Having the option of also going to class here should make things easier for them.

WTAMU says this will allow for more collaboration opportunities between the nursing program and other WTAMU programs, such as communication disorders.

The Amarillo location will also provide a new and state of the art facility where students will have access to modern nursing technology to enhance their learning experience better.

“WT’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences' mission is to enhance the quality of life for citizens in our region. Moving the Department of Nursing to Harrington Hall will allow us to expand our curricula and expand our ability to enhance the quality of life for citizens in our region,” said Dr. J. Dirk. Nelson, the dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

The relocation is projected for the fall of 2021.

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