The Paso del Norte region is served by large universities heavily invested in health care education and biomedical research such as the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, the University of Texas at El Paso and New Mexico State University.
The MCA campus is home to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, a former regional campus that became an independent medical university in 2013. Its educational and research infrastructure includes:
- The Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.
- The Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing.
- The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
- Almost $200 Million of new buildings since 2006, including the Medical Sciences Building II (under construction): an $84 million, five-story, 219,900-square-foot building that will triple the university’s research capacity.
- The Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine (in the development/feasibility study phase).
The University of Texas at El Paso, an important partner of the Medical Center of the Americas, is only a 10-minute drive from the MCA campus. UTEP has made major investments in its educational and research infrastructure--$270 million in capital improvements since 2009—in pursuit of Tier 1 research university status. Its new educational and research facilities since 2009 include:
- The College of Health Sciences and Nursing.
- The School of Pharmacy.
- Bio Sciences Research Building, including the Border Biomedical Research Center.
- Masters and doctoral programs in biomedical engineering.
- Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce
- The Biomedical Engineering Annex
- The Chemistry and Computer Science Building
- The Research Institute for Manufacturing and Engineering Systems.
- W.M. Keck Center for 3-D Innovation.
- $85 million Interdisciplinary Researching Building (scheduled for completion in 2019).
Less than an hour’s drive north of El Paso on Interstate 10 is New Mexico State University, another regional MCA partner. Its health care and biomedical education and research infrastructure includes:
- The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (a private college affiliated with NMSU).
- The School of Nursing.
- Arrowhead Park, a 200-acre hub for research and technology-based startups.
- An extensive research program supporting Los Alamos potl lab, Holloman Air Force Base, etc.