Healthcare in Odessa
The Odessa medical community can take good care of you. Over the last several years, Odessa has grown to be the healthcare hub for the surrounding communities with state-of-the-art services and technology. There are more than 200 physicians representing a wide variety of specialties, including cardiovascular surgery, emergency care and comprehensive cancer care. In addition, there are more than 80 dentists in the community.
Acute Care Hospitals
Medical Center Health System and Odessa Regional Medical Center are full-service hospitals with a combined total of 632 licensed beds. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in Odessa is dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare, medical education and research in the Permian Basin. In addition to several medical residency programs, TTUHSC also offers bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in many healthcare fields.
Higher Education in the Medical Field
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin College of Nursing provides a pre-licensure Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN). The degree is science-based, patient-centered, and caring-driven. The curriculum consists of four years. The BSN program at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin prepares graduates to work in a wide variety of clinical settings and provides the necessary foundation for masters and doctoral degrees in nursing. Graduates of the BSN program will be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN ®).
Odessa College Nursing Program
The curriculum of the Odessa College associate degree nursing program prepares graduates to assume beginning staff positions under supervision as a member of the profession, as a provider of patient-centered care, as a patient safety advocate, and as a member of the healthcare team. Upon successful completion of the licensing examination, NCLEX-RN®, the graduate becomes a registered nurse. Odessa College offers generic and transition tracks to obtain the associate degree in applied science in nursing.
Texas Tech Health Sciences Center
The Odessa campus provides a premier learning environment for the School of Health Professions students with state of the art classrooms, laboratories, computer resources, and student support areas ranking among the finest within the State of Texas. Students at the Odessa campus are provided an educational structure for classroom and laboratory instruction by on-site faculty.
The TTUHSC Odessa campus also includes a School of Medicine and a School of Nursing. The School of Health Professions and the Health Sciences Center have tremendous community support with a designated Advisory Council comprised of over thirty highly involved and influential area volunteers.