About the TTUHSC @ Amarillo
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center began operations in Amarillo with the
School of Medicine in 1972, offering elective clinical rotations from borrowed space
in Northwest Texas Hospital and the VA Medical Center.
Family Medicine began training resident physicians in 1974, followed by Pediatrics
in 1978, Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1979, and Internal Medicine in 1988.
The first medical students entered class in Amarillo in 1978 at the newly-constructed
building at 1400 Wallace. Class sizes have steadily grown from the initial group of
five students to approximately 60 third-and fourth-year students. Richard Jordan,
M.D., serves as the regional dean of the School of Medicine.
While the original School of Medicine's location on Wallace Boulevard still houses
some departments and labs, a new state-of the-art facility was built in 2002 at 1400
The new facility also houses the School of Health Professions, which opened in 1994
with a temporary location at the Amarillo Speech and Hearing Center. The school trains
approximately 80 students annually in the areas of physical therapy, which now offers
a doctorate in the field, and occupational therapy. Michael Hooten, Ed.D., MHA, serves
as the regional dean of the school.
The School of Pharmacy broke ground on its four-story building in 1994, accepting
its first class of 65 Doctor of Pharmacy students in August 1996. The School of Pharmacy
graduated its charter class in the spring of 2000. There are approximately 450 students
enrolled in Pharm.D. and pharmacy residency programs at all four School of Pharmacy
campuses. Arthur Nelson Jr., R.Ph., Ph.D., is the founding dean and continues to serve
in this capacity.
Where To Go... What To Do.
Entertainment opportunities in Amarillo rival those of much larger cities. The Amarillo
Symphony, Long Star Ballet, Amarillo Little Theatre, Amarillo Art Center and Panhandle-Plains
Historical Museum provide outstanding cultural activities. Special events and concerts
appear regularly at the Amarillo Civic Center.
Amarillo's weather has been much maligned. But the fact is, a better climate would
be hard to find. Amarillo has mild winters, the nation's cleanest air and an average
humidity of only 20-25% for an ideal comfort level. Area residents enjoy an average
of 348 days of sunshine a year.
This excellent climate is perfect for weekend retreats at Palo Duro Canyon State Park,
America's second-largest canyon, or nearby Lake Meredith with facilities for water
skiing, fishing, sailing, scuba diving and picnicking. The city's 57 parks offer golf,
tennis, shooting range, swimming pools, and Wonderland Park for the kids.
Amarillo residents enjoy snow skiing at five major resorts, including the eighth-rated
ski slope in the world at Taos, N.M. Great trout fishing and camping are also nearby
in the Rocky Mountains.
Maps and Directions
Where Are We?
The short answer is, Texas Panhandle, on I-40 between Albuquerque and Oklahoma City. From the Amarillo International Airport we are only an hour away from Dallas/Fort
Some common driving distances are:
- Santa Fe, NM 4 Hours
- Albuquerque, NM 4 Hours
- Angel Fire/Red River/Taos 5 Hours
- Aspen/Denver/Vail 8 Hours
- Oklahoma, OK 4 Hours
- Dallas, TX 6 Hours
If you want to have a clear view of the city, here is where you will find the image.
Here is the legend for the image with some of cities attractions listed.