Maximum Accreditation awarded to Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing

July 23, 2019 Macee Hall, Staff Writer

(ABILENE, Texas)–In their May 2019 Board of Commissioners meeting, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) acted to grant the maximum of 10 years accreditation to the programs offered through Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing (PHSSN). The accreditation will extend into June of 2029, with CCNE reevaluating PHSSN in the fall of 2028.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

The Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing

The Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing

While both the baccalaureate and master’s programs received re-accreditation, the APRN certificate program received initial accreditation this year.

PHSSN also recently received their unofficial 2019 National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) results, which reflect well on the work PHSSN educators have put in to revamp and maintain the school’s highly-accredited nursing programs.

The NCLEX is an exam that nursing students must pass to receive their nursing license. This license is granted by the state board and allows the receiver to practice nursing in the state where the permit was issued.

Though official numbers will not be released until fall of this year, the unofficial results show that PHSSN, along with Hardin-Simmons University and McMurry University, looks forward to another successful year.

Last year, PHSSN achieved a 93.55 percent success rate for the NCLEX-RN. The announcement came just weeks after the CCNE’s aforementioned accreditation visit to PHSSN.

The CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency that contributes to the “improvement of the public’s health,” and works to ensure the “quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing,” According to its website, “CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and nurse residency programs.”

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