Health & Life Sciences

Breeding Grounds for the Best Healthcare

At the core of Temple’s health and life sciences in Texas is the Temple Medical and Educational District, established in 2009 to promote future development around existing industry assets, where some of Texas’ greatest healthcare institutions are putting world-class healthcare at the fingertips of Central Texas.

Leading medical device, biotech and life sciences companies in Texas are setting down roots in Temple, including Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in the State of Texas; McLane Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital between Dallas and Austin; and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the largest VA medical consortium in Texas and fourth largest in the United States.

Minutes away and near Temple College, Everest Rehabilitation Hospitals recently opened a new $23 million, state-of-the-art facility on a six-acre campus, adding to Temple’s world-class medical facilities. Everest CEO Jay Quintana emphasized Temple’s talented workforce as a key factor in providing care at this new facility. “We are absolutely thrilled to be able to provide a state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation hospital and a remarkably trained staff for the benefit of Central Texans,” Quintana said.

Local entrepreneurship is fostered by the Temple Health and Bioscience District (THBD), which was created by legislation to support the economic development of Central Texas with a focus on health and bioscience. THBD is the only organization of its kind in Texas and is publicly funded by the citizens of Temple.

Temple’s diverse list of colleges of sciences and technology are growing the health and life sciences workforce of tomorrow, bolstered by a comprehensive medical education cluster, including Texas A&M University-Central Texas and Temple College. In 2020, Houston-based Baylor College of Medicine announced plans to open a new medical school campus in Temple as part of a partnership with Baylor Scott & White Health. The new campus is slated to open in fall 2023 with an inaugural class of 40 medical students with plans to increase by 40 students per year, welcoming 160 students over four years. The Texas Bioscience Institute at Temple College promotes a skilled medical and biotechnology and life sciences workforce in Texas at the high school level by offering students the opportunity to earn up to 60 college credit hours in STEM curriculum and even earn an associate degree by their high school graduation.

  • 2,754

    Number of Health & Life Sciences Establishments 2019

  • 30.2%

    Percentage of Workforce in Healthcare BLS 2019

  • 27.1%

    Annual Change in Employment 2010 – 2020

  • Top-10

    Healthcare Systems in the U.S Baylor Scott & White Health

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Training & Education

Students use microscopes at the Texas Bio Institute in Temple, TX

Med Ed

Many of the healthcare professionals who serve Temple patients graduate from regional institutions like the Texas A&M University – Central Texas and Temple College. At the high school level, Temple ISD’s Career & Technical Education Center and Belton ISD’s Career & Technical Education offer hands-on learning and certification in health sciences.

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A student at the Temple Health & Bioscience District in Temple, TX


The Texas Bioscience Institute (TBI) at Temple College offers STEM-based programs to high school students, transitioning military personnel, and other degree-seeking individuals to grow the region’s share of skilled medical and biotechnology workers.

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