2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

Post-Baccalaureate DNP (BSN to DNP)

The TCU-Nursing Post-baccalaureate to DNP is a practice doctorate designed to prepare advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in one of two roles: Family Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist. The focus is on practice that is innovative and evidence-based, reflecting the application of research findings and theories to improving healthcare outcomes.

A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited school or university and evidence of current licensure is required for admission.  All students are required to maintain current unencumbered licensure throughout the program.

The post-baccalaureate DNP degree may be completed in three years (36 months) or up to four years part time. The first year of the program is composed of didactic courses providing core knowledge and skills required for the doctorally prepared APRN. The second and third year of study focus on the didactic/clinical population focus courses, and fulfillment of practice and final project requirements.

All didactic coursework is offered online. Clinical practicum courses are supervised by TCU nursing faculty in concert with qualified preceptors. Generally, students complete their practicum courses in clinical settings located in their geographic area. If adequate practicum or preceptor resources are not available in the student's geographic area, practicum experiences are available in the Fort Worth area.

On campus requirements include a two-day orientation at the beginning of the program and participation in clinical training and skills assessments during On Campus Intensives (OCIs) scheduled throughout the program.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed on-line application.
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited school or university
  • Evidence of current unencumbered licensure in the state of Texas or the state in which practicum course work will occur.
  • Evidence of current CPR certification and immunization documentation that meets facilities’ requirements.
  • One official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended with a preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4 point scale) International transcripts should be sent with an evaluation from a transcript credentialing service.
  • A preferred work history that includes one year of full-time experience or its equivalent as a registered nurse. New BSN graduates will be considered based on GPA and faculty letters of reference.
  • For applicants for whom English is a second language, demonstrated English language proficiency is measured by an acceptable score on the Test of Spoken English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the institutional version of the Test of Spoken English (TSE)
  • Resume
  • An essay (up to 500 words) addressing 1) specific personal, academic and/or professional strengths or accomplishments, and how these qualify you as a strong candidate for the TCU BSN to DNP program; and, 2) your interest in a clinical doctorate and how the program goals will help you achieve your goals.  The essay is to be double spaced with one-inch margins, Times New Roman 12 font, and a maximum of two pages.
  • Three professional references (should be from a supervisor, previous faculty or other professional reference).
  • Satisfactory completion of in-person interview

* All submitted materials become the property of TCU.

Acceptable results from a drug screening test and a criminal background check within the 30 days prior to beginning practicum coursework. Screening tests and background checks must be completed by TCU Nursing approved vendors at the student’s expense.

If accepted, a $500 non-refundable deposit is due with the Intent to Enroll to hold your position. Upon successful completion of your second semester, the $500 deposit will be applied to your student account.

Due to higher education regulations and the complexity of rules and regulations of some states, TCU is currently unable to accept new applications for admissions to our distance education programs and courses from students residing in Massachusetts. TCU is also unable to allow for credit field experiences, including internships, clinical, and practicums to take place in this state. We regret this restriction as it is our goal to offer a quality education to students everywhere. Please visit our website for an interactive map showing state authorization, http://www.cte.tcu.edu/distance-learning/distance-learning-state-authorization/.

Prior to beginning clinical courses, students must present satisfactory evidence of the following:

  1. Immunizations:
    • Tetanus/diphtheria (TD): Must have DTaP if the immunization is more than two years old.
    • Measles: Those born since Jan. 1, 1957, must have two doses since 12 months of age. The doses must be at least 30 days apart.
    • Mumps: Those born since Jan. 1, 1957, must have two doses since 12 months of age. The doses must be at least 30 days apart.
    • Rubella:  Those born since Jan. 1, 1957, must have two doses since 12 months of age. The doses must be at least 30 days apart.
    • Hepatitis B: The completed three-dose series must be received before contact with clients in practica.
    • Varicella (chickenpox): All practicum students must document evidence of immunity to varicella. This requirement may be met by either: 1) documentation of varicella immunization. (immunization for adolescents and adults is a series of two doses 4-8 weeks apart); or 2) positive varicella titer.
    • Annual seasonal and other recommended influenza vaccination or declination forms on file.
  2. Current health insurance coverage.
  3. Current certification of American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider.
  4. Negative TB skin test (two-step method) or negative chest x-ray.

*CPR and TB cannot expire at any point during the semester.

Transfer Credit

For BSN to DNP up to six approved transfer credit hours can be used to satisfy degree requirements but are not used in the calculation of the cumulative GPA*.


Pass/no-credit courses are disregarded in the calculation of the student's GPA.