Tarrant County College Nursing Department (TCC)

The Tarrant County College Nursing Department (TCC) offers an accredited 15-month Fast-Track Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Nursing degree through a credit-by-exam process. Students Schools Scholarships

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Tarrant County College (TCC) is a public institution located in Fort Worth Texas and was established by a countywide election in July 1965.

Academic Nursing Program

Fast-Track Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

This track was designed by Tarrant County College to offer an option that shortens the program completion time from 24 to 15 months through a credit-by-exam process.

The Fast-track option should be considered if the applicant can commit to a full-time schedule for 15 months.  Part-time and evening options are not available for this track.

Eligibility Requirements (not all-inclusive)

  • Acceptance into the TCC Nursing Fast Track program
  • Current certification (American Heart Association only)
  • License as an LVN or paramedic (as applicable)
  • TCC recommends that applicants complete all general education course requirements before admission to the program due to the fast pace of this track option
  • Drug screening
  • Criminal background clearance
  • Immunization requirements as outlined by the Nursing Department
  • Professional liability coverage
  • Individual health care coverage

Graduate Nurse to Registered Nurse

After requirements are met for Tarrant County College's Nursing AAS program, students will be eligible to take the State Board Examination for Licensure (NCLEX-RN).

Once the graduate passes the NCLEX-RN examination, the successful candidate will then be eligible for state RN licensure.

How the TCC Nursing Program Works

The Tarrant County College Nursing Program combines nursing and general education as well as clinical experiences in a wide variety of area health care facilities. All clinical experiences are supervised by experienced nursing faculty.

TCC offers nursing courses on campus in different formats to fit the applicant's needs. Such formats include face-to-face, blended, hybrid, and online courses.

Nursing exams are computerized and are given on campus.

Course Schedule

Nursing Theory Courses are offered Monday through Friday during the day and must follow the set sequence.

General Education Courses are offered at various times during the day and evening/night.

Clinical Schedules

Weekdays and weekends: All day from 6:30 a.m till 6:30 p.m

Evenings: May last until approximately 9:30 p.m.

Partnerships for the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Programs

For applicants that are interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, options are available for RN-BSN programs at Tarleton State University, the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Tech University.

Accreditation and Approval

Tarrant County College's Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Tarrant County College District (TCCD) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

TCC Nursing programs are approved by the State of Texas Board of Nursing (BON).

Recognitions and Rankings

NICHE (2020)

  • Best Community Colleges in America #383 of 871
  • Best Community Colleges in Texas #29 of 57
  • Best Community Colleges in Dallas-Fort Worth Area #6 of 9

Tarrant County College was recognized as the Best Online Community College by Intelligent.com, a resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning (2020).

MilitaryTimes.com ranked TCC (Trinity River) #3 in their Best For Vets: Colleges 2019.

Tarrant County College has been recognized by Military Times as one of the best places for veterans to earn a college education. The publication ranked TCC Trinity River the nation's No. 2 public two-year higher education institution (2018).

The National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System ranked Tarrant County College 10th in Texas among 173 colleges and universities offering online classes (2016).

Community College Week ranked TCC #5 among all community colleges in the total number of associate degrees awarded in all disciplines. When combined with four-year schools, TCC ranked #9 among all U.S. colleges that confer associate degrees (2016).

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