UNTHSC expands programs, sees record enrollment

The UNT Health Science Center’s enrollment hit an all-time high this Fall semester at 1,579 students. With the addition of the Physical Therapy (PT) program, a new Medical Education and Training (MET) Building and record incoming classes for the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) and the Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) program, the Health Science Center is rising to new heights of quantity and quality.

The PT program’s inaugural class brought 30 new students to the UNT Health Science Center. The 30-month program prepares students to practice as a doctor of Physical Therapy in one of today’s fastest growing health professions. TCOM and the PAS program welcomed the largest classes in the history of the schools, with 219 and 70 students, respectively. Since 2005, enrollment in the PAS program has increased by 101 percent. However, the growth has been a continual trend in all schools at the UNT Health Science Center, including the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Public Health, with each school seeing their highest enrollment this fall.

“There is a great need for physicians and other health professionals, and the increased enrollment in these programs indicates that students also recognize this need,” Thomas Yorio, PhD, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs and Research, said. “We are fortunate to be able to open a new education building that provides students with a first-class learning environment.”

With the new MET Building, the Health Science Center can accommodate larger classes in a state-of-the-art facility. The building houses classrooms and clinical training space, in addition to the 11,500-square-foot auditorium. The auditorium can be divided into two 250-seat rooms and features four projection screens and four flat-panel monitors for presentations.

“We have confidence that the Health Science Center will continue to grow and provide the best educational programs to meet the health care needs of Texas and beyond,” Yorio said.

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