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BSN to DNP Admission

BSN to DNP Admission



Admission to the graduate program is open to qualified registered nurses. Admission is competitive and an individualized approach is used to identify applicants with demonstrated academic achievement and potential, who have a strong motivation to succeed in academic study and professional practice, and the potential to function as a leader in advanced practice and healthcare delivery or nursing education. GPA, performance on the GRE, writing and speaking skills, and prior professional experience are used to assess applicants for admission. A profile of each applicant is developed based on an admission portfolio consisting of:

  • A completed online application
  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited school or university
  • Evidence of current unencumbered licensure in the state of Texas
  • Evidence of current CPR certification and immunization documentation that meets facilities’ requirements
  • Two official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended with a preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a four-point scale. International transcripts should be sent with an evaluation from a transcript credentialing service
  • Submission of official GRE scores. Preferred scores are 150 in both the qualitative and quantitative sections and a 4.0 in the writing section
  • A preferred work history that includes one year of full-time experience or its equivalent as a registered nurse; new BSN graduates will be considered based on GPA and faculty letters of reference
  • For applicants for whom English is a second language, demonstrated English language proficiency is measured by an acceptable score on the Test of Spoken English as a Foreign Language and the institutional version of the Test of Spoken English
  • A resume
  • An essay addressing specific personal, academic and/or professional strengths or accomplishments and how these qualify you as a strong candidate for the TCU BSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner program, your interest in a clinical doctorate, and how the program goals will help you achieve your goals. The essay is to be double-spaced with one-inch margins, Times New Roman size 12 font, and a maximum length of two pages.
  • Three professional references (suggestions are from a supervisor, previous faculty or other professional reference)
  • Satisfactory completion of an in-person interview

*All submitted materials become the property of TCU.

Satisfactory completion of a drug screen and background check will be required prior to beginning practicum hours. If accepted, a $500 non-refundable deposit is due with your letter of intent to hold your position. Upon successful completion of your second semester, the $500 deposit will be applied to your student account.

Mailing Address:

Texas Christian University
Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
TCU Box 298627
Fort Worth, TX 76129

Physical Address:

Texas Christian University
Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
2800 W. Bowie
Annie Richardson Bass Bldg.
Room 3133
Fort Worth, TX 76109

Office: 817-257-6726
FAX: 817-257-8383

Cost & Financial Aid

A DNP from TCU Nursing is an investment in your future, but you don’t have to make it alone. Find out what kind of assistance is available.

Tuition & Fees
Financial Aid
Graduate Assistantships

Due to higher education regulations and the complexity of rules and regulations of some states, Texas Christian University (TCU), is currently unable to accept new applications for admissions to our distance education programs and courses from students residing in Massachusetts. TCU is also unable to allow for-credit field experiences, including internships, clinical, and practicums to take place in this states. We regret this restriction as it is our goal to offer a quality education to students everywhere.

Please visit our interactive map showing state authorization.