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The history of Harris College is intertwined with the growth and advancement of Fort Worth and TCU.

TCU Nursing students (1972)

Timeline: Transforming global health since 1946The Harris College, named after Dr. Charles Houston Harris, traces its roots to the Harris Sanitarium and nursing school founded in 1912 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dr. Harris later established Harris Memorial Methodist Hospital, which, in 1946, formed an affiliation with TCU, leading to the creation of the Harris College of Nursing. Over the years, financial support from the Charles H. Harris Trust aided the college.

In 1984, the college merged with TCU, assuming existing debts and continuing support from the trust. The college underwent reorganization in 2000, becoming the Harris School of Nursing within the newly formed College of Health & Human Sciences. Additional units, such as the School of Nurse Anesthesia and departments of Kinesiology, Communication Sciences & Disorders and Social Work, joined the college.

By 2005, it became the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences. Today, Applied Health Sciences, the Davies School of Communication Sciences & Disorders, Department of Kinesiology, TCU Nursing, School of Nurse Anesthesia and Department of Social Work constitute its six academic units.

The college commemorated TCU’s Sesquicentennial in 2023 with a timeline of its significant milestones.