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Dean’s Message

Christopher Watts, dean of Harris College, portraitWelcome to the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences at TCU.  The academic units represented by Harris College are focused on the mission of enhancing global health through education, scholarship, and innovation with the larger vision of preparing professionals who will go on to transform global health in ways that impact the world.  Our departments and schools include the Davies School of Communication Sciences & Disorders, the Department of Kinesiology, TCU Nursing, the School of Nurse Anesthesia, and the Department of Social Work.

Harris College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees which lead to careers in Athletic Training, Coaching and Physical Education, Habilitation of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Health & Fitness, Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia, Social Work, and Speech-Language Pathology among others.  Our programs also prepare students for advanced graduate training in Nursing and Health Sciences, in addition to preparing graduates to study at other institutions in professional programs such as Audiology, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. Our interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Health Sciences is preparing future Teacher-Scholars who will go on to change the world through research and scholarship.

We understand that your commitment to an education at TCU and Harris College represents a significant investment.  We offer students an experience that will provide them with an edge leading to a significant return on that investment as they grow into future professionals.  The Harris College edge includes:

  • Meaningful and deep connections with faculty who are student-centered.
  • Mentored research experiences.
  • Global learning opportunities.
  • State-of-the-art clinical simulation facilities.
  • Outpatient clinical learning centers located on campus.
  • Interprofessional learning experiences.
  • Externships at leading health centers, schools, athletic teams, and government agencies.

Harris College is founded upon pillars of global health, community, and excellence.  We prepare globally-minded human change agents who transform lives; we provide a supportive, compassionate community dedicated to holistic growth; and we are characterized by a strong reputation for producing responsible leaders who act with excellence and integrity.

I encourage you to view the web pages of our world-class academic programs and get connected with the people of Harris College.  I hope that you have the opportunity to experience the Harris College edge and be transformed by what we call #TCUMagic!

Christopher R. Watts, Ph.D.
Marilyn and Morgan Davies Dean of Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences