An architectural rendering of the new face of the School of Nursing and Health Professions facility

As one of the oldest schools of nursing in the Southwest, we are proud of our history and all that our graduates have done and continue to do to improve healthcare in their communities. We have exciting plans to help maintain our reputation as one of the best nursing schools in the region.

Originally built in the early 1970s, the nursing building was state-of-the art for its time. Now the facility is in need of expansion and renovation to address a request by the state of Texas to increase nursing enrollment to assist with the statewide shortage in this field. In 2007, we began a campaign that to date has raised more than $4 million toward a $6.3 million goal to bring the facility into the 21st century. In June 2009, the Mabee Foundation of Oklahoma generously committed to an $800,000 challenge grant to which alumni and friends are now responding. We hope to begin construction by mid-May.

Renovation plans:

  • Addition of third floor
  • Remodeled main lecture hall
  • Remodeled second-floor classrooms
  • Creation of a fully equipped hospital setting
  • Addition of latest technology and equipment available

The expansion will allow UIW to increase nursing enrollment by 50 percent, thus increasing the average number of new nursing students from 80 to 120 per year.

For more information on the campaign, visit