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Overview

Harris College is vibrant and thriving with innovative students, faculty, programs and curricula – all making a difference for others. The departments within Harris College –Communication Sciences and Disorders, Kinesiology, Nurse Anesthesia, Nursing, and Social Work – are home to more than 1,500 students who are supported by committed and talented faculty and staff.

Harris College supports the mission, vision, and values of TCU; we prepare global citizens to think and practice as ethical leaders in health care and educational settings.

Students benefit from learning experiences in campus laboratories and hospitals, clinics, schools, fitness facilities, and community service agencies throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Area. On campus, the Miller Speech & Hearing Clinic provides services for more than 300 families each year and serves as a professional practice site for students majoring in speech pathology and habilitation of the deaf.

Faculty and students actively engage in research for the purpose of improving health and well-being.

Undergraduate and graduate students have opportunities to form mentoring relationships with internationally-recognized faculty as they conduct studies in such areas as pharmacogenetics, carbohydrate metabolism, exercise physiology, heart disease, aging, stuttering, caregiving, grandparenting, and forgiveness. Our graduates are competent, compassionate and in demand in the workforce.

In 2016, we were pleased to see the creation of the Health Innovation Institute at TCU (HIIAT), a collaborative institute that houses four related centers and expands the work of our college’s already progressive centers by uniting them with a shared purpose. Under HIIAT, what was formerly known as the TCU Center for Evidence Based Practice and Research: A Collaborating Center of the Joanna Briggs Institute has become two separate centers. The Center for Translational Research, led by Director Dru Riddle, focuses on shortening the gap between the discovery of new knowledge and clinical implementation, while the Center for Collaborative Practice, led by Director Linda Humphries, consults with hospitals and agencies looking to make process improvements and provides leadership of the TCU Evidence Based Practice Fellowship. Director Suzy Lockwood continues to lead the Center for Oncology Education & Research. The Let’s Inspire Innovation in Kids Center houses the LiiNK Project under the leadership of Director Debbie Rhea.

In 2017, Harris College created a Ph.D. in Health Sciences program to prepare students for research and teaching roles in academic, industry, and practice settings. Students will have an emphasis area in one of our health disciplines (kinesiology, nursing, speech and hearing disorders, social work or nurse anesthesia), and are able to select a physical or social health science track. The three-year curriculum ensures that graduates enter the next phase of their career with skill and proficiency that is balanced between teaching and performing research.