2017-2018 Graduate Catalog


Master of Science in Nursing

TCU Nursing offers an innovative online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).

There are four majors within the degree program: Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Nursing Administration and Leadership, and Nursing Education. There are two role foci for the CNS major: Adult-Gerontology or Pediatric. There are two role foci for the nursing education major: Adult-Gerontology or Pediatric.

All didactic coursework is offered online. Clinical practicum and teaching practicum courses are supervised by Nursing faculty in concert with qualified preceptors. Generally, students complete their practicum/residency courses in agencies located in their geographic area. If adequate practicum/residency or preceptor resources are not available in the student's geographic area, concentrated practicum experiences are available in the Fort Worth area. 

Admission

Admission is competitive.  An individualized approach is used to identify applicants with demonstrated academic achievement and potential, who have strong motivation to succeed in academic study and professional practice, and the potential to function as a leader in advanced practice, nursing administration, healthcare delivery, or nursing education. The applicant's GPA,writing and speaking skills, and professional experience are used to assess applicants for admission. A profile of each applicant is developed based on an admission portfolio consisting of:

  • Completed online 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 that meets facilities' requirements.
  • One official transcript from all colleges or 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.)
  • A preferred work history that includes one year of full-time experience or its equivalent as a registered nurse. New 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, demonstrating written communication skills. This essay should describe your experience and career goals, and discuss how the program at TCU can help you achieve those goals.
  • Three professional references (should be from a supervisor, previous faculty or other professional reference).
  • All submitted materials become the property of TCU.

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 by American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider.
  4. Negative TB skin test (two-step method) or negative chest x-ray.
  5. Acceptable results from a drug screening test and a criminal background check within the 30 days prior to beginning practicum course-work. Screening tests and background checks must be completed by TCU nursing approved vendors at the student's expense*.

    *CPR and TB cannot expire at any point during the semester once the student begins clinical courses

Due to higher education regulations and the complexity of rules and regulations of some states, Texas Christian University (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/.

Academic Standards

Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 in accordance with provisions described under "Academic Warning." All grades are included in the computation of the GPA, but no more than one grade of "C" or lower may be utilized in satisfying degree requirements. Students who achieve a GPA of less than 3.0 in any semester or term will be placed on academic warning. Students can be removed from that status by achieving a 3.0 cumulative average by the end of the next six hours of enrollment. If a student should fail to do so, further enrollment will be granted only by special recommendation of the Division Director of Graduate Nursing and with permission of the Associate Dean for Nursing and Dean of the Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

An "I" (incomplete) grade is recorded when the student and instructor have determined that the work required for a course cannot be completed within the term of enrollment due to circumstances beyond the student's control. Under no circumstances will a grade of "I" be given to avoid earning an "F" for the course.

The "I" grade must be removed within the first 60 days of the regular semester immediately following or it is changed to an "F." Any extension of this time must have written approval of the instructor and the Associate Dean for Nursing.

Until the "I" grade is removed, progression in the program will be at the discretion of the Division Director of Graduate Nursing.

Grade Point Average

Two GPAs are maintained by TCU:

1.      A semester average based on courses taken at TCU during a particular term; and

2.      A cumulative average based on all work attempted at TCU.

A student's GPA is computed by dividing the number of grade points (grade points earned per semester hour for the successful completion of academic work) by the number of hours (total credit hours attempted at TCU, excluding those attempted on a pass/no-credit basis).