Nursing, criminal justice among top on West Campus

By Marissa Martinez

AC Current Assistant Editor


In 1967, the Amarillo College West Campus started out as a school for vocational arts.

Since then, many renovations have been made to the campus and other courses of study have been added, making the campus home to more than 18 programs.

Students now have another area of study to choose from.

“We are adding a brand new program called the clinical medical assistant program to meet the needs of our medical affiliates,” said Mark Rowh, dean of health sciences.

Dr. Richard Pullen, assistant director of the nursing program, said the new program will help graduates secure jobs after graduation.

“One hundred percent of students seeking part-time of full-time positions in nursing find one,” Pullen said. “The sky is the limit for nursing.”

Pullen said that in comparing registered nursing and licensed vocation nursing programs across the state, AC is among the best. He said the Student Nurses Association and Licensed Vocational Nurses Association are active in student socials and community projects.

The West Campus is used for several other programs and, according to Sondra Beighle, associate director of the criminal justice program, the criminal justice program has a high success rate as well.

“In the last several years, we have had 100 percent pass rates,” Beighle said.

She said at least 90 percent of students graduating from the Law Enforcement Academy obtain jobs after graduating.

The criminal justice program also is recognized by the state for its excellent training in law enforcement and other law enforcement in-service training, instructors said.

“People come from all over the state to attend many of our conferences and seminars,” Beighle said.

Other programs offered on the West Campus include nuclear medicine technology, radiation therapy, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapist assistant, nursing, licensed vocational nursing, child care, dental hygiene, dental assisting, mortuary science, criminal justice and more.

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