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TCU defines a transfer student as a student who has been out of high school for at least one full semester and has attempted college or university work elsewhere for credit. Transfer students are admitted to nursing coursework in summer and fall semesters. Transfer students may apply to either the accelerated or traditional program.

Students who are completing prerequisite courses at another university and plan to apply to TCU Nursing as transfer students are asked to apply online via NursingCAS. The Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) allows applicants to use a single online application and set of transcripts to apply to multiple nursing programs at participating schools. NursingCAS manages all applications from transfer students for the accelerated and traditional programs. Transfer students wishing to begin nursing coursework at TCU apply to NursingCas only and do NOT apply to TCU. Admission to the Nursing program grants admission to TCU by default.

Students who wish to transfer to TCU to complete nursing prerequisite courses and TCU core courses prior to beginning nursing coursework should contact the TCU Transfer Admission Office at 1-800-TCU-FROG or 817-257-7490 to request an application or request information online through or through the TCU Admissions homepage. Admission to TCU as a transfer student does not guarantee admission to the nursing major.

The number of transfer students admitted to nursing coursework each fall and summer term is determined by the availability of faculty, facilities, and the number of qualified continuing TCU students. Selection of transfer students for initial entry into the nursing coursework is based upon indicators of the applicant’s likelihood of success in the nursing program and in professional practice.

The application deadline for students applying to the traditional or accelerated program as a transfer student is February 1.

Download the TCU Nursing Transfer Checklist!


Prerequisite Courses

  • Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Microbiology
  • Elementary Statistics
  • Human Development
  • Introductory Sociology
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Nutrition

Science courses must be a minimum of 4 credit hours, include an in-person lab, and be completed within 5 years of the program start date.

Nursing prerequisite courses must be completed before the start date in June for accelerated and August for traditional applicants.

Students may apply while prerequisites are in progress.


TCU Core Requirements

  • English Composition 1
  • English Composition 2
  • Religious Traditions/Humanities
  • Literary Traditions/Humanities
  • Humanities Elective
  • Historical Traditions
  • Fine Arts
  • Oral Communications

Transfer students interested in either track should have the majority of core requirements completed before the program start date.

Any core not transferred in will be completed on top of nursing coursework and TCU’s Cultural Awareness (CA) core requirement. The CA requirement can only be fulfilled by coursework completed at TCU.


Transcript Evaluation

If you would like your coursework to be evaluated for congruency with nursing prerequisites and TCU core, please send your unofficial transcripts to Please allow up to seven to ten business days for a response.

Make sure to include your first and last name, email address, telephone number, and the institution(s) from which you have received credit.

For questions about transcript evaluation, email


Application Information

Transfer applicants are admitted to nursing coursework based on a competitive academic record and a proven track record of success. Therefore, the TCU Nursing application on NursingCAS consists of 4 major parts:

  1. Undergraduate academic transcripts
  2. TEAS Exams scores
  3. Resume/CV
  4. Personal statement

Students may only apply to one program – either traditional (TBT) or accelerated (ABT).

Preference in admission will be given to students who have completed or are enrolled in nursing prerequisite courses by the application deadline.

The minimum GPA requirement for both the traditional and accelerated programs is a 2.5 cumulative. All courses in which applicants have been enrolled as well as earned grades are considered in the admission process.

No grade less than C will be accepted by TCU for academic credit.

The application becomes available on NursingCAS on September 1.

All application materials must be submitted and verified by NursingCAS by February 1. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Advisors recommend completing and submitting applications by January 1 at the latest to allow processing time by NursingCAS.

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

No documents are to be submitted to TCU Admissions by the applicant. All documents and transcripts should be submitted online or sent to the following address:


P.O. Box 9201

Watertown, MA 02471

*If you have document or application system questions, please contact the NursingCAS Support Team at 617-612-2880 or complete the contact form.



The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), a four-hour, computer-administered exam required for application to TCU’s nursing program, is an assessment of a student’s academic preparedness for the nursing program.

The exam includes four sections: Reading, Math, Science, and English & Language Usage.

TCU’s nursing program requires that a student score in the proficiency range (58.7-77.3%) in each of the four sections to be eligible for admission.

  • The TEAS exam can be taken a maximum of 2 times a year.
  • If the TEAS exam is repeated, all sections must be re-taken. Submitted scores must be from the same test administered.
  • Passing scores are valid for 2 years.

TEAS testing is only available remotely using ATI Remote Online Proctoring. Students will need to create an account at ATI before they can register.  Students will need to select TX Christian U as their institution.

Register for TEAS@ATI

It is highly recommended that students review the TEAS Study Guide before taking the test.

ATI SmartPrep Study Guide


Previous Nursing School Experience

Students who have been previously enrolled in a nursing program at another institution must provide a Letter of Good Standing from the Dean or Director of that program. The letter must state that the student is eligible for readmission to that program and must be uploaded by the student to NursingCAS as part of the application.

Regardless of previous coursework completed, transfer students must complete the entire 5 semester program.


Informational Sessions & Webinars

Prospective transfer students may take advantage of informational sessions and webinars regarding the traditional and accelerated BSN tracks.



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.


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

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

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

Is there a bridge program available?

No, we do not currently offer a bridge program.

What is the difference between the programs?

The accelerated program includes summer semesters and the traditional program does not. The coursework is no different.

How long are the programs?

The accelerated program is 19 months long and the traditional is 29 months. Both programs consist of 5 semesters.

When do the programs start?

The accelerated program only begins in summer (June) and the traditional program only begins in fall (August). There is no spring option for transfer students.

How many students are accepted into each program?

The number of accepted students will vary year to year depending on the availability of faculty, facilities, and the number of qualified continuing TCU students.

Do you admit students on a rolling basis? 

No, we do not review any applications until after the February 1 deadline.

How do I know if my courses will transfer to TCU?

Check out TCU’s Transfer Equivalency Tool to take a look for yourself or send your unofficial transcript(s) to for an unofficial review by an advisor.

Must all of my prerequisites be complete before I can apply?

Courses may be in progress at the time of your application but must be completed prior to the start of the program.

I have already completed Pathophysiology with a grade of C or higher. Do I have to repeat it?

Patho is the only nursing course that we allow the transfer of. A course syllabus should be sent to the Nursing Department to confirm equivalency before credit will be granted.

I was in a nursing program previously. Can I start where I left off?

No, all students are required to complete the entire 5 semester program regardless of previous nursing school experience.

How much does the nursing program cost?

The nursing program does not have a flat rate. Tuition will vary between students depending on multiple factors. Please contact the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid for more information.

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?

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