On April 29, Sam Houston State University held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Health Professions Building, which will be located in Conroe.

In a nutshell

The new building, for which design was approved in late February, will be four stories and located next to the university’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, according to prior reporting. SHSU Chief Finance Officer Amanda Withers said the total project is expected to cost around $70 million.

During the groundbreaking ceremony, Emily Roper, dean of SHSU’s College of Health Sciences, said the new building will house four academic programs, including:

  • Master of Science in athletic training
  • Master of Science in dietetics
  • Doctor of physical therapy
  • Master of Science in physician assistant

“Bringing together athletic training, dietetics, physician’s assistant and physical therapy under one roof, students have greater opportunities for interprofessional education and shared learning,” Roper said.

What they’re saying

  • “The Health Professions Building represents Sam Houston State’s commitment to health care education, student success and community well-being,” Roper said.
  • “[The building] will expand our presence, it will demonstrate our continued commitment to academic excellence, innovation and prioritizing shared resources between the medical school and the health professions,” SHSU President Alisa White said. “I’m excited for the future.”
  • “It’s the interconnectivity, the interprofessional education that’s offered between the medical school here as well as the school of nursing in The Woodlands,” Withers said. “It just sets the perfect backdrop for all of those to interact.”

Stay tuned

Withers said the university anticipates moving into the new building in January 2026, with students starting to use the building that fall.