Tarleton State University adds a sixth academic college—the College of Health Sciences and Human Services—this fall to better serve some 1,600 students already enrolled in successful, established programs in medical lab sciences, public health, social work, counseling and nursing.

In response to Texas’ growing demand for health sciences and human services professionals, the new college will offer programs in Fort Worth, Waco and Midlothian as well as at its Stephenville campus and via its online Global Campus.

“Creating a College of Health Sciences and Human Services increases our ability to contribute to improved health and wellness across Texas,” said Tarleton Provost Karen Murray, “and to offer academic programs and hands-on learning opportunities that address issues affecting quality of life in a rapidly changing society.”

Tarleton is currently home to five colleges: the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; the College of Business Administration; the College of Education; the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, and the College of Science and Technology.

In addition to the Department of Nursing—which boasts more than 1,000 students—the new college will house Tarleton’s highly regarded Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences and Public Health, located in the heart of Fort Worth’s Medical District. The department preparesstudents for well-paying and prestigious positions in clinical laboratories and serves as a resource for the North Texas healthcare community, helping physicians diagnose and treat a variety of diseases.

Students enrolled in Tarleton’s Social Work Program—joining the College of Health Sciences and Human Services this fall—respond to the diverse needs of multicultural communities throughout North and Central Texas, with an emphasis on service to Hispanic, military and rural populations.

Tarleton-Waco’s social work students started a four-semester project this past fall in concert with NAMI Waco (the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness). In addition to cutting-edge research, students will provide 50 hours of public service to raise mental health awareness and help build a community of hope for those in need.

Also part of the new college, Tarleton’s Department of Counseling serves 150 students in Fort Worth and more than 50 in Waco in addition to those in Stephenville and online. Students enrolled at Tarleton-Fort Worth work hand-in-hand with several Tarrant County mental health organizations to improve community access to quality counseling services for people of all ages.