Texas Christian University Nursing School Review

Founded in 1897, Texas Christian University (TCU) is home to over 9,500 students. Texas Christian University offers over 130 undergraduate degrees, almost 50 masters degrees and 20 doctoral degrees.The Harris College of Nursing opened in 1946 and from that year until 2000, 3,500 BSN students graduated from the program.

In 2000, the Harris College of Nursing was renamed as the College of Health and Human Sciences, due to the Nursing school being joined by the Social Work, Communications Sciences and Disorders and Kinesiology departments. Again in 2004, the school changes its name to the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Students at Texas Christian University must apply by October 1 for the Spring semester and February 1 for the Fall semester and nursing courses begin in the second semester of an individuals second year. Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher in order to remain a nursing major. In addition to filling out the application and maintaining a 2.5 GPA, applicants must also have a minimum of a “C” grade in all prerequisites courses and provide proof of CPR certification. Applicants must also provide immunization records and submit HESI/A2 Admission scores. Applicants must also provide a drug screen and criminal background check as well as proof of health insurance.

Texas Christian University also has an Accelerated Bachelor of Science (BSN) in Nursing, which requires applicants to hold a baccalaureate degree in any field, except for nursing. Applicants must have completed prerequisites and provide all transcripts, as well as a resume, A2 HESI scores and provide proof of a GPA of 3.00 or higher in his or her undergraduate degree or nursing prerequisites. Applicants must also provide an essay, which outlines why the individual has chosen to purse a career in nursing. The application deadline is November 15.

Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers three majors in MSN; Clinical Nurse Specialist (adult/gerontology nursing or pediatric nursing), Clinical Nurse Leader and Nursing Education. The Adult/Gerontology Nursing curriculum is 31.5 hours of coursework and 8.5 hours of clinical practice, as is the Pediatric CNS major. The Nursing Education major curriculum is 33 hours of coursework, two hours of clinical practice and three hours of teaching practice. The Clinical Nurse Leader program is 26.5 hours of coursework and 6.5 hours of clinical practice and residency. The Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences also offers a Post-Maser’s Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate, a Post Master’s Nursing Education Certificate and a Post Master’s Clinical Nurse Leader Certificate.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is available to complete online. The degree is intended to educate students to take on leadership positions in business, healthcare, government and educational environments. This degree is ideal for individuals interested in using research in their daily career. The application deadline is November 15 for summer 2012 classes.

There are two tracks to the program offered at Harris College; Advanced Practice Nurses and Nurse Administrators. Advanced Practice Nurses must have a master’s degree and must provide certification and licensing board examinations. The Nurse Administrators degree requires individuals to possess a master’s degree and RN licensure in the state the individual wishes to practice. The DNP degree can be completed in two years, with the first year consisting of coursework and the second year filled with practical experience and final projects. Students may also study on a part-time basis. Students must sustain a 3.0 GPA.

Texas Christian University
2800 South University Drive,
Fort Worth, TX 76129-0002,
United States
(817) 257-7000