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 for a complex global society.


Our History:

In 1924, the West Texas Baptist Sanitarium opened its doors with the combined efforts of Dr. Millard Jenkins, pastor of First Baptist Church, and Dr. Jefferson D. Sandefer, president of Simmons College (Hardin-Simmons University). During the Great Depression, the hospital became known as Hendrick Memorial Hospital. The school itself was appropriately named Hendrick Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. The school’s name was changed to Mary Meeks School of Nursing in 1970. In 1981, the name was again changed to Abilene Intercollegiate School of Nursing when three faith-based universities in Abilene and Hendrick Medical Center, came together to create a consortium. In 2005, the name was changed a final time to Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing.

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



The Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing Undergraduate Program has full approval from the Texas Board of Nursing. Graduates are eligible to write the NCLEX-RN (the national examination for registered nursing).

Contact information:
Texas Board of Nursing
William P. Hobby Building
333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460
Austin, TX 78701-3944
Phone: (512) 305-7400


The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in nursing at the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Contact information:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 887-6791