Nationwide, the demand for nurses remains high, driven by expanded access to healthcare and a growing elderly population. Also, advances in medical technology and a rapidly changing healthcare delivery system require highly educated nursing professionals.
As incoming cohort sizes continue to grow, space in the existing LHSON facility is limited. Classrooms in the current nursing school building hold between 50 and 60 students. When a cohort needs to meet together, they use lecture halls across the street in the Baylor University Medical Center, a world-famous teaching and research hospital. To meet the need for nurses and accommodate the LHSON’s growing program, Baylor purchased a 100,000 square-foot, four-story office building adjacent to the current nursing school building, Baylor University Medical Center and near the 80-plus professional nursing practice sites in the Dallas community.
Baylor is nearing its goal of raising $18 million for renovations that will dramatically address the need for more classrooms and for additional student services space. The new facility will create active learning classrooms to foster more dynamic group interaction. Additionally, a new auditorium will provide the nursing school much-needed space for speakers and events, as well as for instruction.
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