Mission, Vision and Philosophy

Mission Statement

We endorse the Mission and Vision of Texas Christian University. Our specific mission is to prepare professional nurses to identify and respond with competence to multiple, complex human health-care needs. Graduates serve society through professional nursing roles and provide ethical leadership in practice, administration, teaching and scholarship. We are dedicated to professional nursing education based on a foundation of liberal arts, sciences, and humanities and to the promotion of an environment that encourages lifelong learning. We further affirm a commitment to professional competence and civic and professional responsibilities in a global society. The Nursing program is designed to meet the needs of high school graduates, transfer students, and registered nurses interested in obtaining the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.


The faculty affirms that individuals are holistic beings who possess inherent worth. The faculty believes that the education of the professional nurse should prepare a graduate who exhibits qualities of mind and character that are necessary to live a fulfilling life, act in the public interest locally and globally, and promote health and the nursing profession. The teaching/learning process is multidimensional and interactive, involving affective, cognitive and psychomotor changes. A liberal educational foundation assists persons to think critically and to seek improvement in themselves, the profession, and society. A liberal education provides the basis for the development of core competencies and knowledge of professional nursing. The faculty embraces the professional values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice. Nursing practice, conduct, and relationships are guided by professional standards and the ANA Code of Ethics. Sound clinical judgments characterize the practice of the professional nurse in providing safe, humanistic care of individuals, families, and groups in and across diverse environments. Portions of the above are based on the Essentials of College and University Education for Professional Nursing published by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (1998).

Our History

TCU Nursing, enabled by a trust fund established by the late Dr. Charles Houston Harris, was organized as an academic unit of TCU in 1946. TCU Nursing is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing. Graduates are eligible to sit for the examination for licensure as a registered nurse (R.N.) in Texas or any other state in the United States. Successful completion of the National Council Licensure Examination in one state qualifies graduates to apply for licensure in any other state.

TCU Nursing first achieved national accreditation in 1952 and has remained accredited since that time. In addition to the Texas Board of Nursing, the School is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Accredited and Nationally Recognized in Nursing

What makes us so good at what we do? The role of nursing is clear: delivering health care so that people may live full enriched lives. Nurses are the liaisons among doctors, patients and other members of the health care team. Studying nursing at TCU puts you in the center of a dynamic career field at a time when the need for health care is rising and the supply of nurses is dwindling.

  • Get to the point of health care beginning your sophomore year, with clinical experience in nationally recognized medical hospitals, community health agencies, schools and long-term care facilities.
  • Earn automatic clinical placement into the nursing program your freshman year as long as you meet selective criteria.
  • As a senior, select nursing electives that will give you advanced experience in a specialty area of nursing, such as maternity, pediatrics, community health, or psychiatric care.

Nurses have more options and flexibility than ever before. Recent TCU nursing grads are employed in home health care, churches, corporations, insurance companies, sales and marketing, e-health, military service, public health, legal consulting, education and, of course, hospitals and clinics.