Instructional Programs
Dr. Paula Mitchell/Rio Grande Campus Dean - Health Career & Technical Education, Math and Science


Dr. Paula Mitchell

Thank you for your interest in our programs at El Paso Community College.

The Health Career and Technical Education, Math and Science Division has many opportunities to explore. This Division provides educational opportunities that prepare individuals in allied health careers, math and science to improve their personal quality of life and to contribute to their economically and culturally diverse community.

First, the Health Career and Technical Education Programs that are offered at El Paso Community College offer many opportunities for a career in health care. Our graduates are found throughout the community in many job settings—from doctor/dentist offices and clinics to medical centers.

I encourage you to explore the opportunities through the EPCC Catalog or through our special web site where you can find detailed career information to include salary and job opportunities for each field.

Most of the allied health programs are taught at the Rio Grande Campus, centrally located near Downtown El Paso. The Emergency Medical Services programs are taught primarily at the Mission del Paso Campus, with selected courses scheduled at other campuses and in partner high schools as dual credit or articulated programs. Various multi-disciplinary courses in the Health Professions & Related Sciences are scheduled at several campuses each semester with some courses offered on-line. Regardless of the location, the allied health programs are all under this Division.

If you are interested in one of these programs, it is very important that you complete a Health Careers Orientation given by the Health Counselors at the Rio Grande Campus to get accurate information about the Specialized Admissions Process and other unique requirements of these programs (e.g. background checks, substance abuse tests, and immunizations / titers).

Math and Science courses in several disciplines are found at the Rio Grande Campus and these also are offered at other campuses. Only the courses scheduled at the Rio Grande Campus are under this Division. Opportunities to take courses that are in areas of concentration for math, biology, geology, chemistry, and physics exist as well as those courses which are required for other programs. There are specialized laboratory facilities for math and science programs.

Tutoring is also available for many of these courses and programs. Other special services are found in this Division include the Rio Grande Border Health Clinic-Allied Health (dental clinic, sonography clinic, Falls Risk Clinic), Health Grants, and the Health and Science Computer Laboratory.

Please visit the Rio Grande Campus as many new exciting changes are coming in the next few years—new parking, a new building, and a multi-disciplinary allied health/nursing state-of-the-art simulation laboratory.

Dr. Paula R. Mitchell

For additional information, please feel free to contact:


Dr. Mitchell
Tel: (915) 831-4030


Dr. Paula Mitchell is the Dean for the Rio Grande Campus Health Career and Technical Education, Math, and Science. Dr. Mitchell joined the U.S. Army Nursing Student program during her junior year of college. She graduated from Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After graduation, Paula completed 8 years active duty and is now a member of the U.S. Army Retired Reserve.

While in the Army, Paula completed a specialized educational program as OB-GYN Nurse Practitioner, and earned a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Texas at Austin. After leaving the Army Paula earned a Doctorate in Education with a major in Educational Administration from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Dr. Mitchell has been at El Paso Community College for over 30 years, first as a nursing instructor, currently as Campus Dean and Dean of Health Career And Technical Education, Math and Science at the Rio Grande Campus.

Dr. Mitchell has been active in community activities, including:

  • Military Programs Evaluator, American Council on Education
  • Coordinator, West Texas Medical Reserve Corps
  • Appointed Commissioner and Chair, El Paso County Civil Service Commission (past)
  • Past President, Texas Society of Allied Health Professionals
  • Accreditation Site Visitor for NLNAC and CAPTE
  • Member of various Veterans, Educational, & Health related organizations
  • Past member of the Board of the El Paso City-County Health & Environmental District.
  • Past member of the Government Applications Review Committee of the Rio Grande Council of Government.
  • Past Co-Chair Health and Human Services Task Force of Unite El Paso.
  • Past Co-Chair, Health Task Force, Community Legislative Agenda.
  • Past Member of the Advisory Committee for the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, Border Health Research Center and (5) member of various other advisory committees.
  • Inducted into the El Paso Commission for Women’s Hall of Fame in March, 1999
  • Past President, Texas Nurses Association, District 1.

 Division Office

Roberta A. Rodriguez
Administrative Associate
Tel: (915) 831-4026


Elvia Curiel
Administrative Assistant
Tel: (915) 831-4600


Dolores Arellano
Administrative Assistant
Tel: (915) 831-4027


Physical Address:
100 West Rio Grande
El Paso, TX 79902




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Students who are interested in applying to any Specialized Admissions program in health and/or nursing will need to complete a Health Careers Orientation Session. Upon successful completion of the orientation the student will submit a completed application with a $10 fee to:

Valle Verde Campus

Enrollment Services Center
Admissions Office, 919 Hunter
El Paso, TX 79915

Attention Nursing and Health Careers Majors!

June 14, 2017 will be the last Health Careers Orientation Session held in the
ASC Boardroom at 9050 Viscount Blvd

Effective July 12, 2017, the Health Careers Orientation Sessions will be held at the Rio Grande Campus.
You will need to reserve a seat to attend.

Summer 2017

June 14, 2017 (Wednesday) 2-5 PM 9050 Viscount Blvd Administrative Services Center Bldg A - Auditorium
July 12, 2017 (Wednesday) 2-5 PM 100 W. Rio Grande Ave RG Campus Room A11
August 1, 2017 (Tuesday) 9-12 PM 100 W. Rio Grande Ave RG Campus Room A11

Fall 2017

September 14, 2017 (Thursday) 2-5 PM 100 W. Rio Grande Ave RG Campus Room A11
October 18, 2017 (Wednesday) 9-12 PM 100 W. Rio Grande Ave RG Campus Room A11
November 7, 2017 (Tuesday) 2-5 PM 100 W. Rio Grande Ave RG Campus Room A11
Dec 11, 2017 (Monday) 9-12 PM 100 W. Rio Grande Ave RG Campus Room A11

Health Careers Orientations are also available on-line

Access the Health Careers Orientation by going to:
Health Careers Orientation

Call 831-4636 to make an appointment for a Health Careers Orientation

Capacity is 30 maximum students

Sessions are subject to change without notice.
Sessions begin promptly at the designated time scheduled.

Note: Nursing applicants, this is one of two orientations you must complete to qualify for ranking.