The Harris College, Nursing, enabled by a trust fund established by the late Dr. Charles Houston Harris, was organized as an academic unit of TCU in 1946. The nursing program is accredited by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON), P.O. Box 430, Austin, TX 78767-0430; 512.305.7400. Graduates are eligible to sit for the examination for licensure as a registered nurse (R.N.) in Texas or any other state in the United States. Successful completion of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) in one state qualifies graduates to apply for licensure in any other state. Harris College, Nursing, achieved national accreditation in 1952 and has remained accredited since that time. In addition to the BON accreditation, the program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120; 202.887.6791.
In compliance with the policy of the Texas Board of Nursing (BON), all applicants are informed that completion of the BSN degree offered through Harris College does not guarantee eligibility for the registered nurse licensure examination. Professional character is necessary for an individual to conform to the requirements of the Nurse Practice Act. Individuals should seek special advising prior to enrolling in any professional nursing program in Texas if they have a personal history involving conditions that may endanger the health and safety of a person. Such conditions include but are not limited to a felony conviction involving acts likely to affect professional practice; a misdemeanor conviction involving moral turpitude; or physical or mental disability/illness, including prior or continued drug or alcohol abuse that influences the ability to practice professional nursing. (Texas Board of Nursing, excerpts from the Rules and Regulations Relating to Professional Nurse Education, Licensure, Peer Assistance and Practice, Texas Administrative Code, Title 22, Part 11, Chapters 215 and 217). Clinical facilities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area require criminal background checks and drug screenings of students. A positive drug screen or criminal background may prevent the student from practicum course enrollment or completion. Further licensure information is available at:
Office of the Director, Division of Undergraduate Studies
Harris College, Nursing
Texas Christian University
TCU Box 298620
Fort Worth, TX 76129
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a description of the abilities required for admission to and completion of the BSN curriculum is available upon request from the director of nursing.