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Associate Dean’s Message

Welcome to TCU Nursing!

Enabled by a trust fund established by late Dr. Charles Houston Harris, what is now TCU Nursing was organized as an academic unit of TCU in 1946 and became the first baccalaureate nursing program in Texas. Our graduate and undergraduate programs in nursing produce professionals who are highly sought after in the marketplace, both regionally and nationally.  We are a dynamic department of faculty and staff that offer students undergraduate clinical and simulation experiences in wide variety of practice settings as we seek to fulfill the aims set by the Institute of Medicine Report (2010), The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

As a proud TCU Nursing alumna, I welcome you to TCU Nursing and encourage you to visit our offices anytime. I encourage you to explore our web pages to see for yourself the exciting opportunities we offer for graduate and undergraduate studies.

Suzy Lockwood PhD, MSN, RN, OCN, FAAN
Associate Dean for Nursing



The mission of TCU Nursing is to promote health by liberally educating ethical nurse leaders who provide competent, evidence-based care and by advancing scholarship that informs the discipline and practice of nursing.

Academic Strengths

  • Our low student-to-faculty ratios ensure individual attention, close supervision, academic innovation, and excellence
  • In addition to our traditional five semester degree program, there is an accelerated 16-month degree plan (fall-spring-summer-fall) for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in another field
  • Interprofessional education opportunities are offered in collaboration with a major health sciences center each semester
  • Active student organizations, including the National Student Nursing Association, Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, and the Interprofessional Health Student Organization
  • A strong partnership with the Army and Air Force ROTC programs that has been in place for 50+ years
  • First-time NCLEX pass rate consistently higher than the state and national averages, and more than 90% of our students are employment at graduation
  • Our undergraduate curriculum includes study abroad opportunities – current courses offer experiences in the Argentina, Chile, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland, Spain and the United Kingdom
  • Students have opportunities to work closely with faculty who are scholars, teachers, master clinicians, and leaders in their professions
  • More than 15,000 square feet of state-of-the-art simulation and practice lab space and equipment offering students learning opportunities for clinical reasoning and decision-making
  • TCU Nursing achieved full accreditation in 1952, and has maintained continuous full accreditation since that time. All programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)