Texas Christian University Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences | 94% NCLEX Pass Rates

Texas Christian University (TCU) nursing students are ambitious, driven, and have proven records of academic success. TCU is committed to preparing students for long-lasting careers in a variety of nursing specialty areas.

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  • Programs Entry-Level BSN, MSN-to-DNP, CNL, BSN-to-DNP, Accelerated BSN, BSN, DNP, MSN, Post-grad Certificate, DNAP, NP, CRNA, CNS, Other
  • Location Fort Worth, TX
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Important TCU Highlights

  • TCU faculty is comprised of accomplished educators, researchers and practitioners interested in promoting the field of nursing education and practice
  • State of the art simulation and practice labs
  • The broad foundation of Liberal studies
  • Last semester includes a professional nursing residency
  • Lasting relationships through partnerships with regional health care systems

“Once I graduate from TCU, will I be able to get a job somewhere other than a hospital?”

Yes.  Nurses have a variety of options available including, clinics, insurance companies, home health care, private duty, churches, and/or large corporations. 

Texas Christian University Undergraduate Nursing Programs

Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The total time for the traditional BSN program is four years.

The number of students accepted into the program is 72. Through the program, you will start your clinical time beginning in your sophomore year. In your freshman year, you will receive curriculum for liberal arts and pre-nursing. Once you meet selective criteria, you will be added into the clinical placement freshman year. Senior year, you will be able to obtain advanced, specialized experience in maternity, pediatrics, community health, or psychiatric care.

Admission Requirements

The total number of credits needed to graduate includes 124 semester hours; 62 Nursing and 62 Non-Nursing.  

“What is the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) expected?”

The minimum GPA is 2.5.

“Is the HESI A2 required?”

Yes.  TCU provides availability for the HESI or you may choose another site.

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN)

This program is a fast paced program that is finished in 16-months and provides the same number of clinical hours as our traditional students.  There are 59 credit hours of nursing coursework over four semesters.

Admission Criteria

To be qualified for the accelerated bachelor’s degree, applicants must have a GPA requirement of at least 3.0 in either your previous degree or in your nursing science and math courses.

Those without a bachelor’s degree will be considered for this program with a preferred GPA of at least 3.5 in either all undergraduate coursework (cumulative GPA) or in nursing science and math courses (A&P1, A&PII, Micro, & Stats).

You must be able to pass the HESI A2 entrance exam.

Texas Christian University Graduate Nursing Programs

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences offers an exclusive all online Master of Science in Nursing.

MSN Tracks

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Adult-Gerontology or Pediatric


38-hour curriculum including: 29 semester hours of didactic coursework, nine semester hours of clinical practicum, and 540 supervised clinical hours.

Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)


33-hour curriculum including: 27 semester hours of didactic coursework, six semester hours of clinical practicum/residency, and 400 supervised clinical hours.

Nursing Administration and Leadership


36-hour curriculum including:  29 semester hours of didactic coursework, seven semester hours of clinical practicum, and 420 supervised clinical hours.

Nursing Education


36-hour curriculum comprises 31 semester hours of didactic coursework, two semester hours of clinical practicum, three semester hours of teaching practicum, and 240 supervised clinical hours.

Post-Master’s Certificates

  • Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) 
  • Nursing Administration and Leadership
  • Nursing Education
  • Master’s Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Receiving a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from TCU will enable the student to assume a leadership role as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) solving complex health care issues and assisting in developing new health care opportunities.

The DNP program is based on the TCU mission, “learning to change the world.”  Our DNP students are “making a difference in health care.”

BSN to DNP Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Program prepares the advanced practice nurse to provide care for the Adult-Gerontology or Pediatric population.

The CNS leader provides leadership in nursing practice, clinical expertise, and systems innovation. As an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), the CNS can diagnose, develop medical and nursing management plans of care, treat, and provide ongoing management of complex patients.

At the completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for national certification exams offered for the role by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Certification Corporation.

Requirements include a total of 65 credit hours and 1020 clinical hours.  Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average throughout the program.

The length of the program for the full-time student is three years (36 months). Part-time options are available.

BSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner

The Family Nurse Practitioner prepares the advanced practice nurse to provide comprehensive primary health care to individuals and families throughout the lifespan and across the continuum of health.

At the completion of the program, students will be eligible for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP).

Requirements include a total of 69 semester hours of coursework for completion. The curriculum comprises 50 hours didactic coursework and 19 hours of clinical practicum. Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average throughout the program.  Full-time students may complete the degree in three years (36 months) with part-time options available.

Post-Master’s DNP – APRN & Nursing Administration

Our current students include clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, and certified registered nurse anesthetists.


A master’s degree in nursing and current recognition as an advanced practice nurse by the appropriate certification and licensing boards are required for admission.

Must maintain their advanced practice recognition through practice requirements defined by appropriate certification and licensing boards.

Nurse Administrators

Our current students include department directors, vice presidents, chief nursing executives, and chief nursing officers. Nursing administration certification is recommended.

The length of the program is two years. Part-time study is also available. The program is delivered in an online format.

Doctor of Nursing Practice – Anesthesia (DNP-A)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice-Anesthesia post baccalaureate degree program (DNP-A) prepares nurse anesthetists to assume clinical leadership positions in a variety of health care, business, government, and educational organizations.

This is a 36-month doctoral program beginning each January and includes 20 months of coursework.

“I have been told I need critical care experience prior to being accepted into the anesthesia program. Which areas?”

Examples of critical care units accepted (not all inclusive):

  • Surgical Intensive Care
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Cardiothoracic Intensive care
  • Coronary Intensive Care

"How many nurse-anesthesia students does TCU accept?"

This number varies from year to year based on qualified applicants and slots available, but typically we accept approximately 55 to 65 students per year.


The Nursing programs at TCU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) accredits the Doctor of Nursing Practice-Anesthesia in TCU’s School of Nurse Anesthesia.


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    Dec 6, '17, 10:50 pm by
    Overall: 4.5 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 5 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 2 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Program: Entry-Level BSN, BSN
    Classes: On Campus
    Graduation: 2017
    Focus: Medical-Surgical

    My Experience

    My experience in nursing school at Texas Christian University has been absolutely phenomenal. Every professor in the program knows me by name and all of my classes are highly individualized. Class sizes range from 50 students in lectures to 5-8 students per clinical at the hospital. They do a fantastic job at offering clinical experiences on many units at new hospitals every semester to get a feel for different locations in the DFW area. The classes and workload are rigorous but manageable. NCLEX rates are 98% and I definitely feel prepared to face the real world of nursing.

    About The Staff

    The staff are absolutely phenomenal.

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