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Graduate Nursing Admission

Application Deadlines

ProgramProgram StartApplication OpensApplication Deadline
BSN to DNP CNSSummer semesterAugust 15February 1
BSN to DNP AGACNPSummer semesterAugust 15February 1
BSN to DNP PMHNPSummer semesterAugust 15February 1
BSN to DNP FNPSpring semesterFebruary 2August 15
Summer semesterAugust 15February 1
Post-Master's DNPSpring semesterFebruary 2August 15
Summer semesterAugust 15March 1
MSNSummer semesterAugust 15February 1
Post-Graduate CertificateSpring semesterFebruary 2August 15
Summer semesterAugust 15February 1

BSN to DNP Admission Requirements

  • Completed online application that includes:
    • One official transcript from all colleges and universities attended with a preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) from the baccalaureate nursing program. (International transcripts should be sent with an evaluation from a transcript credentialing service.)
    • Resume or curriculum vita
    • Personal statement-should demonstrate written communication skills, not be more than 2 pages double spaced and should address 1) specific personal, academic and/or professional strengths and/or accomplishments and how these qualify you as a strong candidate for the DNP program, 2) why you are interested in a clinical doctorate from TCU, and 3) an overview of your proposed area of interest for your final capstone project .
    • Three professional references (should be from a supervisor, previous faculty, or other professional reference)
  • BSN from an accredited school or university
  • Current unencumbered licensure in the state of Texas or the state in which practicum coursework will occur
  • Current CPR certification and immunizations
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language: a score of at least 600 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and a score of 6 on the institutional version of the Tes of Spoken English (TSE) within the past two years.
  • Satisfactory completion of an interview
  • Work history:
    • FNP, PMHNP, and CNS: preferred work history that includes one year of full-time experience or its equivalent as a registered nurse
    • AGACNP: two years of full-time experience or its equivalent as a registered nurse in an ED or critical care setting

 All submitted materials become the property of TCU. Satisfactory completion of a drug screen and background check will be required prior to beginning practicum hours. If accepted, a $250 non-refundable deposit is due with your letter of intent to hold your position. 

Post-Master’s DNP Admission Requirements

  • Completed online application that includes:
    • One official transcript from all colleges and universities attended (International transcripts should be sent with an evaluation from a transcript credentialing service)
    • Resume or curriculum vita
    • Personal statement-should demonstrate written communication skills, not be more than 2 pages double spaced and should address 1) specific personal, academic and/or professional strengths and/or accomplishments and how these qualify you as a strong candidate for the DNP program, 2) why you are interested in a clinical doctorate from TCU, 3) an overview of your proposed area of interest for your final capstone project .
    • Three professional references (should be from a supervisor, previous faculty, or other professional reference)
  • Master’s degree in nursing or related field from an accredited school or university and a minimum GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. (For applicants whose Master’s is NOT in nursing administration or advanced practice, additional course work may be required based on a gap analysis of previous educational preparation.)  All applicants must hold a BSN in addition to a Master’s degree.
  • Current unencumbered licensure in the state of Texas or the state in which practicum coursework will occur
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language: a score of at least 600 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and a score of 6 on the institutional version of the Tes of Spoken English (TSE) within the past two years.
  • Satisfactory completion of an interview
  • Priority consideration is given to applicants with at least two years of experience in the post master’s role
  • Advanced practice: current recognition as an advanced practice nurse by the state board of nursing in a state where the role is recognized.
  • Nursing administration and leadership: national certification in administration is preferred.

All submitted materials become the property of TCU. Satisfactory completion of a drug screen and background check will be required prior to beginning practicum hours. If accepted, a $250 non-refundable deposit is due with your letter of intent to hold your position. 

MSN Admission Requirements

  • Completed online application that includes:
    • One official transcript from all colleges and universities attended with a preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) from the baccalaureate nursing program. (International transcripts should be sent with an evaluation from a transcript credentialing service.)
    • Resume or curriculum vita
    • Personal statement-should demonstrate written communications skills, not be more than 2 pages double spaced and should address specific personal, academic and/or professional strengths and/or accomplishments and how these qualify you as a strong candidate for the MSN Program, and why you are interested in a MSN from TCU.
    • Three professional references (should be from a supervisor, previous faculty, or other professional reference)
  • BSN from an accredited school or university
  • Current unencumbered licensure in the state of Texas or the state in which practicum coursework will occur
  • Current CPR certification and immunizations
  • Preferred work history that includes one year of full-time experience or its equivalent as a registered nurse
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language: a score of at least 600 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and a score of 6 on the institutional version of the Tes of Spoken English (TSE) within the past two years.

All submitted materials become the property of TCU. Satisfactory completion of a drug screen and background check will be required prior to beginning practicum hours. If accepted, a $250 non-refundable deposit is due with your letter of intent to hold your position.

Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Admission Requirements

  • Completed online application that includes:
    • One official transcript from all colleges and universities attended with a preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) from the baccalaureate nursing program. (International transcripts should be sent with an evaluation from a transcript credentialing service.)
    • Resume or curriculum vita
    • Personal statement-should demonstrate written communications skills, not be more than 2 pages double spaced and should address specific personal, academic and/or professional strengths and/or accomplishments and how these qualify you as a strong candidate for the Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Program, and why you are interested in a post-graduate certificate from TCU.
    • Three professional references (should be from a supervisor, previous faculty, or other professional reference)
  • BSN from an accredited school or university
  • PhD or a DNP from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program
  • Current unencumbered licensure in the state of Texas or the state in which practicum coursework will occur
  • Current CPR certification and immunizations
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language: a score of at least 600 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and a score of 6 on the institutional version of the Tes of Spoken English (TSE) within the past two years.

The amount of coursework required for the post-graduate APRN certificates (CNS and NP roles) and other roles is determined by a gap analysis of previously-completed course work in your master’s and doctorate of nursing practice degree, when the course work was completed, and Texas Board of Nursing requirements.

All submitted materials become the property of TCU. Satisfactory completion of a drug screen and background check will be required prior to beginning practicum hours. If accepted, a $250 non-refundable deposit is due with your letter of intent to hold your position.