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First year students interested in studying nursing at TCU must apply as a nursing major, complete the nursing supplement, and be accepted to the university by the TCU Office of Admission. Those who are admitted and enter TCU as a declared nursing major in their first year (direct admit) earn automatic placement in the traditional nursing program as long as all prerequisite criteria are met.

Once a nursing major has completed the nursing perquisites and has no more than 12 hours of TCU core requirements remaining, the student is eligible to begin nursing courses. Nursing coursework is intended to begin in the 4th semester for direct admit students. All nursing majors must maintain a TCU cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 to remain in the program.

A BSN from TCU requires the completion of 120 credit hours – 63 nursing and 57 non-nursing. Additional information about the BSN and a suggested 4 year plan may be found in the undergraduate catalog.

Interested prospective students may schedule to attend an in-person info session with an advisor.

Questions regarding first year admissions should be directed to the TCU Office of Admission. Counselors may be reached by calling 817-257-7490 or emailing

Note: Students who come to TCU as a first year student DO NOT use NursingCAS.


TCU Nursing Supplement

Applicants to TCU’s nursing major are required to answer the supplemental questions below:

1. Each of our nursing applicants share a common thread: the sincere desire to help others. With that in mind, we appreciate additional insight. Please describe the moment that nursing became your calling. (Recommended Length: 250 words) *

2. How have you prepared, both academically and experientially, for the pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing? (Recommended Length: 250 words) *

These questions are accessed through an online form that is linked in the portal. Students will receive portal registration instructions after submitting an application.

Early Action and Early Decision I students have until November 15 to submit their responses.

Regular Decision and Early Decision II students have until February 15 to submit their responses.


Students applying to TCU as first year students should consult with TCU Undergraduate Admissions for application deadlines.

Students transferring to TCU to complete prerequisites should consult with TCU Transfer Admissions.

For students applying directly to the nursing program:

The NursingCAS application opens on September 1.

The NursingCAS application must be submitted and verified by February 1.

Applicants will be notified of their admission decision by April 1.

A BSN from TCU Nursing is an investment in your future, but you don’t have to make it alone.

See TCU tuition rates and find out what kind of assistance is available from the TCU Office of Financial Aid and nursing-specific scholarships.

Where are clinical sites located?

TCU Nursing students have clinical placements throughout DFW. Students are randomly assigned to clinical placements.

Am I required to get the COVID vaccine?

While it is not a requirement of TCU, our clinical placements are currently requiring all nursing students to be fully vaccinated prior to starting clinicals.

Can you tell me more about TCU?

Academics, student life and everything in between. Find answers to applicants’ most frequently-asked questions here.

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