SHSU Expands Its Nursing Program In The Woodlands

The Houston Chronicle reports (Apr. 9) that as the health care industry continues to boom in The Woodlands, SHSU is working to fill a growing demand for nurses in the region:

A new nursing wing is under construction at Sam Houston State University's The Woodlands Center on the fourth floor of a building on the Lone Star College-Montgomery campus in The Woodlands.

The $2.5 million center is being built in phases. The first phase is complete and students started in the program there in January. That phase included a large nursing skills laboratory, a nursing simulation center, administration offices and some faculty offices.

The second phase, currently under construction, will include a skills lab and additional faculty offices.

And while we're down in The Woodlands...
The school is exploring the possibility of opening a medical school just north of The Woodlands at the former Camp Strake site, which would be the first medical school in Montgomery County.

"We are currently in development on degree programs to put there," [Dean of the university's college of health sciences Dr. Michael] Lacourse said.

The university could face a long and difficult road to winning approval. Sam Houston State would need to get approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the regents of the state university system, as well as find the money to build it.

Johnson Development Corp. has agreed to set aside land at Camp Strake, a 2,000-acre campground south of Conroe that served the Boy Scout of America for seven decades and was purchased by the Houston-based developer last year.

While no final deal had been made, Johnson spokesman Bernard Kaplan confirmed talks between the university and the developer have taken place. He said the medical school's construction at Camp Strake was contingent on the university raising the money to build the hospital.

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