Master of Science in Nursing

The Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing graduate nursing programs prepare students to assume roles in a variety of health care agencies and organizations, as a result of advanced preparation in health care delivery as advanced family nurse practitioners, researchers, educators, or nurse executives. Many of our MSN students are also interested in our Post-Master’s Certificate for APNs program.

Building upon a baccalaureate nursing education, and the philosophy of PHSSN, faculty believe that development of critical thinking, Christian principles and development, communication, clinical skills, creativity, and self-direction are essential elements in graduate nursing education. Through the educational process, faculty seek to promote awareness of social, cultural, and ethnic diversity, believing it enriches professional growth and development.

The collaborative educational process between the faculty and students promotes progressive mastery and increases learner maturity. Implicit in advanced practice nursing is the acceptance of accountability for lifelong learning, professional growth, Christian principles and development, competent practice, and effective leadership.

The master’s degree program in nursing at Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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


  • Master of Science, Nursing - Education (M.S.N.)
  • Master of Science, Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) (M.S.N.)

Why earn a Master of Science in Nursing at HSU?

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Personalized Instruction

Students enjoy small class sizes and personalized preceptor placement.

A nursing student poses with her daughters.


Nursing Education and FNP students are given the knowledge, skills, and abilities to meet the requirements necessary to sit for national certification in their respective specialty.


More than 90% of all graduates are employed in their specialty within six months of graduation.

Program Details

All courses and course descriptions for the Master of Science in Nursing can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Admission to the MS in Nursing requires the following to be submitted to or conducted by the School of Nursing:

  1. Unencumbered licensure to practice as an RN in Texas and in good standing with the Texas Board of Nursing.
  2. Minimum of one year of clinical nursing practice preferred.
  3. Three letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be obtained from supervisors having knowledge of your clinical skills, work ethic and style, and/or professors attesting to your academic achievements and potential success in a graduate nursing program.
  4. Completion of PHSSN application.
  5. Interview with program director and or faculty.
  6. A completed PHSSN health form and proof of current immunization status.
  7. ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification) is required for Family Nurse Practitioner students prior to beginning clinical courses.

More than 90% of all graduates are employed in their specialty within six months of graduation.

Program Outcomes

  1. Practice advanced nursing roles using the nursing process to deliver advanced, holistic, comprehensive care to individuals and families throughout the life cycle in a variety of settings within a specific population focus i.e. nursing education, advanced clinical practice.
  2. Design and implement strategies that incorporate the use of scientific inquiry and theoretical concepts from nursing and related fields to influence healthcare outcomes for individuals, populations, and healthcare systems.
  3. Analyze spiritual, cultural, social, legal, ethical, economic, and healthcare policy perspectives that influence the health care delivery system.
  4. Lead interprofessional and collaborative teams in developing evidence-based strategies within various health care systems to foster quality improvement and safety in healthcare delivery.
  5. Integrate the use of information systems and patient care technologies in the development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based practices to support decision making for improving health and patient care delivery to a diverse global society.
  6. Demonstrate the highest level of accountability for professional practice, Christian service, and life-long learning.
  7. Engage in leadership through advocacy for evidence-based health policy development to improve local, national, and global health population outcomes.