The largest provider of allied health education in Texas has announced the opening of its Houston Med Center campus near Texas Medical Center, the institution, The College of Health Care Professions, announced Dec. 3.

The new campus, located at 2616 South Loop W., Ste. 201, Houston, is the college’s fourth in the Greater Houston area, offering short-term programs designed to prepare working learners for fast-growing health care jobs in the region, including many on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the release.

“Even before the pandemic, the presence of a world-class healthcare system was accelerating the demand for talented workers throughout the Houston region," said Katherine McLean, the director of human resources at Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics, in the release. "Over the past nine months, that need has only become more urgent. This new campus will help us expand access to training opportunities and prepare learners to serve on the front lines immediately, supporting both the health and economic prosperity of our community.”

Texas Medical Center hospitals house over 106,000 employees and have an annual economic impact of over $25 billion, according to the release.

Offerings at the campus include certificates for dental and medical assistants and medical coding and billing, as well as an Associate of Applied Science program for health and medical administrative services.

“The CHCP Houston Med Center campus’s proximity to the Texas Medical Center will help learners access the hands-on experience needed to provide high-quality care, and allow us to continue to develop close-knit partnerships with employers,” CHCP CEO Eric Bing said in the release. “This is about enabling more aspiring professionals to not only pursue long-term career pathways, but also work as frontline healthcare heroes from day one.”