South Texas College (STC) expanded its Nursing and Allied Health Campus in McAllen with the addition of a new four-story, 90,000 square foot complex that includes a state-of-the-art simulation hospital and a new library. The hospital will provide real-world, hands-on experience for students in such fields as nursing, occupational and physical therapy, pharmacy, radiology, diagnostic sonography, and respiratory therapy.

The new facility will let the school graduate 450 additional nurses a year, more than double the current number, according to administrators at STC.

“This means 450 registered and licensed vocational nurses will be serving all of us in the community,” said College President Dr. Shirley A. Reed. “Because our students are from the Valley, they want to stay in the Valley. With this fabulous facility, we are going to provide first class state-of-the-art training for them, and we know they are going to stay here.”