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We endorse the mission and vision of Texas Christian University. The mission of TCU Nursing is to prepare professional nurses to identify and respond with competence to multiple, complex human health care needs. Graduates serve society through professional nursing roles and provide ethical leadership in practice, administration, teaching, and scholarship. We are dedicated to professional nursing education based on a foundation of liberal arts, sciences, and humanities, and to the promotion of an environment that encourages lifelong learning. We further affirm a commitment to professional competence and civic and professional responsibilities in a global society. The Nursing program is designed to meet the needs of high school graduates, transfer students, and registered nurses interested in obtaining the bachelor of science in nursing degree.



Individuals are holistic beings who possess inherent worth. The faculty believes that the education of the professional nurse should prepare a graduate who exhibits qualities of mind and character that are necessary to live a fulfilling life, act in the public interest locally and globally, and promote health and the nursing profession. The teaching/learning process is multidimensional and interactive, involving affective, cognitive, and psychomotor changes. A liberal arts foundation will help you think critically and seek improvement in yourself, the profession, and society. A liberal arts education provides the basis for the development of core competencies and knowledge of professional nursing. The faculty embraces the professional values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice. Nursing practice, conduct, and relationships are guided by professional standards and the ANA Code of Ethics. Sound clinical judgments characterize the practice of the professional nurse in providing safe, humanistic care of individuals, families, and groups in and across diverse environments.

Portions of the above are based on the Essentials of College and University Education for Professional Nursing published by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (1998).


Our History

TCU Nursing, enabled by a trust fund established by the late Dr. Charles Houston Harris, was organized as an academic unit of TCU in 1946. TCU Nursing is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing. Graduates are eligible to sit for the examination for licensure as a registered nurse (RN) anywhere in the United States.

TCU Nursing first achieved national accreditation in 1952 and has remained accredited since that time. In addition to the Texas Board of Nursing, the School is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


Explore nursing at home and abroad. Students at TCU Nursing can choose from study abroad programs in Argentina, Chile, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Study Abroad

Advisors at the Harris College Academic resource Center are available to help first- and second-year students navigate their chosen course of study. Make an appointment to get help with program admission, TCU policies, student organizations, and more.

Academic Resource Center


At TCU, you’ll also have access to a career consultant who works directly with Harris College students. Schedule a one-on-one meeting with your career coach to learn how courses, internships, and service projects can prepare you for a rewarding career. Learn more about everything Career Services has to offer.

Career Preparation