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Nursing Clinical Applicants

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Nursing Clinical Application Information

A Nursing Clinical Applicant is a transfer student who has completed all of the nursing pre-requisites and transferable core prior to enrollment.

All nursing clinical students transferring to TCU must apply on the NursingCAS site.  Nursing Clinical Applicants will not apply through TCU Admissions.

The application deadline is February 1.

NursingCAS manages all the documents and applications for nursing clinicals on behalf of TCU. Therefore, students will also need to send all documents and transcripts 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

Customer Service: (617) 612–2880
Hours: Monday–Thursday (9:00 am–7:00 pm Eastern Time)
Friday (9:00 am–5:00 pm Eastern Time)

If you have any questions related to the Nursing admission process and pre-requisite or other requirements, please contact 817.257.4214 or


Wait List Applicants

Thank you for your continued interest in TCU. We plan to begin assessing our needs from the Waiting List as early as June 1st and will continue as needed throughout the summer. If you have questions before that time, please refer to our frequently asked questions.


Nursing Criminal Background Check Information

The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) requires all nursing students to complete a mandatory DPS/FBI criminal background check (CBC) prior to beginning any nursing program.  Please read the following information carefully.

We will send your name to the Texas BON as an accepted or waitlisted student to our program.  After your information is entered into the BON system, we will send a SERVICE CODE to your email address.  After you receive this SERVICE CODE, you must arrange a finger print scanning appointment with MorphoTrust/IdentoGO. There will be a fee for both the fingerprint scanning services and the cost of the DPS/FBI background check.

IdentoGO will electronically submit the fingerscan to the DPS to initiate the background check and transmit the results to the BON. Once the BON receives the DPS/FBI results, the BON will do one of the following:

  1. Mail a blue postcard directly to those students who have a clear background check, or
  2. Correspond with those who have a positive background check and request a petition for a declaratory order, or
  3. Correspond with the students who have a rejected fingerprint scan and request another fingerprint scan.

Students who have a positive criminal history will be required to go through the BON declaratory order process.

In order to begin the nursing clinical coursework, each student must complete the CBC as required by the BON and submit proof of eligibility to take the NCLEX by the first day of class. The only documentation accepted is:

  • The blue postcard from the BON stating that the criminal background check is clear
  • A declaratory order outcome letter stating the student is eligible to take the NCLEX
  • An eligibility order from the BON

This process may take 30-120 days, so it's imperative that you begin this process as soon as we send the service code to you. If you are unable to provide proof of eligibility by the first day of class, you will not be able to begin the nursing program.