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Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences

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Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences’ faculty, students and staff are eagerly embracing opportunities for innovation and change in health care as the health care system of the future is evolving. The TCU mission of educating individuals to be “ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community” is evident in our graduates, who are clinically competent, ethically motivated and leading others in transforming care. Graduates and those who employ them continue to confirm the excellence of our educational programs.

Not only have we increased the number of students across the Harris College by 25 percent over the last five years, new programs and degree options have been added that address significant challenges in the health care system as well as promoting the health of individuals and their families. Programs such as the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), the bilingual emphasis in speech-language pathology and the new Masters of Social Work focus on educating students to be leaders at the point of care and in health care, education and social service organizations.

You can help Harris continue its legacy of excellence in preparing health care professionals who will serve our communities now and far into the future. To address today's healthcare needs, the college has created two new centers: the Center for Oncology Education and Research, and the Center for Evidence Based Practice and Research.

Because cancer continues to be a leading cause of death in Texas and the United States, the Center for Oncology Education and Research was established to address education, practice and research in this field. Because of new treatments and early diagnosis, there are many cancer survivors. The Center focuses on interdisciplinary research in cancer survivorship, caregiving and integrative practices.

Generally, it takes 17 years for a new health care innovation or discovery to be implemented in practice. The Center for Evidence Based Practice and Research focuses on decreasing this discovery/application gap. The center collaborates with health care institutions and staff to determine best practices based on research, as well as translating best practices into clinical environments, which improves patient outcomes, cost of care and quality of care.

Center for Human Performance, to be housed in the Department of Kinesiology, has also been proposed. The center will foster faculty and student research designed to find solutions to the obesity health crisis. Areas of focus include fitness for children and youth, grades K-12 in school systems; bariatric surgery and its effects; and community lifestyle transformations.

Your support is needed to help fund these important initiatives in Harris College — existing and planned — as well as to provide much-needed support for:
• Undergraduate and graduate tuition and scholarships
• Endowed faculty positions in nursing, social work, communication sciences and disorders, kinesiology and nurse anesthesia
• Research support
• Additional laboratories, equipment and facilities for our burgeoning student population
• International student experiences

Contact Us to learn how you can support the Harris College of Nursing and its priorities.

Visit the Harris College Web site.

Kendall Riddell
Director of Development