December 16, 2019
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Texas Christian University Healthcare Management Degrees

Texas Christian University appears in our ranking of the Top 15 Online Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AG-CNS).

The degrees in healthcare management at Texas Christian University are actually MBA degrees with a specialty in healthcare management. The degrees are housed in the Neeley School of Business. The school website boasts small class sizes and the opportunity for collaboration and debate as key advantages to the TCU program. Additionally, students at the Neeley School of Business have access to career coaching that can be a game-changer for a successful career. Although the MBA degree at TCU is offered as a traditional program, the two formats that contain the healthcare management specialization are the Professional MBA and the Accelerated MBA.

The Professional MBA in Healthcare Management is a program offered through evening classes two-to-three times a week. The program contains 48 credit hours and can be completed in 24 to 33 months. There are 28.5 credit hours in core courses, 10.5 hours in healthcare courses and 9 hours in business electives. Some of the courses in this program are Healthcare in the US, Healthcare Policy, Population Health, Legal Issues in Healthcare, Special Problems in Management, Healthcare IT, Data Analytics and the Healthcare Capstone.

The capstone is a team project that is completed in a partnership with the administration of a local healthcare organization. The team identifies a “new service, product or innovative process within the current healthcare environment” and creates a business plan for implementing it.

The Accelerated MBA in Healthcare Administration contains 36 credit-hours. It is intended for students with a strong business background. The accelerated program contains 15 hours in core courses, 10.5 hours in healthcare administration and 10.5 in business or other electives. Applicants to this program must have three years of professional work experience and a strong showing in the GMAT.

For aspiring nurse leaders, TCU provides MSN degrees in Nursing Administration & Leadership, Nurse Educator, and Clinical Nurse Leader.  Certificates can be earned in Clinical Nurse Specialist (with Adult-Gerontology or Pediatric focus), Nursing Administration & Leadership, and Clinical Nurse Leader. DNP programs are also available.

About Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University is a private Christian-based liberal arts university affiliated with the Churches of Christ. It was founded in 1873 by brothers Addison and Randolph Clark as the AddRan Male and Female College. It is associated with the Brite Divinity School.

The university is classified by the Carnegie Institute as an R2 Doctoral University with Higher Research Activity. It is very selective in its admission process. The US News and World Report ranks TCU as #80 of National Universities. The Neeley School of Business which houses the healthcare administration degrees is ranked by the Bloomberg Business Week as #28.

TCU emphasizes a classic liberal arts education. It is comprised of eight colleges and schools delivering 117 undergraduate academic majors, 62 master’s degrees and 25 doctorates. The most popular program at the school is business, with 25 percent of students enrolled in business majors. The average class has between 20 and 49 students, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1.

Texas Christian University Accreditation Details

  • The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
  • Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business

Texas Christian University Application Requirements

Students applying to the university as first-time freshmen complete an online application using the Texas Christian University application, the Common Application or Apply Texas. There is a non-refundable application fee of $50. Students must arrange for their high schools to send their official transcripts to the university. There is a required essay; students select one of the writing prompts on the application forms. The university also requires a recommendation from a counselor, official SAT or ACT scores and the Freedom of Expression entry of the application which is an opportunity to creatively showcase personality through documents, images and videos.

Students applying to graduate programs should complete an online application, submit transcripts of all undergraduate work and their official GRE or GMAT scores to the university. The general graduate application fee is $60. The Neeley School of Business requires students to submit a cover letter with a resume and pay a $100 fee. There are several essays embedded in the application as well. Applicants must attend a Neeley entry seminar and arrange for an interview. The School of Business requires the GMAT exam.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition ( for 12 to 18 credit hours) for one year is $46,950. Housing is $7,820 per semester and meal plans average $4,984. Books and supplies are estimated at $950. That brings the direct cost of attendance at TCU to $60,704. Students should also budget for personal expenses and things like loan fees.

Graduate tuition for summer sessions is $1,555 per credit hour. For the fall/spring semester tuition is $1,630 per credit hour. Graduate students must also consider housing costs, books and supplies, and personal expenses.

No matter how the cost is estimated, earning a degree is expensive. Most students require financial assistance to meet their student debt. Most schools suggest ( and some require) that students complete the FAFSA form when they apply to the school. This is a federal program that uses financial information submitted by the student to award grants, loans, and work-study opportunities according to financial need. Many schools use FAFSA information to award their own scholarships as well. For this reason, it is vital to complete the application as early as possible.

After receiving the FAFSA awards letter, students will have a better idea of what their financial obligation to the school will be. They should immediately apply for state and school funds for which they qualify.

Texas has a number of grants for higher education. Students with a high financial need can apply for the TEXAS Grant or the Texas Educational Opportunity Grant. The Top 10 Percent Grant targets high school students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their classes. There is a grant for students aging out of foster care and a number of scholarships for students studying to enter professions in which Texas is experiencing a shortage such as teaching.

Texas Christian University has many scholarship opportunities for academic merit, department-or-major-specific funds, grants for special populations such as Native Americans or Individuals with Disabilities and scholarships for people participating in extracurricular activities such as sports or music programs. Additionally, outside scholarships are funded by private individuals, service organizations and even corporations. These can be found on an Internet search.

Students who expend their scholarship and grant money and still have an outstanding debt should consider taking out a student loan. These usually carry low interest and allow students to defer repayment until after graduation. Work-study and part-time jobs at an excellent way to earn money to repay student debt because they provide work experience and help students flesh out their resumes. A “package” of all of these resources will help students earn their degrees from Texas Christian University and graduate with the least debt possible.