Individualized approach to immersive learning.




Educating the next generation through student-centered learning strategies.

Our Mission

Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing develops nurses and other healthcare providers through education enlightened by Christian principles to lead, serve and influence the holistic needs of a complex global society.

Our Goals

In pursuit of PHSSN’s mission and program outcomes, we are committed to the following goals:

  • Deliver an evidence-based, holistic nursing education enlightened by Christian principles.
  • Provide professional nursing programs based on standards of nursing practice.
  • Prepare professional and advanced practice nurses to deliver high quality, evidence-based care to diverse populations in a variety of settings.
  • Collaborate with the community of interest to meet regional and global healthcare needs.
  • Engage in service to the profession, the university, and the community of interest.

Baccalaureate nursing program goals:

  • Graduate well-prepared BSN students who are able to achieve Registered Nurse (RN) licensure and successfully transition to professional practice as a competent nurse generalist.
  • Equip students for safe practice based on inquiry, evidence, caring, and practice standards.
  • Prepare students to function within a rapidly changing healthcare landscape.
  • Facilitate development of collaborative skills for effective participation with interdisciplinary teams.
  • Provide state-of-the-art equipment, resources, and pedagogy to promote achievement of program outcomes.
  • Support students as individuals in matriculation, progression, and graduation through the use of material and human resources.

Master’s nursing program goals:

  • Graduate well-prepared MSN students who are able to obtain employment, pass the certification exam (if applicable) and successfully transition to practice at the master’s and/or advanced practice level.
  • Facilitate the development of advanced practice clinicians, educators, or administrators according to standards of best practice.
  • Develop resilient leaders in nursing and healthcare at the regional, national, and global levels.
  • Equip graduates to use evidence to improve nursing practice, patient outcomes, and healthcare systems.
Individualized Approach. Faith Centered. Innovative Teaching.
Faith-based leadership
Faith based leadership provides the vision and compassion our students merit through learning.
Reduced class sizes
Reduced class sizes offer a more individualized approach to immersive learning.
State of the art simulation lab
State of the art simulation lab enables students to acquire real world skills in patient care in a safe environment.
Nursing Education Consortium With:
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Our Nursing Education Consortium is a partnership with two outstanding Abilene, TX universities: Hardin-Simmons University and McMurry University. Pre-nursing students will complete their general education core at one of these universities, then apply to PHSSN for their final two years of their nursing education. Transfer students can apply to either university, and then PHSSN.
Hear what our students have to say:

I liked our clinical placements. I feel that PHSSN provides the best experiences to their students that help prepare us for practicum and eventual career placement. Our clinical instructors were always great.

- Former PHSSN Student

I made close, meaningful friendships. -The clinical experience was excellent. My clinical instructors were very knowledgeable, and I was always comfortable asking them questions and having discussions.

- Former PHSSN Student

My professor is very knowledgeable about the course material and demonstrated genuine compassion and concern for students and their ability to learn the material. 

- PHSSN Student

It is nice to have an instructor who is deeply passionate about their work. It was nice to know that I have someone who truly cares for student success.

- PHSSN Student

My professor cares about their students, both in the classroom and with struggles outside the classroom. My professor is always encouraging, and if students didn’t understand something, they would try to rephrase what they said in a way that we could understand it better. 

- PHSSN Student

The professor is an overall great role model and constantly encouraged us to be better students so that we will be great nurses.

- PHSSN Student

The faculty member was so organized and makes the classroom a welcoming environment.

- PHSSN Student

Everyone there truly cares about the students… and that is very encouraging.

- Former PHSSN Student
Non-Discrimination Statements:

McMurry University
McMurry University is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the university community and prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, disability or veteran status, in employment or the provision of services, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is also prohibited pursuant to University policy. McMurry University is a church-related university and has the legal right to establish a hiring preference for applicants who are members of the United Methodist Church.

Hardin-Simmons University
HSU complies with all applicable anti-discrimination laws including those prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age, sex, pregnancy, race, color, national origin, disability, genetic information, and military service. HSU is a private university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and may lawfully consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. HSU is committed to hiring faculty and staff who share an active Christian faith and fully support HSU’s mission. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HSU provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment, except when the accommodation would impose an undue hardship. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be directed to Human Resources.