Nursing

Undergraduate Programs

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.

  • 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 oncology, pediatrics, community health, or psychiatric care.

Where Horned Frogs Go?

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

How do I apply to Harris School of Nursing?

Prospective Freshman Students

Contact the TCU Admissions Office at 1-800-TCU-FROG or 817-257-7490 to request an application or requesting information on line through frogmail@tcu.edu email or through the Admissions homepage at admissions.tcu.edu. There is no separate application for admission to nursing for incoming freshman. Once the TCU Admissions Office receives all of the materials for your application (application fee, official transcripts, etc…) they will contact you by mail in about 2-3 weeks. Interested prospective students should schedule an appointment with an advisor to prepare a degree plan.

Freshman students must first be accepted to the university. Once a continuing nursing student has completed all the requirements for the nursing major and has no more than 12 hours of TCU core requirements remaining, the continuing nursing student is eligible to begin nursing courses. All nursing majors must maintain a TCU cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

Note: Students who come to TCU as a freshman DO NOT use NursingCAS

Freshman Nursing Majors

  • An entering freshman may declare nursing as a major and is considered a continuing nursing student.
  • Continuing nursing students should file intent to enroll in first semester of nursing clinical coursework by October 1 for the spring semester and February 1 for the fall semester.
  • Students who enter TCU as nursing majors usually begin nursing courses in the second semester of the sophomore year.
  • At this point, any continuing TCU nursing student, maintaining a GPA of 2.5 or higher, will be admitted to courses limited to nursing majors.

Change of Major into TCU Nursing

A student who wishes to change to the nursing major must meet with a nursing advisor prior to changing major. Students who do not enter TCU as a freshman nursing major will need to be aware of the following requirements:

  1. Students must have an established TCU GPA of at least a 2.5 and complete a minimum of one semester of coursework at TCU.
  2. Change of major requests must be completed by February 1 for the spring semester and October 1 for the fall semester.
  3. Students who enter the nursing major after the first semester of their freshman year will be on a four and a half year plan. In this scenario a student would be able to complete all TCU core classes prior to beginning nursing clinicals.

Here is a list of prerequisite courses that may be taken prior to declaring Nursing as a major.

  • PSYC 10213 – General Psychology
  • SOCI 20213 – Introductory Sociology
  • NTDT 20403 – Nutrition
  • MATH 10043 – Elementary Statistics
  • BIOL 20234 – Basic Microbiology
  • NURS 10303 – Human Development

*Please note that Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 20204 and BIOL 20214) will not be available to non-declared nursing majors

Reenrollment into TCU Nursing Major

The student who has been a nursing major and leaves TCU must apply for reenrollment after an absence of a full fall or spring semester. If the student meets enrollment criteria, the Registrar’s Office will contact the Dean’s Office, Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences to receive approval for the student to re-enroll as a nursing major. The student must meet the requirements for graduation based upon the published TCU Bulletin at the time of reentry into the nursing major. Reentering students may be required to pass comprehensive mastery exam(s).

Transfer Students

TCU defines a transfer student as a student who has been out of high school for at least one full semester and has attempted college or university work elsewhere for credit. Admission to TCU does not guarantee admission to nursing clinical coursework. Both applicants to the traditional and the accelerated program are considered transfer students.

Transfer students are only admitted to nursing clinical coursework in the fall semester.

Students who are completing prerequisite courses at another university and plan to apply to TCU Nursing as transfer students are asked to apply online via NursingCAS. The Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) allows applicants to use a single online application and set of transcripts to apply to multiple nursing programs at participating schools. NursingCAS manages all of TCU’s clinical nursing applications for the traditional and accelerated programs. Clinical applicants apply to NursingCAS only and do NOT apply directly to TCU. (This does NOT apply to freshmen students applying to TCU.)

Students who wish to transfer to TCU to complete nursing prerequisite courses and TCU core courses prior to beginning clinical coursework should contact the TCU Transfer Admissions Office at 1-800-TCU-FROG or 817-257-7490 to request an application or request information on line through frogmail@tcu.edu email or through the Admissions homepage at admissions.tcu.edu. Once the TCU Transfer Admissions Office receives all of the materials for your application (application fee, official transcripts, etc.) they will contact you by mail in 2-3 weeks. Students who are interested in transferring to the traditional or accelerated nursing program can email questions to Amanda Duvall at a.k.duvall@tcu.edu.

The number of new transfer students admitted to nursing clinical coursework each fall is determined by the availability of faculty, facilities, and the number of qualified continuing TCU students. Selection of transfer students for initial entry into the nursing coursework is based upon indicators of the applicant’s likelihood of success in the nursing program and in professional practice.

Transfer Student Policies

The following are transfer policies for students wishing to declare nursing as their major.

  1. For students completing prerequisite courses at TCU, admission to TCU does not guarantee admission to nursing clinical coursework.
  2. Due to limited clinical placements, the most qualified transfer applicants are admitted to nursing clinical coursework based on academic record, scores on the HESI A2 exam and completion of prerequisite courses.
  3. All application materials must be submitted and verified by NursingCAS by the February 1 deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No documents are submitted to TCU Admissions during the application process.
  4. All official academic transcripts must be provided and submitted to NursingCAS
    • HESI A2 Exam scores (pdf must be uploaded to NursingCAS) – You may register to take this exam at TCU. Students are only allowed to take this exam once every 12 months.
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    • Personal statement
  5. Preference will be given to students who have completed or are enrolled in nursing prerequisite courses by the application deadline.
  6. No grade less than C will transfer to TCU for academic credit. All courses in which applicants have been enrolled as well as earned grades are considered in the admission process.
  7. The minimum GPA requirement for the traditional program is a 2.5 cumulative. The minimum GPA requirement for accelerated program applicants who have a bachelor’s degree in another field is a 3.0 in either your previous undergraduate degree or in your nursing science prerequisite courses (A&P I, A&P II, Micro, & Stats). The minimum GPA requirement for accelerated program applicants who do NOT have a bachelor’s degree is a 3.5 cumulative or a 3.5 in your nursing science prerequisite courses (A&P I, A&P II, Micro, & Stats).
  8. Students are only allowed to apply for one program at a time. You cannot apply to both the accelerated and traditional program in the same application period.

Applicants interested in applying to the traditional or accelerated program must complete an application via NursingCAS. No documents are submitted directly to TCU during the application process. The application deadline for students applying to the traditional or accelerated program is February 1.

Pursuing the Nursing Major After Previous Nursing School Enrollment

Only transfer students in good standing and eligible for readmission to the previous nursing program(s) will be permitted to pursue a nursing major at TCU. Students that have previously been enrolled in a nursing clinical program at another institution must provide a Letter of Good Standing from their former nursing program stating they are eligible for readmission.

NursingCAS

NursingCAS will manage all documents and applications for nursing clinical applicants on behalf of TCU. Students will send all transcripts directly to the NursingCAS Support Team. Any application system questions should be directed to NursingCAS. You’re encouraged to follow NursingCAS on Twitter. After hours questions regarding documents and application system questions can be posted to NursingCAS via their Facebook or Twitter.

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Tuition & Financial Aid

Information about tuition for the program is available at financialaid.tcu.edu. For a detailed breakdown by semester or for additional loan and financial aid information, contact TCU Scholarship & Financial Aid Office at 817-257-7858 or by email to financialaid@tcu.edu.

Prerequisite Courses and TCU Core Courses

Below are the Texas Common Course Numbers (TCCN) that will transfer toward the Nursing Prerequisites and the TCU Core Curriculum. For further clarification about transfer credit from another college or university, please email Amanda Duvall at a.k.duvall@tcu.edu.

Applicants pursuing the accelerated program must be complete ALL nursing prerequisites and TCU core curriculum coursework and prior to the start of the program in August. Applicants pursing the traditional program must complete the nursing prerequisites only prior to the start of the program in August.

Nursing Prerequisites

  1. *Anatomy & Physiology I (BIOL 2401) – must include an in-person lab
  2. *Anatomy & Physiology II (BIOL 2402) – must include an in-person lab
  3. *Microbiology (BIOL 2420 or 2421) – must include an in-person lab
  4. *Elementary Statistics (MATH 1342 or 2342)
  5. Lifespan Human Development (PSYC 2314)
  6. Introductory Psychology (PSYC 2301)
  7. Introductory Sociology (SOCI 1301)
  8. Nutrition (HECO 1322)
  9. Pathophysiology (new 2016) – Accelerated program prerequisite only

*The Nursing science GPA is calculated using these four classes (A&PI, A&PII, Micro and Stats).

TCU Core Curriculum

  1. English Composition I (3 SH)
  2. English Composition II (3 SH)
  3. Humanities/Religious Traditions (RT/HUM) (3 SH)
  4. Humanities/Literary Traditions (LT/HUM) (3 SH)
  5. Humanities Elective (HUM) (3 SH)
  6. Historical Traditions (HT) (3 SH)
  7. Social Science (SSC) (3 SH)
  8. Fine Arts (FAR) (3 SH)
  9. Oral Communications (OCO) (3 SH)

To see how your previous coursework might transfer into TCU, please view our equivalency guide: transferrable core curriculum requirements equivalency guide.

Completion of BSN Degree

In compliance with the policy of the Texas Board of Nursing all applicants are informed that completion of the BSN degree does not guarantee eligibility for the registered nurse licensure examination. Professional character is necessary for an individual to conform to the requirements of the Nurse Practice Act.

In order to begin the nursing clinical coursework, each student must complete the criminal background check (CBC) as required by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) and submit proof of eligibility to sit for the NCLEX.

The only documentation accepted is:

a. Blue postcard from the BON stating the criminal background check is clear
b. Declaratory Order outcome letter stating student is eligible to take NCLEX
c. An Eligibility order from the BON

Any new event which may impact the student’s eligibility for licensure must be reported to the BON and to the Director of Undergraduate Nursing. Please contact the Texas Board of Nursing for specific Rules and Regulations at bon.state.tx.us/nursinglaw/rr.html