West Texas A&M University celebrated the official grand opening of the new Downtown Amarillo Nursing Campus.
The Baptist Community Services Nursing Education Floor opened to students in August at 720 South Tyler Street and will increase the university’s already sizable impact on healthcare.
The ceremony that included remarks from WT President Walter V. Wendler; Mike Wartes of BCS and High Plains Christian Ministries Foundation; Dr. J. Dirk Nelson, dean of the WT College of Nursing and Health Sciences; and Dr. Holly Jeffreys, department head of WT’s Department of Nursing. Mati Rigsby, who is earning a bachelor of science in public health and a master of public health in epidemiology and biostatistics at Texas A&M University, represented The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents as a student regent.
WT officials say over the past five years WT nursing graduates have averaged a 97 percent score on the National Council Licensure Examination have averaged a 97 percent score on the National Council Licensure Examination.
Nationally, the average is 85% but in Texas, it’s 87%.